Nominations Sought for 2015 Moynihan Prize

AAPSSThe American Academy of Political and Social Science welcomes nominations for the 2015 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize. The Moynihan Prize recognizes social scientists, public officials and other leaders in the public arena who champion the use of informed judgment to improve public policy. The prize is intended to honor those who, like the late senator, have promoted the use of sound analysis and social science research in policy-making, while contributing to the civil discourse in society.

Candidates for the prize are those whose careers have made substantial contributions to the many areas of public policy to which Daniel Patrick Moynihan was deeply committed, including: the alleviation of poverty, the health of populations, the design of the built environment and public works, the improvement of race and ethnic relations, the pursuit of effective international relations and the conservation of natural resources. They may also include those whose careers have exhibited a dedication to strengthening the use of statistical evidence and quality data in the policy process.

Past honorees have included Joseph Stiglitz, William Julius Wilson, Alice Rivlin and Diane Ravitch.

Candidates must be willing to accept the award in person at a ceremony to be held in spring 2015 (likely May), and must be willing to deliver a major public policy address on the topic of her/his choosing.

Nominations must be submitted by September 26. Send letters of nomination and supporting materials (e.g., nominee’s CV, bio, op-eds, etc) to AAPSS Executive Director Tom Kecskemethy at

Nominations can also be mailed to:
American Academy of Political and Social Science
202 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3806
Fax: 215-573-2667

Nominations may be considered over a three-year period. Feel free to contact AAPSS staff with questions.

American Academy of Political and Social Science

The American Academy of Political and Social Science, one of the nation’s oldest learned societies, is dedicated to the use of social science to address important social problems.For over a century, our flagship journal, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, has brought together public officials and scholars from across the disciplines to tackle issues ranging from racial inequality and intractable poverty to the threat of nuclear terrorism. Today, through conferences and symposia, podcast interviews with leading social scientists, and the annual induction of Academy Fellows and presentation of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize, the Academy is dedicated to bridging the gap between academic research and the formation of public policy.