The Best Dissertation Award

2021 Call for Nominees

The purpose of the PMRA Best Dissertation Award is to encourage and reward exemplary public management research at the doctoral level. To be eligible for consideration, dissertations must have been completed and defended between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

Each submission will be assessed based on the following criteria:

Nominations must include a letter explaining why the nominated dissertation merits this recognition, as well as a PDF copy of the dissertation.

The winner will receive $500, as well as reimbursement of at least $500 in travel expenses to attend the 2021 conference and a waiver of the conference registration fee.

Nominations should be made at BestDiss2021 by March 10, 2021. The submission form follows the criteria above. If experiencing technical issues, please contact

The Best Dissertation award will be presented at the 2021 Public Management Research Conference to be held at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, June 23-26.


The 2021 Best Dissertation Award Committee members are:

Past Recipients:

2020 – Miyeon Song, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of South Carolina

2019 – Andrea Headley, Assistant Professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University

2018 – Huafang Li, Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University