BOOK, ARTICLE AND PAPER AWARDS

The APSA Organized Section for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research sponsors three annual awards to recognize outstanding new research within the qualitative tradition. This tradition is understood as encompassing the partially overlapping areas of the case study method, small-N analysis, the comparative method, the ethnographic tradition of field research, constructivism and interpretivism, concept analysis, the comparative-historical method, and related work on the logic of inquiry.

The book, article, and conference paper awards will all encompass two types of contributions: new research on methodology per se, i.e., studies that introduce specific methodological innovations or that synthesize and integrate methodological ideas in a way that is in itself a methodological contribution; and substantive work that is an exemplar for the application of qualitative methods.

1. Giovanni Sartori Book Award. This award honors Giovanni Sartori's work on qualitative methods and concept formation, and especially his contribution to helping scholars think about problems of context as they refine concepts and apply them to new spatial and temporal settings. This award may be granted to a single-authored or multi-authored book, or to an edited volume. The Sartori award will be given to works published in the calendar year prior to the year of the APSA meeting at which the award is presented, i.e. for the 2021 award to materials published in 2020.  The copyright date of the book will establish the relevant year. One copy of the nominated work should be sent to each of the three committee members by January 31. Please contact the section's Secretary-Treasurer, Colin Elman, at celman@syr.edu to request their mailing addresses. Click here to access a full list of previous Giovanni Sartori Book Award recipients.

2. Alexander L. George Article Award. This award honors Alexander George's contributions to the comparative case-study method, including his work linking that method to a systematic concern with research design, and his contribution of developing the idea and the practice of process tracing. This award may be granted to a journal article or to a chapter in an edited volume that stands on its own as an article.  The George award will be given to works published in the calendar year prior to the year of the APSA meeting at which the award is presented, i.e. for the 2021 award to materials published in 2020.   In determining the date of an article publication, authors may choose either the date the article was first electronically published or the date of the formal journal citation (but not both).  In determining the date of a book chapter publication, the copyright date of the book will establish the relevant year. A pdf file of the nominated article/chapter should be emailed to celman@syr.edu by January 31. Click here to access a full list of Alexander L. George Article Award recipients.

3. Kendra Koivu Paper Award.  This award honors the scholarly legacy and contributions of Kendra Koivu, who published important works on process tracing, case selection, and other qualitative fields, and who provided valuable service to the section. This award is given to a paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association. Please note that to be eligible for consideration, the paper must be the version that was presented at the 2020 APSA annual meeting, not a subsequent iteration. A pdf file of the nominated APSA paper should be emailed to celman@syr.edu by January 31. Click here to access a full list of award recipients.

MID-CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

David Collier Mid-Career Achievement Award. The Award honors David Collier's contributions-through his research, graduate teaching, and institution-building-as a founder of the qualitative and multi-method research movement in contemporary political science. The award will be presented annually to a mid-career political scientist to recognize distinction in methodological publications, innovative application of qualitative and multi-method approaches in substantive research, and/or institutional contributions to this area of methodology. To be eligible for the mid-career award, nominees must have defended their dissertation within fifteen years of the beginning of the year in which the award is presented. For the 2021 award, nominees must have defended their dissertation in or later than 2006.

Please send nominations by January 31, 2021, via email to Jason Seawright (j-seawright@northwestern.edu), the President of the APSA Organized Section for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research. Each nomination must include a cover letter summarizing specific merits of the candidate (not merely generic praise), as well as an up-to-date curriculum vitae of the nominee, including the date of the doctoral degree. Self-nominations are welcome. Click here to access a full list of David Collier Mid-Career Achievement Award recipients.  

Citations to previous awards can also be found in the Fall issues of the Section's publication.