Awards & Recognition



Professor Bear Braumoeller was awarded a National Science Foundation Award for 2021-2024.
This award funds research on international order, which will be carried out by Professor Braumoeller's research lab, MESO (Modeling Emergent Social Order).

Assistant Professor Erin Lin was awarded the Democracy and Autocracy Best Paper Award by the American Political Science Association in 2021. 
The award was for the paper "Genocide and the Gender Gap in Political Representation" with coauthors Nikhar Gaikwad and Noah Zucker. 

Assistant Professor Erin Lin was awarded the Sage Paper Prize for Best Paper in Comparative Politics.
The award was presented at the American Political Science Association Conference in September of 2020 for the paper "Genocide and the Gender Gap in Political Representation" with coauthors Nikhar Gaikwad and Noah Zucker. 

Assistant Professor Erin Lin was awarded the McGillivray Award for Best American Political Science Association Paper in Political Economy.
The award was for the paper "Genocide and the Gender Gap in Political Representation" with coauthors Nikhar Gaikwad and Noah Zucker.  

Professor Alexander Wendt recognized as seventh highest-cited faculty member worldwide in the field of International Relations, as of 2021.
recent analysis published in PLoS Biology research analyzed databases of standardized citation metrics spanning natural and mathematical sciences and social and behavioral sciences. Led by Stanford University Professor John P. A. Ioannidis, the analysis is based on citations from Elsevier's Scopus, assessing scientists for career-long citation impact up until the end of 2019. The data is available to view via Mendeley Data.

Professor Michael Neblo named a 2021 Community Engaged Scholar.
The Community Engaged Scholar award is given annually by the Ohio State Office of Outreach and Engagement to faculty whose engaged scholarship impacts communities, contributes to the university’s culture of engagement, and further establishes and strengthens Ohio State’s commitment to supporting communities. As director of the Institute for Democratic Engagement and Accountability (IDEA), Dr. Neblo seeks to mobilize academy resources to serve the public good in local, state, national and international communities.

Associate Professor Inés Valdez given 2020 Diversity Enhancement Faculty Award.
The Diversity Enhancement Faculty Award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of any faculty member or team of faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences whose research, teaching, service and/or outreach activities promote diversity and support a culture that embraces and exhibits inclusive excellence, community and openness. Valdez is currently working on a manuscript on the imperial origins of popular sovereignty and on a project on immigration enforcement as a racial technology, which explores, first, how the use of technology in immigration policing evacuates politics from the realm of immigration. She is also a member of the inaugural cohort of the Society of Fellows as part of the Global Arts and Humanities Discovery Theme at Ohio State.

Department Chair Gregory Caldeira is the recipient of 2020 APSA Lifetime Achievement Award.
Distinguished University Scholar, Dreher Chair in Political Communication and Policy Thinking and Professor of Law Dr. Gregory A. Caldeira was given the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association (ASPA). This award is given annually to an individual for a lifetime of significant scholarship, teaching, and service to the Law and Courts field. Click here to read a full story on Caldeira's recognition for the 2020 APSA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Professor Janet Box-Steffensmeier elected 2020 AAAS Fellow. 
Jan Box-Steffensmeier was elected a 2020 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. She is one of eleven scientists from The Ohio State University who was honored with this distinction in 2020. Election as an AAAS Fellow, one of the most prestigious honors a U.S. researcher can receive, is bestowed upon AAAS members by their academic peers based on their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Dr. Box-Steffensmeier was named a 2020 AAAS Fellow for her "distinguished contributions to political methodology, including duration analysis and time series, and service to the advancement of political methodology and study of American politics."

Professor Janet Box-Steffensmeier named a Distinguished University Professor for 2020
Janet Box-Steffensmeier was awarded the permanent, honorific title of Distinguished University Professor for 2020. The distinction is the highest faculty honor at Ohio State and is given on a competitive basis to full professors who have demonstrated exceptional teaching, research, scholarly or creative work, and service. Distinguished University Professors automatically become members of the President’s and Provost’s Advisory Committee. In addition, recipients are awarded a $30,000 one-time grant to support their academic work and are expected to maintain a regular program of teaching/ mentorship, research, scholarly or creative work, and service. 

Associate Professor Amanda Lea Robinson Given Best Article Award by the African Politics Conference Groups in 2020. 
The award was for the article "How to Close the Gender Gap in Political Participation: Lessons from Matrilineal Societies in Africa." (with Jessica Gottlieb), published in the British Journal of Political Science.(2019 First View) by the African Politics Conference Groups in 2020.

