Past Awards

Best Book Award

Best Article Award

Lynne Rienner Award for Best Dissertation

African Affairs Best Graduate Student Paper Award


Best Book Award

  • 2014: Catherine Boone, Property and Political Order in Africa: Land Rights and the Structure of Politics (Cambridge University Press)
  • 2013: Rachel Beatty Riedl, Authoritarian Origins of Democratic Party Systems in Africa (Cambridge University Press)
  • 2012: Co-winners: Leonardo Arriola, Multiethnic Coalitions in Africa: Business Financing of Opposition Election Campaigns (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012), and, Crawford Young, The Postcolonial State in Africa: Fifty Years of Independence, 1960-2010 (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2012).
  • 2011: Adrienne LeBas, From Protest to Parties. Party-Building and Democratization in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2011).
  • 2010: Charles Piot, Nostalgia for the Future: West Africa after the Cold War (University of Chicago Press, 2010).
  • 2009: Pierre Englebert, Africa: Unity, Sovereignty, and Sorrow (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009).
  • 2008: Susanna D. Wing, Constructing Democracy in Transitioning Societies of Africa: Constitutionalism and Deliberation in Mali (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2008).
  • 2007: Elizabeth Schmidt, Cold War and Decolonization in Guinea, 1946-1958 (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2007).
  • 2006: Joshua B. Rubongoya, Regime Hegemony in Museveni’s Uganda (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006).
  • 2005: Dan Posner, Institutions and Ethnic Politics in Africa (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005).
  • 2004: Dennis Galvan, The State Must Be Our Master of Fire: How Peasants Craft Culturally Sustainable Development in Senegal (University of California Press, 2004).
Best Article Award

  • 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.
  • 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 (April 2012)
  • 2011: Claire Adida, “Too Close for Comfort? Immigrant Exclusion in Africa.” Comparative Political Studies 44 (2011): 1370–1396.
  • 2010: Mireille Razafindrakoto and François Roubaud for “Are International Databases on Corruption Reliable? A Comparison of Expert Opinion Surveys and Household Surveys in Sub-Saharan Africa,” World Development, Vol.38, No.8: 1057–1069.
  • 2009: Leonardo R. Arriola, “Patronage and Political Stability in Africa,” Comparative Political Studies, October 2009, 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.
Lynne Rienner Best Dissertation Award

  • 2012: Janet Lewis, How Rebellion Begins: Insurgent Group Formation and Viability in Uganda, Harvard University, 2012, PhD Dissertation
  • 2011: Jaimie Bleck, Schooling Citizens: Education, Citizenship, and Democracy in Mali, Cornell University, 2011, PhD Dissertation
  • 2010: Jennifer Naomi Brass, Surrogates for Government? NGOs and the State in Kenya, University of California, Berkeley, 2010 , PhD Dissertation.
African Affairs Best Graduate Student Paper Award

  • 2012: Amanda Robinson, PhD Candidate, Stanford University, “Nationalism and Inter-Ethnic Trust: Evidence from an African Border Region”
  • 2011: Robin Harding, PhD Candidate, New York University, “One for the Road: Voting for Public Goods in Ghana”
  • 2010: Peace Medie, PhD Candidate, University of Pittsburgh, “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” (2009 APSA Annual Meeting).