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.

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. The precise age cut-off is having a 40th birthday no later than Dec 31 of the year prior to the award.

The 2022 Award and Prize will be presented prominently at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management’s (APPAM’s) 2022 Annual Conference, which will be held in Washington D.C. November 17-19, 2022. The recipient will receive a cash prize of $20,000 at the Awards and Opening Plenary.

Nominations for 2022 are now closed. Applications for 2023 will open in late spring.

2022 David N. Kershaw Recipient               






Abigail A.R. Aiken
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
University of Texas at Austin

Abigail Aiken is an associate professor of public affairs and a fellow of the Richter Chair in global health policy at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. She completed her M.D. at the University of Cambridge, her M.P.H. at Harvard University, and her Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin.

Aiken is an accomplished researcher focused on unintended pregnancy, evidence-based obstetric practice, and the impacts of laws and policies restricting access to abortion. Dr. Aiken’s training in clinical medicine, public health, population science, and public policy analysis provide a unique lens through which she has examined reproductive health policy from multiple perspectives. In addition to frequently publishing research in respected peer-reviewed journals, she has reached beyond academia to inform and shape public policy through expert testimony and prominent media outlets including the Associated Press, Reuters, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New YorkerThe Economist, and the Wall Street Journal.

Learn more about her contributions here.


Thursday, November 17
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
2022 David N. Kershaw Award Lecture: After Roe: What is the Role of Evidence in US Reproductive Health Policy?

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)
  • 21st award: Sanya Carley (Indiana University)