Department Awards


Robert Alan Dahl Award (Outstanding Senior)

Robert A. Dahl graduated from the University of Washington in 1936 and went on to become one of the most distinguished political scientists of his generation. He earned a Ph.D. from Yale in 1940 and became a professor at Yale in 1946 and remained there until his retirement in 1986. He was elected president of the American Political Science Association (APSA) in 1966. Two of his books, Who Governs (1962) and Democracy and Its Critics (1990) received APSA’s Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award as the Best Book of the Year in American Politics. In 1978 he received APSA’s first James Madison Award, given to a scholar whose career is deemed to have been preeminent. In 1982 he was honored by the University of Washington as Alumnas Summa Laude Dignatus.

2014 –Rutger Lukas Ceballos
2013 – Shelby Paige Woods
2012 – Mikhael Samson Yitre
2011 – Alison Davis
2010 – Julia Abelev
2009 – Jay Paul Singh
2008 – Ambrogino Guisti
2007 – James Malone
2006 – Jennifer W. Howk
2005 – Eric Ndahayo Mvukiyehe
2004 – Amy Nicole Ramsey
2003 – Elizabeth Aritzu Zamora
2002 – Stephanie McNees and Jasmine Weaver
2001 – Erik Daniel Pearson
2000 – Erik Mobrand
1999 – Theresa Ann Buckley and Carew Elizabeth Boulding
1998 – Alina Ann McLauchlan and Ralph Paul Stimers
1997 – Heather Deneen Dash and Steven Andrew Miller
1996 – Ian Michael Goodhew
1995 – Michael Philip Corcoro
1994 – Loren Brett Landau
1993 – Jocelyn Inger Peterson
1992 – Steven George Ojemann
1991 – Wendy Elizabeth Franz
1990 – James S. Philipp
1989 – Curtis Alan McGregor
1988 – Gail Marie Stone and Kayleen Jo Hildreth
1987 – Pauline Teresa Bains
1986 – Omid Ali Mantashi




Daniel S. Lev Award for Outstanding Senior Thesis

Daniel S. Lev was an eminent scholar in comparative politics and comparative legal systems, with a special expertise on law, politics and human rights in Southeast Asia. He taught with distinction in the graduate and undergraduate programs of the University of Washington Political Science departments for nearly 30 years. Lev developed the department Honors program into a model of intellectual inquiry that has been emulated across the UW campus and around the nation.

2014 – Morgan Faye Galloway, "Blackhawks and Human Rights:  The Impact and Consequences of Short-term Incentives in Militarizing 'Plan Colombia'"

2013 – William Zachary Brenc, "Gimme Hope John:  United States Foreign Policy Towards South Africa Under Kennedy and the Origins of Constructive Engagement"

          – Griffin Thomas Smith, "A Sleepwalking Society:  The American Dream in the Twentieth Century"

2012 – Chad Thomas Johnson, "The Effect of Locally Designated Job Access Reverse Commute Programs on Employment of the Poor in Los Angeles"

2011 – Sean A. Freeder, "Electoral Spending Shifts in a Post-Citizens United America" and Jeffrey Jon Ostrove, "On the Normative Concept in an Anti-realist Sense"

2010 – Samuel Holden Garfield, "Politics in the University District Farmers' Market: Towards a Political     Anthropology of Markets"

2009 – Ivan Panchenko, "Economic Reform in Ukraine and Estonia (1990-99): The Relationship between     Political Continuity and Economic Reform in Two Post-Soviet Transition Economies"

2008 – Charlotte Sanders, “Media, Militants and Elections: An Analysis of the Portrayal of Hamas in U.S.     Print Media”

2007 – Christopher Dmitri Berk, “Politicizing the Prison” and Robin H. Engle, "Public Financing and State     Legislative Gender Diversity"

2006 – Jennifer W. Howk, "The Truly Socialist War on Terror: Revolution and
    Redefinition in Post-Soviet Cuba" and Elizabeth Lyly Mai Harrington, "Young Russian Women and the     Corporatization of the Individual"

2005 – Candace Lynn Faber, "Ghosts that Bear Arms: Nostalgia and Russian military involvement in the     former Soviet states"

2004 – Tessa Victoria Capeloto, "Assessing the Instrumental Value of Assassination as a Means to     Combat Terror: The Israeli Experience"

2003 – Sean Charles Kellogg, "Government Procurement in the Digital Era: Rethinking Property Rights     Driven Innovation"

2002 – Susan Landes, "The Problem of the Ability-Line"

2001 – Lael Karen Weis, "Remembering Forgetfulness: An aesthetic re-reading of democratic politics"     and Jeffrey Keith Roberson, "Incremental removal of sanctions: two case studies in increased     effectiveness of sanctions"

2000 – Erik Mobrand, "Foreign Aid and Embedded Liberalism: the case of US aid to Russia"

1999 – Aram Adam Meade, "The Post Authorities Dilemma: Can Nascent Democracies Find Justice For     Past Political Crimes"



Sharon Redeker Award (Outstanding Achievement in Public Service)

Sharon Redeker served as the Department of Political Science’s Academic Services Director for 15 years and was an integral part of the UW campus for almost 30 years. During this time, Redeker developed the Department’s internship and volunteer service programs placing hundreds of students in public service positions. Her commitment to citizenship and public spirit remains at the core of our program.

