The #APSA2014 Annual Meeting took place at the Marriott Wardman Park, in Washington, D.C. Below are some highlights of the new member breakfast.
This theme session took place on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 10:15 a.m. in the Hilton Union Square Continental Ballroom 5, San Francisco, Calif.
It was sponsored by Division 32: Race, Ethnicity and Politics and Division 52: Migration and Citizenship.
- Jane Y. Junn, University of Southern California
- Nathaniel Persily, Stanford University
- David T. Canon, University of Wisconsin, Madison
- Sophia Jordan Wallace, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
- Stephen D. Ansolabehere, Harvard University
- Kareem Crayton, Crimcard Consulting Services
The Edward S. Corwin prize is awarded annually for the best dissertation in the field of public law. The Recipient is Matthew Hitt, Louisiana State University for the Dissertation: “Judgment-rationale inconsistency in the US Supreme Court,” Ohio State University
Matthew Hitt advances an elegant theory that considers an important aspect of Supreme Court decision making with ramifications beyond the Court, one that frustrates many political scientists and lawyers: the plurality decision, or, in Hitt’s language, incidences of judgment-rationale inconsistency. Conducting rigorous and methodologically sophisticated tests of results from formal modeling, Hitt explores what drives judgment-rationale inconsistency, the slippage between outcome vote and rationale that emerges when there exists no opinion on which a majority of justices agree. In the strongest form of rationale inconsistency, the “discursive dilemma,” the opinions offered by the members of the majority are not only joined by fewer than a majority, but are also logically inconsistent with each other. Social choice theorists of judicial hierarchies have long thought that such dilemmas must have important consequences for strategic docket management, as well as the precedential value or systemic legitimacy of a decision. Hitt asks how much of a pathology judgment-rationale inconsistency really is for the legitimacy of the rule of law in an advanced legal system, and whether it is getting worse over time. His findings suggest that such inconsistency, at least in its strongest form (the discursive dilemma), has significant negative impact on the precedential value of a decision and presumably the legitimacy of the Court issuing it. But, if this is pathology, it is one that has remained remarkably consistent over time and may be intrinsic in judicial hierarchies that are tasked with resolving politically contentious issues. Hitt’s ability to predict the circumstances under which the Court reaches out to decide cases despite the risk of discursive paradox is certain to launch a good deal of new research by both political scientists and Supreme Court legal scholars, but it also speaks in important ways to many other fields within law and courts by encouraging us to place political salience, legal discursive meaning, and systemic legitimacy into a common analysis.
Thanks to the Award Committee: Jonathan Simon, University of California, Berkeley, chair; Sara Benesh, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and Ronald Kahn, Oberlin College
This theme session took place on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 8 a.m. in the Hilton Union Square Continental Ballroom 5, San Francisco, Calif.
It was sponsored by Division 38: Political Communication.
- Alvin B. Tillery, Northwestern University
- E.J. Dionne
- Christina M. Greer, Fordham University
- Karthick Ramakrishnan, University of California Riverside
- Jeffrey Ryan Smith, The New School
- Joshua A. Tucker, New York University
The Gabriel A. Almond prize is awarded annually for the best dissertation in the field of comparative politics. The Recipient is Adam Auerbach, American University for the Dissertation: “Demanding Development: Democracy, Community Governance, and Public Goods Provision in India’s Urban Slums,” University of Wisconsin.
This dissertation is about poverty and development in the urban slums of India and specifically about how low income Indian citizens come together to combat poverty and gain access to basic public services such as drinking water, sanitation and waste removal, paved roads, public safety, and schools. Auerbach says that access to these basic services varies widely across India owing to greater or lesser levels of success by citizens within neighborhoods in working together to bring these services to the local area. Auerbach finds that the role of parties is essential in bringing services to communities and that dense party networks are key in bringing services. However, the density of those networks is greater where communities are more diverse, socially diverse and heterogeneous communities are most successful in working together to acquire basic services.
Thanks to the Award Committee: Leslie Anderson, University of Florida, chair; Nick Ziegler, University of California, Berkeley; and Hans Peter Schmitz, University of San Diego.
The APSA Distinguished Teaching Award honors the outstanding contribution to undergraduate and graduate teaching of political science at two- and four-year institutions. The contribution may span several years or an entire career, or it may be a single project of exceptional impact.
The Recipient is John Ishiyama, University of North Texas.
Ishiyama’s foundational work and leadership within APSA has helped build important infrastructure to promote Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, enhanced research on teaching and learning, and left a strong legacy for future educators. He served as founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Political Science Education from 2004 until 2012, when he assumed the role of lead editor of the American Political Science Review. He was one of the founders and architects of the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, an important conference that equips and encourages political science educators around the world. His impressive range of pedagogical articles, papers, and monographs testify to his commitment to elevating teaching in the discipline. His wide range of accomplishments also includes directing undergraduate research programs, securing grants to fund research and mentoring programs, and serving in leadership roles with the APSA Teaching and Learning Committee and Pi Sigma Alpha.
It is likely little surprise that Ishiyama has received many awards for his teaching, research, and mentoring. His recognitions include the Ronald E. McNair Program Outstanding Service Award, the Ulys and Vera Knight Faculty Mentor Award, the APSA Political Science Education Distinguished Service Award, the Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar Award, the Carnegie Foundation US Professor of the Year for Missouri, the Missouri Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, and the William O’Donnell Lee Advising Award. It is an honor for us to add the 2015 APSA Distinguished Teaching Award to these many accolades.
Thanks to the Award Committee: Amy Black, Wheaton College, chair; Michael Leo Owens, Emory University; and Tomas Koontz, University of Washington, Tacoma.
September 3, 2015 – Hilton Union Square, San Francisco, Calif.
Robert Reich, JD, is an American political economist, professor, author, and political commentator. He served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and was Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. He was appointed a member of President-elect Barack Obama’s economic transition advisory board. Reich is currently Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He was formerly a professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and professor of social and economic policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management of Brandeis University. He has also been a contributing editor of The New Republic, The American Prospect (also chairman and founding editor), Harvard Business Review, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Reich is a political commentator on programs including Hardball with Chris Matthews, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, CNBC’s Kudlow & Company, and APM’s Marketplace. In 2008, Time magazine named him one of the Ten Best Cabinet Members of the century, and The Wall Street Journal in 2008 placed him sixth on its list of the “Most Influential Business Thinkers”. He has published 14 books, including the best-sellers The Work of Nations, Reason, Supercapitalism, Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future, and a best-selling e-book, Beyond Outrage. He is also chairman of Common Cause and blogs about the political economy at Robertreich.org. The Robert Reich – Jacob Kornbluth film Inequality for All won a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Utah.
The #APSA2004 Annual Meeting took place at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Ill. Below are some highlights of the poster sessions.