2020: Jennifer Bussell, Clients and Constituents: Political Responsiveness in Patronage Democracies (Oxford University Press, 2019).

2020 Honorable Mention: Gwyneth H. McClendon and Rachel Beatty Riedl, From Pews to Politics: Religious Sermons and Political Participation in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

2019: Simeon Nichter, Votes for Survival: Relational Clientelism in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

2019 Honorable Mention: Abigail Fisher Williamson, Welcoming New Americans?: Local Governments and Immigrant Incorporation (University of Chicago Press 2018).

2018: Alisha C. Holland, Forbearance as Redistribution: The Politics of Informal Welfare (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

2017: Katherine J. Cramer, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker (Chicago University Press, 2016).

2016: Ronald R. Krebs, Narrative and the Making of US National Security (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

2016 Honorable Mention: Anna Grzymala-Busse, Nations under God: How Churches Use Moral Authority to Influence Policy (Princeton University Press, 2015).

2015: Melani Cammett, Compassionate Communalism: Welfare and Sectarianism in Lebanon (Cornell University Press, 2014).

2014: Katerina Linos, The Democratic Foundations of Policy Diffusion: How Health, Family and Employment Laws Spread Across Countries (Oxford University Press, 2013).

2014 Honorable Mention: Rebecca Abers and Margaret Keck, Practical Authority: Agency and Institutional Change in Brazilian Water Politics (Oxford University Press, 2013).

2013: Kristen Renwick Monroe, Ethics in an Age of Terror and Genocide: Identity and Moral Choice (Princeton University Press, 2012).

2012: Alan M. Jacobs, Governing for the Long Term: Democracy and the Politics of Investment (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

2011: Lauren M. MacLean, Informal Institutions and Citizenship in Rural Africa: Risk and Reciprocity in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

2010: Edward Schatz, ed., Political Ethnography: What Immersion Contributes to the Study of Power (University of Chicago Press, 2009).

2010: Evan S. Lieberman, Boundaries of Contagion: How Ethnic Politics Have Shaped Government Responses to AIDS (Princeton University Press, 2009).

2009: Margaret Somers, Genealogies of Citizenship. Markets, Statelessness and the Right to Have Rights. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

2008: Michael Tomz, Reputation and International Cooperation: Sovereign Debt Across Three Centuries (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007).

2007: Gary Goertz, Social Science Concepts: A User’s Guide (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006).

2006: Alexander L. George and Andrew Bennett, Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005).

2005: Henry E. Brady and David Collier, eds. Rethinking Social Inquiry: Diverse Tools, Shared Standards. (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004).

2004: James Mahoney and Dietrich Rueschemeyer, eds., Comparative Historical Analysis in the Social Sciences (Cambridge University Press, 2003).