Best Dissertation Award

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, 2021 and December 31, 2021.

Each submission will be assessed based on the following criteria:

Nominations must include a PDF copy of the dissertation and can include a letter explaining why the nominated dissertation merits this recognition.

The winner will receive $500, as well as reimbursement of at least $500 in travel expenses to attend the 2022 conference and a waiver of the conference registration fee.

Nominations should be made by email to (including the students’ dissertation and the information listed below) by March 15, 2022.

The Best Dissertation award will be presented at the 2022 Public Management Research Conference to be held in Arizona in May.

Information included in the nomination email:


The 2022 Best Dissertation Award Committee members are:

Lotte Bøgh Andersen, Aarhus University, Chair

James Wright, Florida State University,

Elizabeth Linos Berkeley, University of California


The PMRA Best Dissertation Award recognizes exemplary public management research at the doctoral level.

Past Recipients:

2021 – Shelena Keulemans, Assistant Professor, Public Administration, Radboud University

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