American Political Thought: Call for Section Award Nominations


American Political Thought: Call for Award Nominations


The American Political Thought section at the American Political Science Association would like to invite nominations for this year’s Section Awards:

>> Best Book in American Political Thought

>> Best Article in the Journal, American Political Thought

>> Best Dissertation in American Political Thought

The Best Dissertation Award will cover the previous two years, and nominations for this award should be provided by department chairs (one per department). Please send nominations to Benjamin Kleinerman at

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American Political Thought journal coverAmerican Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture is a JMC supported journal that bridges the gap between historical, empirical, and theoretical research. It is the only journal dedicated exclusively to the study of American political thought. Interdisciplinary in scope, APT features research by political scientists, historians, literary scholars, economists, and philosophers who study the foundation of the American political tradition. Research explores key political concepts such as democracy, constitutionalism, equality, liberty, citizenship, political identity, and the role of the state.

JMC is glad to announce the newest editors of the journal, JMC fellows Jeremy D. Bailey and Susan McWilliams. Nicholas Buccola, also a JMC fellow, will be the new book review editor.

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The American Political Thought section of the American Political Science Association, was formed in 2016 to facilitate and encourage a uniquely integrative approach to the study of politics that will put scholars of American politics, political theory, American political development, American history, philosophy, American literature, and other related fields in ongoing and fruitful conversation with one another. In addition to the awards it grants, the section organizes regular meetings at APSA conferences where it also sponsors panels.

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Benjamin KleinermanBenjamin A. Kleinerman is the Chair of the American Political Thought section of APSA. He is Associate Professor of Constitutional Democracy at James Madison College, Michigan State University.  He has published articles in Perspectives on Politics  (APSA), American Political Science Review, Texas Law Review and several edited volumes including Nomos and The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. He has also been invited to give talks at Yale University, the University of Notre Dame, Xavier University, Kenyon College, and the University of Cincinnati.  Professor Kleinerman’s first book, The Discretionary President: The Promise and Peril of Executive Power, has been reviewed in The New Republic and Political Science Quarterly.  Professor Kleinerman teaches classes on both political thought and political institutions.  He has also published on other subjects including literature and politics and American political history.

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