The Redeker Award is granted each year to a graduating senior with outstanding achievement in the area of public service.

2014 – Courtney Michelle Arrington
2013 – Janice Yuet Chun Leung
2012 – Elizabeth Ann Saurwein
2011 – Scott B. Davis
2010 – Martin Duglas Sepulveda
2009 – Helen Hoang Ho
2008 – Joseph Allen Stockton
2007 – Nicholas Austin Fusso
2006 – Tsering Lhadon Dhongthog
2005 – Lindsay Danielle Scola
2004 – F. Lee Hinebaugh
2003 – Julianna P. Rigg




Graduate Student Teaching Award


2014 – Tania Melo
2013 – Joannie Tremblay-Boire
2012 – Josh Eastin
2011 – Jason Lambacher and Allison Rank
2010 – Andrew Cockrell
2009 – Deepa Bhandaru
2008 – Lawrence Cushnie
2007 – Julianna P. Rigg
2006 – Joshua Sapotichne
2005 – Adrian C. Sinkler
2004 – Talal S. Hattar
2003 – Turan Kayaoglu
2002 – Katherine E. Stenger
2001 – David J. Watkins and Yoshinori Nishizaki




Graduate Student Paper Award
Best Paper Presented at a Conference

2014 – Hannah Walker and Kasra Oskooii, “Explaining Executive Discretion: A Mixed-Method Study of the Pardon Process in Washington State"

2013 – Nicholas Stramp, "Presidents Profiting From Disasters: Evidence of Presidential Distributive Politics"

2012 – Seijong Lim, "Financial Market, Labor Market, and Welfare Policy Portfolio in the Developing World"

2011 – Heather Pool, "Mourning Emmett Till: Racial Violence and Political Change" and Brad Epperly, "Political Competition and Judicial Empowerment in Non-Demmocracies"

2010 – Joshua Eastin, "Combat Eruptions: The Effects of Natural Disasters on Violent Civil Conflict"

2009 – Taedong Lee, "Global Cities and Climate Change"

2008 – Brian Greenhill, "International Socialization and the Diffusion of Human Rights Norms"

2007 – Adrian C. Sinkler - "Privatizing the Patrimony: State-Society Relations and the Demand for Private     Rights in Rural Mexico"

2006 – Umut Aydin - "Competition and Cooperation: Subsidies in the US, Canada and the EU"

2005 – John Stephen Alquist - "Fiscal Policy and Capital Flows in the North and South"

2004 – Christian K. Breunig, "Distribution of Budget Changes in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the     United States"

2003 – Adam N. Luedtke - "European Integration, Public Opinion andImmigration Policy: Testing the     Impact of National Identity"

2002 – Tamir M. Moustafa - "Law Versus the State: Credible Commitments and the Establishment of the     Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt"

2001 – Tracy E. Sulkin, “Legislators’ Responsiveness to Campaign Themes: Toward an Agenda-Based     Model of Representation.” and Benjamin B. Smith, “Collective Action With and Without Islam:     Mobilizing the Bazaar in Iran”




Stuart A. Scheingold Award (for Best Graduate Student Paper in the Public Law Field)

Stuart A. Scheingold is an eminent scholar in the study of law and society. He has conducted pioneering research regarding the European Court of Justice, the politics of rights advocacy, political discourse about crime, and cause lawyering, among other topics. Scheingold contributed to a vibrant tradition of graduate and undergraduate education in the Political Science field of public law for over 30 years at the University of Washington. In honor of this legacy, the Scheingold Award is awarded annually to the best graduate student paper in the public law field.

2014 – Laura Back, “The Neglected Subjects of Civil Rights: A School Desegregation Case Study”

2013 – Erin Adam, "Rights Discourses and Framing: Lesbian and Gay Anti-Discrimination Policy in Washington State"

Betsy Cooper, "Rights Discourses and Framing: Lesbian and Gay Anti-Discrimination Policy in Washington State"

2012 – Kristine Taylor, "Untimely Subjects: White Trash and the Politics of Racial Innocence in the Postwar South"

2011 – Seth Greenfest, "Jurisdiction-Granting: Legislative Capacity and Ideological Distance"

2010 – Christopher Heurlin, "Information and Legacies: Electoral Volatility in the Post Communist World"

2009 - Annie Menzel - "The SCHIP's "fetus option": An intimate geography of the global racial regime of citizenship."

2008 - Shauna Fisher - "It Takes (At Least) Two to Tango: Fighting with Words in the Conflict over Same-Sex Marriage"

2007 - Sooenn Park  - "The Human in the Making: Politics of Human Rights without Human Foundation"

2006 - Jennifer Fredette, "What Not to Wear: A Legal Mobilization Approach to Explaining Recent Rights Claiming in France"

2005 - Iza R. Hussin, "The Pursuit of the Perak Regalia: Law and the Making of the Colonial State"

2004 - Ceren Belge - "Friends of the Court: The Republican Alliance and Selective Activism of the Constitutional Court of Turkey"

2003 - Glenn D. Mackin - "Feminism and Paradigms of Law"

2002 - Claire E. Rasmussen

2001 - Scott E. Lemieux and Jeffrey R. Dudas, "Of Savages and Sovereigns: Tribal Self-Administration and the Legal Construction of Dependence"