Presidency Research Award Recipients

° Richard E. Neustadt Award for best book on American presidency
° Erwin Hargrove Founder’s Paper Award
° Martha Joynt Kumar Founder's Graduate Student Paper Award
° PRG Career Service Award
° George C. Edwards III Dissertation Award
° Best Undergraduate Paper Award
° Paul Peck Presidential Award

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Richard E. Neustadt Award
Given for the best authored and reference book(s) published in the previous year that contributed to
research and scholarship in the field of the American presidency


David E. Lewis, Vanderbilt University

The Politics of Presidential Appointments: Political Control and Bureaucratic Performance (Princeton University Press, 2008)

2008 Martha Joynt Kumar, Towson University  Managing the President's Message: The White House Communications Operation (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007)
2008 William G. Howell, University of Chicago, and Jon C. Pevehouse, University of Chicago  While Dangers Gather: Congressional Checks on Presidential War Powers (Princeton University Press, 2007)
2007 Brandice Canes-Wrone, Princeton University

Who Leads Whom? Presidents, Policy, and the Public (University of Chicago Press, 2006)

2006 Louis Fisher, Law Division, Library of Congress (authored) Military Tribunals and Presidential Power: American Revolution to the War on Terrorism (University Press of Kansas, 2005)
2006 Joel D. Aberbach and Mark A. Peterson, University of California, Los Angeles (reference) The Executive Branch (Oxford University Press, 2005)
2005 Kevin J. McMahon, Trinity College Reconsidering Roosevelt on Race: How the Presidency Paved the Road to Brown (University of Chicago Press, 2004)
2004 Janet M. Martin, Bowdoin College The Presidency and Women: Promise, Performance, and Illusion (Texas A&M University Press, 2003)
2003 Andrew C. Rudalevige, Dickinson College Managing the Presidents Program: Presidential Leadership and Legislative Policy Formation (Princeton University Press, 2002)
2002 Kenneth R. Mayer, University of Wisconsin
With the Stroke of a Pen: Executive Orders and Presidential Power (Princeton University Press, 2001)
2002 Patricia H. Conley*, Texas A&M University (*honorable mention) Presidential Mandates: How Elections Shape the National Agenda (University of Chicago Press, 2001)
2002 Larry Berman*, University of California, Washington Center (*honorable mention) No Peace, No Honor: Nixon, Kissinger, and Betrayal in Vietnam (Free Press, 2001)
2001 Lawrence R. Jacobs, University of Minnesota; and Robert Y. Shapiro, Columbia University Politicians Don't Pander: Political Manipulation and the Loss of Democratic Responsiveness (University of Chicago Press, 2000)
2000 David Alistair Yalof, University of Connecticut Pursuit of Justices: Presidential Politics and the Selection of Supreme Court Nominees (University of Chicago Press, 1999)
1999 Keith Krehbiel, Stanford University Pivotal Politics: A Theory of U.S. Lawmaking (University of Chicago Press, 1998)
1998 Jeffrey E. Cohen, Fordham University Presidential Responsiveness and Public Policy-Making: The Public and the Policies That Presidents Choose (University of Michigan Press, 1997)
1997 Stanley A. Renshon, City University of New York Graduate Center High Hopes: The Clinton Presidency and the Politics of Ambition (New York University Press, 1996)
1996 Charles E. Walcott and Karen M. Hult, Virginia Tech Governing the White House: From Hoover through LBJ (University Press of Kansas, 1995)
1995 Charles O. Jones, University of Wisconsin The Presidency in a Separated System (The Brookings Institution, 1994)
1994 Stephen Skowronek, Yale University The Politics Presidents Make: Leadership from John Adams to George Bush (Harvard University Press, 1993)
1993 Paul Brace, Florida State University; and Barbara Hinckley, Purdue University Follow the Leader:  Opinion Polls and the Modern Presidents (Basic Books, 1992)
1992 David R. Mayhew, Yale University Divided We Govern:  Party Control, Lawmaking, and Investigations, 1946-1990 (Yale University Press, 1991)
1991 Harold Hongju Koh, Yale University The National Security Constitution (Yale University Press, 1990)
1990 John P. Burke, University of Vermont; and Fred I. Greenstein, Princeton University; and collaborators Larry Berman, University of California, Davis; and Richard Immerman How Presidents Test Reality (Russell Sage Foundation, 1989)
1989 Erwin C. Hargrove, Vanderbilt University Jimmy Carter as President:  Leadership and the Politics of the Public Good (Louisiana State University Press, 1988)
1988 Barry Schwarz, George Washington:  The Making of an American Symbol (Collier/Macmillan/Free Press, 1987)
1987 Colin S. Campbell, Managing the Presidency (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1986)
1986 Theodore J. Lowi, Cornell University The Personal President (Cornell University Press, 1985)
1985 Bert Rockman, University of Pittsburgh The Leadership Question (Praeger, 1984)

Erwin Hargrove Founder's Paper Award
awarded for the best paper presented at the previous year's APSA Annual Meeting by  Ph.D. holding scholar   Top

2009 Jeffrey E. Cohen, Fordham University

“The Congressional Roots of Presidential Approval”

2008 B. Dan Wood, Texas A&M University “Presidential Saber Rattling and the Economy”

Jeffrey E. Cohen, Fordham University, and Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha, University of North Texas

