The Carl Albert Dissertation Award is given annually for the best dissertation in legislative studies. Topics may be national or subnational in focus — on Congress, parliaments, state legislatures, or other representative bodies. The prize is funded by the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma. In addition to the cash prize associated with the award, winners are typically invited to guest lecture on the OU campus with travel expenses paid by the Carl Albert Center.
The deadline for submission is March 1. Dissertations must have a copyright date of one or two years previous to the year in which the award is presented. Terms for submitting dissertation: (1) one copy sent to each member of the committee; (2) no more than one submission per Ph.D.-granting department; (3) letter form the department idicating the selection; and (4) a letter from the dissertation chair, or other appropriate committee member, describing the significance of the work.
Michelle Whyman, Duke University
Anthony Madonna, University of Georgia
Jason Casellas, University of Houston
Michelle Whyman of Duke University for, “The Roots of Legislative Durability: How Information, Deliberation, and Compromise Create Laws that Last” (University of Texas, 2016).
Molly E. Reynolds of the Brookings Institution for Exceptions to the Rule: Majoritarian Procedures and Majority Party Power in the U.S. Senate (University of Michigan, 2015).
Michael Barber, Brigham Young University
Jennifer Clark, University of Houston
Jason Windett, Saint Louis University
Buying Representation: The Incentives, Ideology, and Influence of Campaign Contributions in American Politics, by Michael Barber, Princeton University, 2014
Eitan Tzelgov, University of Gothenburg
Yusaku Horiuchi, Dartmouth College
Leah Murray, Weber State University
Words as Weapons: Opposition Rhetoric and Partisan Strategy, by Eitan Tzelgov, Pennsylvania State University, 2013
Party, Preferences & Pragmatic Fidelity: Explaining Voting Unity in European Legislatures, by David Willumsen, European Univesity Institute – Florence, 2013
Nicholas Carnes, Duke University
Frank Thames, Texas Tech
Gisela Sin, University of Illinois
By the Upper Class, For the Upper Class? Representational Inequality and Economic Policymaking in the United States, by Nicholas Carnes, Princeton University, 2011.
Georg Vanberg (chair), University of North Carolina
Kathleen Bratton, Louisiana State University
James Curry, University of Utah
Information Control: Leadership Power in the U.S. House of Representatives, by James Curry, University of Maryland, 2011.
Chris Den Hartog (chair), California Polytechnic State University
Kathryn C. Lavelle, Case Western Reserve University
Amber Wichowsky, Marquette University
The Competitive Cure: The Consequences of Competitive Congressional Elections, by Amber Wichowsky, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2010.
Alan Wiseman (chair), Vanderbilt University
Patrick Egan, New York University
Elizabeth Oldmixon, University of North Texas
Issue Ownership and Representation in American Politics, by Patrick Egan, University of California, Berkeley, 2008.
Robin Kolodny (chair), Temple University
Tom Clark, Emory University
Andrew Taylor, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
The Politics of Judicial Independence: Court Curbing and the Separation of Powers, by Tom Clark, Princeton University, 2008.
Christine Degregorio (chair), American University
Rob Salmond, University of Michigan
Sean Theriault, University of Texas, Austin
Parliamentary Question Times: How Legislative Accountability Mechanisms Affect Citizens and Politics, by Rob Salmon, University of California, Los Angeles, 2007.
Kathryn Pearson (chair), University of Minnesota
Elizabeth Oldmixon, University of North Texas
Kim Quaile Hill, Texas A&M University
No award given
Party Discipline in the Contemporary Congress: Rewarding Loyalty in Theory and Practice, by Kathryn Pearson, University of California, Berkeley, 2005.
Gail McElroy (chair), Trinity College, Dublin
Robert Van Houweling, University of California, Berkeley
Scott Adler, Unviersity of Colorado, Boulder
In Pursuit of Party Discipline: Committees and Cohesion in the European Parliament, by Gail McElroy, University of Rochester, 2004.
Legislators’ Personal Policy Preferences and Partisan Legislative Organization, by Robert Van Houweling, Harvard University, 2003
Christian Grose (chair), Lawrence University
Noelle Norton, University of San Diego
John R. Wright, Ohio State University
Beyond the Vote: A Theory of Black Representation in Congress, by Christian Robert Grose, University of Rochester, 2003.
Bruce Oppenheimer, Vanderbilt University
Brian R. Sala, University of California, Davis
No Award Given
When Candidates Attack: The Effects of Negative Campaigning on Voter Turnout in Senate Elections, by Deborah Jordan Brooks, Yale University, 2001.
John B. Gilmour, College of William and Mary
Diana Evans, Trinity College
Thomas F. Remington, Emory University
From the Year of the Woman to the Republican Ascendancy: Evaluating the Policy Impact of Women in Congress, by Michele Lynn Swers, Harvard University, 2000.
Jon Bond (chair), Texas A&M, College Station
Susan Hammond, American University
Gerald Gamm, Rochester University
Explaining Institutional Change: The Rise and Impact of Omnibus Legislating, by Glen Krutz, Texas A & M University, 1999.
Linda Fowler (chair), Dartmouth University
Frances Lee, Case Western Reserve University
Paul Gronke, Duke University
Shaping Perceptions of Congress through Franked Mass Mailings: An Examination of the Communication Strategies Used by members of the United States House of Representatives in the 1990s, by Daniel William Lipinski, Duke University, 1998.
Michael Mezey (chair), DePaul University
David Canon, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Gary Moncrief, Boise State University