Honors & Awards

Each year, the African Politics Conference Group confers five awards to recognize exceptional scholarship in the study of African Politics.  The most recent recipients and honorable mentions for these awards are highlighted here. Past award winners are also documented below.

APCG Distinguished Africanist Award 2022

Winner: Nicolas van de Walle (Cornell University)

APCG Best Book 2022

Winner: Robtel Neajai Pailey (London School of Economics and Political Science)

Development, (Dual) Citizenship and Its Discontents in Africa: The Political Economy of Belonging to Liberia

Cambridge University Press

APCG Best Article 2022:

Winner: Elizabeth Wellman

“Emigrant Inclusion in Home Country Elections:Theory and Evidence from sub-Saharan Africa” American Political Science Review 115(1):82-96.

APCG-Ralph Bunche Best Graduate Student Paper 2022

Winner: Vladimir Chlouba

“The Politics of Respect: Early State Inheritance and Traditional Governance”

Honorable Mention: Catlan Reardon

The Ties That Bind or Break: Local Leaders,Dispute Arbitration, and Violence in Nigeria”

APCG-Lynne Rienner Best Dissertation 2022

Winner : David Ngendo-Tshimba (Makerere University)

"Transgressing Buyira: An Historical InquiryInto Violence Astride the Congo-Uganda Border"

Honorable Mention: Vanessa van den Boogaard (University of Toronto)

"Informal Revenue Generation and the State: Evidence from Sierra Leone" 

Past Award Winners

Best Book Award

2021: Winner Janet Lewis

How Insurgency Begins Cambridge University Press.

2020: Co-Winner Ken Ochieng' Opalo

Legislative Development in Africa: Politics and Postcolonial Legacies. Cambridge University Press.

Co-Winner: Nicholas Smith

Contradictions of Democracy: Vigilantism and Rights in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Oxford University Press.

2019: Eric Kramon

Money for Votes: The Causes and Consequences of Electoral Clientelism in Africa. Cambridge University Press.

2018: Timothy Longman

Memory and Justice in Post-Genocide Rwanda. Cambridge University Press.

2015: Catherine Boone

Property and Political Order in Africa: Land Rights and Structure of Politics. Cambridge University Press.

Honorable Mention: Frederick Cooper

Citizenship Between Empire and Nation: Remaking France and French Africa, 1945-1960. Princeton University Press

Honorable Mention: Claire Adida

Immigrant Exclusion and Insecurity in Africa: Coethnic Strangers. Cambridge University Press

2013: Rachel Beatty Riedl

Authoritarian Origins of Democratic Party Systems in Africa. Cambridge University Press

2012: Co-Winner Leonardo Arriola

Multiethnic Coalitions in Africa: Business Financing of Opposition Election Campaigns. Cambridge University Press

Co-Winner: Crawford Young

The Postcolonial State in Africa: Fifty Years of Independence, 1960-2010. University of Wisconsin Press

Honorable Mention: M. Anne Pitcher

Party Politics and Economic Reform in Africa’s Democracies. Cambridge University Press

2011: Adrienne LeBas

From Protest to Parties. Party-Building and Democratization in Africa. Oxford University Press

2010: Charles Piot

Nostalgia for the Future: West Africa after the Cold War. University of Chicago Press

2009: Pierre Englebert

Africa: Unity, Sovereignty, and Sorrow. Lynne Rienner Publishers

2008: Susan D. Wing

Constructing Democracy in Transitioning Societies of Africa: Constitutionalism and Deliberation in Mali. Palgrave-MacMillan.

2007: Elizabeth Schmidt

Cold War and Decolonization in Guinea, 1946-1958. Ohio University Press

2006: Joshua B. Rubongoya

Regime Hegemony in Museveni’s Uganda. Palgrave-Macmillan

2005: Dan Posner

Institutions and Ethnic Politics in Africa. Cambridge University Press

2004: Dennis Galvan

The State Must Be Our Master of Fire: How Peasants Craft Culturally Sustainable Development in Senegal. University of California Press.​

Best Article

2021: Anne Meng

“Winning the Game of Thrones: Leadership Succession in Modern Autocracies.” Journal of Conflict Resolution 65(5): 950-981.

2020: Amanda Lea Robinson and Jessica Gottlieb

How to close the gender gap in political participation: Lessons from matrilineal societies in Africa.” Journal of Modern African Studies 52(4): 571-595.

Honorable Mention: Vanessa van den Boogaard, Wilson Prichard, and Samuel Jibao

Informal taxation in Sierra Leone: Magnitudes, perceptions and implications.” African Affairs 118(471): 259-284.

2019: Mai Hassan and Tom O’Mealia

Networks of Violence and Becoming: Youth and the Politics of Patronage in Nigeria’s Oil-Rich Delta.” Journal of Modern African Studies 52(4): 571-595.

2018: Claire Adida, Jessica Gottlieb, Eric Kramon, and Gwyneth McClendon

Reducing or Reinforcing In-Group Preferences? An Experiment on Information and Ethnic Voting.” Quarterly Journal of Political Science 12: 437-477.