"Change and Stability in the President’s Legislative Policy Agenda, 1789-2002"
2006 Andrew C. Rudalevige, Dickinson College, and David E. Lewis, Princeton University "Parsing the Politicized Presidency: Centralization and Politicization as Presidential Strategies for Bureaucratic Control"
2005 Lawrence R. Jacobs and James N. Druckman, University of Minnesota "Lumpers and Splitters: The Public Opinion Information That Politicians Collect and Use"
2004 Marty Cohen, Hans Noel, and John Zaller, University of California, Los Angeles "Constant Rules, Changing Game: A General Model of Presidential Primaries, 1972-2000"
2003 Andrew C. Rudalevige, Dickinson College "The Structure of Leadership: Information, Organization, and Presidential Decision Making"
2002 B. Dan Wood, University of California, Los Angeles; and John Bohte, Oakland University "The Politics of Administrative Design"
2001 Matthew A. Baum, University of California, Los Angeles "Who Rallies? The Constituent Foundations of the Rally-Round-the-Flag Phenomenon"
2000 Keith Wittington, Princeton University; and Daniel Carpenter, University of Michigan "Institutional Development in a System of Separation of Powers"
1999 John Frendreis, Raymond Tatalovich, and Jon Schaff, Loyola University of Chicago "Predicting Legislative Output in the First '100 Days,' 1897-1995"
1998 Bruce Buchanan, University of Texas, Austin "Presidential Campaign Quality: What the Variance Implies"
1997 not awarded  
1996 Robert J. Spitzer, SUNY at Cortland "'It's My Constitution and I'll Cry If I Want to': Veto Dispute"
1995 Richard A. Forshee, University of Michigan "Presidential Activism and Obstruction in Committee and on the Floor"
1994 not awarded  
1993 Lawrence R. Jacobs, University of Minnesota; and Robert Y. Shapiro, Columbia University "Leadership and Responsiveness:  Some New Evidence on the Johnson Presidency"
1992 Michael Genovese, Loyola University "Margaret Thatcher and the Politics of Conviction Leadership"
1991  Bartholomew H. Sparrow,  University of Texas, Austin "Raising Taxes and Going into Debt:  A Resource Dependence Model of U.S. Public Finance in the 1940s"

Martha Joynt Kumar Founder's Graduate Student Paper Award
awarded for the best paper by a graduate student presented at either the
 national conference or one of the regional conferences in the preceding academic year   Top


Cari Lynn Hennessy, Northwestern University

"The Effect of Public Opinion on Policy Outcomes in Sequential Veto Bargaining"

2008 Curtis W. Nichols, University of Texas at Austin, and Adam Myers, University of Texas at Austin "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Exploiting the Opportunity for Reconstructive Leadership"
2007 Kevin James Parsneau, University of Minnesota

"Politicizing Priority Departments: Presidential Policy Priorities and Subcabinet Nominations"

2006 Michael Cutrone, Princeton University "Parties, Pivots, and the Patients' Bill of Rights"
2005 not awarded  
2004 not awarded  
2003 Elvin T. Lim, Nuffield College, University of Oxford "The Lion and the Lamb: De-Mythologizing Franklin Roosevelt's Fireside Chats"
2002 Casey B. K. Dominguez, University of California at Berkeley "Is it a Honeymoon? An Empirical Investigation of the President's First Hundred Days"
2001 Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha, Texas A&M University "Anticipating Agendas: Dynamics of Presidential Policy" 
2000 Kevin S. Price, University of Wisconsin, Madison "The Partisan Legacies of Preemptive Leadership: Assessing the Eisenhower Cohorts in the U.S. House"
1999 David E. Lewis, Stanford University "The Presidential Advantage in the Design of Bureaucratic Agencies"
1997 Richard J. Powell, Northwestern University "Taking the Show on the Road: The Politics of Presidential Travel in the Modern Era"
1996 David B. Cohen, University of South Carolina "President Bush's Chiefs of Staff: Sununu and Skinner in the White House"
1991 Bartholomew H. Sparrow, University of Texas, Austin "Raising Taxes and Going into Debt: A Resource Dependence Model of U.S. Public Finance in the 1940s"

George C. Edwards III Dissertation Award
Given annually for the best dissertation in presidency research   Top


Jose D. Villalobos, Texas A&M University

"Presidential-Bureaucratic Management and Policy Making Success in Congress"

PRG Career Service Award
conferred every four years during a presidential election year   Top

2008 George C. Edwards III, Texas A & M University
2004 Fred I. Greenstein, Princeton University
2000 Richard E. Neustadt, Harvard University

Best Undergraduate Paper Award
given for the best paper written by an undergraduate completed in the preceding academic year   Top


Adam Aliano, United States Naval Academy

"From the New Frontier to Change You Can Believe In: The Issues of Person and the Campaigns of 1960 and 2008"

2008 Brett Amelkin, Princeton University "Fit to Print: Trends in New York Times Election Coverage, 1960-2006"
2007 Carrie Roush, Dickinson College

"'Great Writ,' Great Power: Habeas Corpus and Prerogative in the Lincoln and Bush II Presidencies"; Advisor: Andrew Rudalevige

2006 Andrew Kaufman, Carleton College "Historical Continuities in the 2004 Presidential Debates"
2005 Rebecca Stark, Carleton College “The Influence of Foreign Affairs in Presidential Elections, 1992-2004.”

Paul Peck Presidential Awards
This award is presented by the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution to honor presidential service and presidential portrayal.  The Awards began in calendar 2003.  The PRG represents APSA as one of eight nominating organizations.  For more information, please visit the Gallery's Paul Peck Presidential Awards at and APSA at   Top

2006 Leon E. Panetta Service to the Presidency
2006 Arthur M. Schlesinger Portrayal of the Presidency
2005 Howard H. Baker Jr. Service to the Presidency
2005 Hugh Sidey Portrayal of the Presidency
2004 George M. Elsey Service to the Presidency
2004 Brian P. Lamb Portrayal of the Presidency
2003 Thomas Pickering Service to the Presidency
2003 Diana Walker Portrayal of the Presidency

General Source:  APSA Award Winners - Presidency Research Award Winners at