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 earlier than Dec 31 of the year prior to the award. For example a candidate for consideration of a 2024 Kershaw award would need to have been 39 on Dec 31, 2023.

The 2024 Award and Prize will be presented prominently at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management’s (APPAM’s) 2024 Annual Conference, which will be held in National Harbor, MD November 21-13, 2024. The recipient will receive a cash prize of $20,000 at the Awards Reception & Presidential Address.

Nominations are now open through June 7th, 2024! Access the nomination form here.


2023 David N. Kershaw Recipient               






Elizabeth Linos
Emma Bloomberg Associate Professor and Faculty Director of The People Lab
Harvard Kennedy School

Dr. Elizabeth Linos is the Emma Bloomberg Associate Professor for Public Policy and Management, and Faculty Director of The People Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School. The majority of her research focuses on how to improve government by focusing on its people and the services they deliver. Her research has been published in various academic journals including The Journal for Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration ReviewEconometrica, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Behavioural Public Policy, and others. Her work has also been highlighted in media outlets including The New York Times, The Economist, BBC, NPR, Slate, and the Harvard Business Review.

Learn more about her contributions here.

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)
  • 22nd award: Abigail A.R. Aiken (University of Texas at Austin)