Assistant Professor Erin Lin Awarded Best Paper in International Relation Presented by the Midwest Political Science Association in 2019.
The award was for the article "How War Changes Land: A natural experiment of bomb-induced economic change in Cambodia."

Professor Sarah Brooks is the recipient of the Joan N. Huber Huber Faculty Fellow Award for Excellence in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2018.
T​​​​​​h​e winners of this highly competitive honor are chosen because of their exceptionally strong records of scholarly productivity.

Professor Janet Box-Steffensmeier is Elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Janet Box-Steffensmeier was among the three Ohio State faculty and one alumnus elected to the 237th class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Bear Braumoeller is the Recipient of Nobel Fellowship, Nobel Institute in 2016 and also the Society for Political Methodology Outstanding Reviewer Award, 2016
Bear Braumoeller was the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Reviewer Award from the journal, Political Analysis, which has the 2nd highest impact factor of all the political science journals. He also spent May and June of 2016 as a fellow at the Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway.

Professor Janet Box-Steffensmeier Receives 2016 Excellence in Mentoring Award
Jan Box-Steffensmeier received the 2016 Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Society for Political Methodology, which honors members who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to mentoring and advising graduate and/or undergraduate students - particularly those from underrepresented groups. 

Professor Skyler Cranmer Wins Best Conference Paper Award 
Skyler Cranmer won the 2015 Best Conference Paper award from the Political Networks section of the American Political Science Association for his working paper with Philip Leifeld, "A Performance Based Comparison of the Temporal Exponential Random Graph Model (TERGM) and Stochastic Actor Oriented Model (SAOM)."

Professor Janet Box-Steffensmeier Wins Best Article Award
Jan Box-Steffensmeier received the Jewell-Loewenberg Paper Award from the Legislative Studies Section of the American Political Science Association for the best article published in Legislative Studies Quarterly in 2015. 

Professor Janet Box-Steffensmeier Receives Outstanding Professional Achievement Award
Jan Box-Steffensmeier received the Outstanding Professional Achievement award from the Midwest Political Science Association Women's Caucus. 

Professor Larry Baum Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Lawrence Baum received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Law and Courts section of the American Political Science Association for a lifetime of significant scholarship, teaching and service. Baum was cited for his path-breaking work on judicial behavior, substantive policy and court reform.

Professor Janet Box-Steffensmeier Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Jan Box-Steffensmeier was the recipient of the Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences in 2013, the Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar award in 2012, and the Political Methodology Career Achievement Award in 2013. 

Professor Bear Braumoeller Wins Three Book Awards
Bear Braumoeller’s book, The Great Powers and the International System: Systemic Theory in Empirical Perspective, won the 2014 J. David Singer Book Award from ISA-Midwest, the ISA Best Book Award and received honorable mention from the ISA International Security Studies Section Best Book competition.

Professors Gregory Caldeira and Jack Wright Receive Lasting Contribution Award
Gregory Calderia and Jack Wright received the 2013 Lasting Contribution Award for their article, “Organized Interests and Agenda Setting in the U.S. Supreme Court,” published in American Political Science Review.

Professor Jennifer Mitzen Receives Two Book Awards at 2015 International Studies Association Conference
Jennifer Mitzen’s book, Power in Concert:  The Nineteenth Century Origins of Global Governance, has been selected as the winner of the 2015 ISSS Best Book Award, given by the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association (ISA). The award is presented to the author whose work focuses on security studies and demonstrates originality, significance and rigor. Her book was also recognized with an Honorable Mention for the Francesco Guicciardini Prize from the Historical IR section of the ISA.

Professor Jan Pierskalla Wins Dissertation Award
Jan Pierskalla has been named the recipient of the 2014 Mancur Olson Award for the best dissertation in Political Economy in the last two years for his dissertation "Urban Rural Bias and the Political Geography of Distributive Conflicts".

Professor Philippp Rehm Receives Heinz I. Eulau Award
Philipp Rehm has won APSA's Heinz I. Eulau Award for his article “The Insecure American: Economic Experiences, Financial Worries, and Policy Attitudes” with co-authors Jacob Hacker and Mark Schlesinger.

Professor Alexander Wendt awarded "Best Book of the Decade" by the ISA, 2006.

Social Theory of International Politics, Cambridge University Press “Best Book of the Decade” Award, the International Studies Association.