2014: Akin Iwilade

Networks of Violence and Becoming: Youth and the Politics of Patronage in Nigeria’s Oil-Rich Delta.” Journal of Modern African Studies 52(4): 571-595.

Honorable Mention: Isalin Bergamaschi

The Fall of a Donor Darling: the Role of Aid in Mali’s Crisis.” Journal of Modern African Studies 52(3): 347-378.

Honorable Mention: Issaka K. Souare

The African Union as Norm Entrepreneur on Military Coups d’etat in African (1952-2012): an empirical assessment.” Journal of Modern African Studies 52(1): 69-94.

2013: Dominika Koter

Kingmakers: Local Leaders and Ethnic Politics in Africa,” World Politics 65 (2): 187-232.

2012: Séverine Autesserre

Dangerous Tales: Dominant Narratives on the Congo and their Unintended Consequences,” African Affairs 111, 413

2011: Claire Adida

Too Close for Comfort? Immigrant Exclusion in Africa.” Comparative Political Studies 44 (2011): 1370–1396.

2010: Mireille Razafindrakoto and François Roubaud

Are International Databases on Corruption Reliable? A Comparison of Expert Opinion Surveys and Household Surveys in Sub-Saharan Africa,” World Development, 38 (8): 1057–1069.

2009: Leonardo R. Arriola

Patronage and Political Stability in Africa,” Comparative Political Studies 42 (10).

2008: Susanne D. Mueller

The Political Economy of Kenya’s Crisis,” Journal of Eastern African Studies 2 (2): 185–210.

2007: Lahra Smith

Voting for an Ethnic Identity: Procedural and Institutional Responses to Ethnic Conflict in Ethiopia,” Journal of Modern African Studies 45, no. 4: 565–594.

2006: Macartan Humphreys and Jeremy Weinstein

Handling and Manhandling Civilians in Civil War,” American Political Science Review 100 (3): 429–448.

2004: Eghosa E. Osaghae

Political Transitions and Ethnic Conflict in Africa.” Journal of Third World Studies, Vol. XXI, No. 1 (2004), pp. 221-240.e

APCG-Lynne Rienner Best Dissertation Award

2020: Co-Winner: Amanda Edgell

“Crowing Hens or Party Pawns? The Causes and Consequences of Gender Quotas in Authoritarian Regimes”

2020 Co-Winner: Beth Wellman

“Citizenship Beyond Borders: The Politics of Emigrant Enfranchisement in Africa”

2018: Modupe Oshikoya

Exploring the Impact of Insurgencies on Gender-Based Violence and the Nigerian Armed Forces: The Boko Haram Case (UMass Boston)

Honorable Mention: Fiona Shen-Bayh

Autocratic Courts in Africa (University of California, Berkeley)

2017: Sobukwe Odinga

Looking For Leverage: Hard Bargaining and US-Africa Security Partnerships (CUNY)

Honorable Mention: Charlie Taylor

Ethnic Politics and Campaign Strategies in Contemporary Africa: Evidence from Kenya and Ghana (University of Wisconsin)

2014: Jeffery Paller

African Slums: Constructing Democracy in Unlikely Places (University of Wisconsin)

Honorable Mention: Mai Hassan

The Kenyan State after Multiparty Elections (Harvard University)

2013: Matthew I. Mitchell

Rethinking the Migration-Conflict Nexus: Insights from the Cocoa Regions in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana (Queen's University)

2012: Janet Lewis

How Rebellion Begins: Insurgent Group Formation and Viability in Uganda (Harvard University)

2011: Jaimie Bleck

Schooling Citizens: Education, Citizenship, and Democracy in Mali (Cornell University)

2010: Jenifer Brass

Surrogates for Government? NGOs and the State in Kenya (University of California, Berkeley)

APCG-African Affairs Best Graduate Student Paper Award

2020: Nicolai Schulz

“The Politics of Export Restrictions: A panel data analysis of African commodity processing industries”

Honorable Mention: Rachael McLellan ()

The Politics of Local Control in Electoral Autocracies”

2018: Justine M. Davis

“Wartime Experiences of Civil Leaders: Legacies of Civil War in Cote D'Ivoire"

2017: Sarah Brierley

“Unprincipled Principals: Co-opted Bureaucrats and Corruption in Local Governments in Ghana."

2013: Milli Lake

“Organized Hypocrisy: External Actors and Building the Rule of Law in Fragile States”

2012: Amanda Robinson

Amanda Robinson, “Nationalism and Inter-Ethnic Trust: Evidence from an African Border Region”

2011: Robin Harding

“One for the Road: Voting for Public Goods in Ghana”

2010: Peace Medie

“Theorizing Policy Implementation: Enforcing Gender-Based Violence Laws in Post-Conflict Liberia.”

2009: Kim Yi Dionne

“Local Demand for a Global Intervention: Policy Priorities in the Time of AIDS”