Policy Field Distinguished Contribution Award

The Policy Field Distinguished Contribution Award is meant to honor persons who have made significant and long-term contributions to the development of and growth of public policy analysis and management as a field. Such contributions can include (but are not limited to) critical or path-breaking research, core textbooks, substantial contribution to actual policymaking, significant contribution to APPAM as an organization, and significant contribution to JPAM. While not a lifetime achievement award, the purpose of this award is to recognize those who have sustained and contributed to our relatively young field over many years. This award may not be given posthumously. 

The review committee will be appointed by the APPAM President at the beginning of each year. They will be tasked with reviewing all applications and selecting that year’s recipient. 

The recipient will be recognized in some manner at the conference and will receive a plaque. At minimum the recipient will be honored either at the Membership and Awards Breakfast or the Presidential Address, but an acceptance speech or lecture is not required. If space permits at a particular conference, and depending on the scope of the recipient’s work, a concurrent session may be offered.

Nominations are now open through July 17, 2024! Access the nomination form here.


Prior Recipients

Samuel Myers Jr.
Professor at Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota

David Weimer

Edwin E. Witte Professor of Political Economy
LaFollette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison