David N. Kershaw Award

About the Award

KershawLogo3The David N. Kershaw Award and Prize was established to honor persons who, before the age of 40, have made distinguished contributions to the field of public policy analysis and management. This award seeks to recognize original contributions to research-based knowledge that have advanced the design, implementation, and evaluation of public policies. Eligibility is not contingent on disciplinary background, policy focus or academic credentials.

The 2021 Award and Prize will be presented prominently at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management’s (APPAM’s) 2021 Annual Conference, which will be held in Austin, Texas, March 26-29, 2022. The recipient will receive a cash prize of $20,000 at the Awards and Opening Plenary.

This prize is among the most prestigious and largest awards recognizing contributions to public policy and social science. Funding for the award comes from a memorial endowment established following the death of David N. Kershaw and managed by independent trustees.

2021 David N. Kershaw Recipient               






Dr. Sanya Carley
Director of the Master of Public Affairs (MPA) Program and O'Neill Online MPA Program
Paul O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University.

Indiana University professor, Dr. Sanya Carley has been selected to receive the David N. Kershaw Award and Prize for her contributions to the field of public policy analysis and management. Professor Carley will be honored at the 2021 APPAM Fall Research Conference in March 2022.

Sanya will host the David N. Kershaw Award Lecture
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm CST
3rd Floor - Lone Star Ballroom D

Sanya will be honored at the APPAM Presidential Address and Awards
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm CST
3rd Floor - Lone Star Ballroom E - H

Learn more about Dr. Carley and her accomplishments.



Prior Award Recipients

The prior winners, and their institutional affiliations at the time they won the award are as follows:

  • 1st award: Joseph Newhouse (Rand Corporation)
  • 2nd award: Lee Friedman (University of California at Berkeley)
  • 3rd award: David Ellwood (Harvard University)
  • 4th award: Deborah Freund (Indiana University)
  • 5th award: Katherine Swartz (Urban Institute)
  • 6th award: Rebecca Blank (Northwestern University)
  • 7th award: John DiIulio (Princeton University)
  • 8th award: Alan Krueger (Princeton University)
  • 9th award: Jonathan Caulkins (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • 10th award: James Hamilton (Duke University)
  • 11th award: David Cutler (Harvard University)
  • 12th award: Carolyn Heinrich (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • 13th award: Jens Ludwig (Georgetown University)
  • 14th award: Brian Jacob (University of Michigan)
  • 15th award: Esther Duflo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • 16th award: John MacDonald (University of Pennsylvania)
  • 17th award: Donald Moynihan (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • 18th award: Varun Rai (University of Texas at Austin)
  • 19th award: David J. Deming (Harvard University)
  • 20th award: Kirabo Jackson (Northwestern University)