Call for Nominations ( Deadline 1st August 2021):
Clay Morgan Award for Best Book in Environmental Political Theory

The Environmental Political Theory Section of the Western Political Science Association (WPSA) invites nominations for the Fifth Annual Clay Morgan Award for the Best Book in Environmental Political Theory.

The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding scholarship, published in a book-length monograph, which utilizes the resources, literatures, and approaches of the field of political theory to address intersections between contemporary or historical environmental challenges on the one hand and the philosophical and ideological concepts, principles, and debates animating political life on the other. While the focus of the award is on political theory, we welcome books that make a contribution to the field from related disciplines – including, but not limited to, anthropology, environmental humanities, ethnic studies, geography, indigenous studies, philosophy, political economy, science and technology studies, or sociology.

Nominations must have been originally published within the last two calendar years (2020-2021). A book may be re-nominated in its second year of eligibility. Books may be co-authored, but edited collections are not eligible. Questions may be directed to the committee chair, Cara Daggett,

The committee anticipates announcing the award winner in September 2021. The book will be honored with a roundtable discussion at the next WPSA annual meeting, in Portland in March 2022.

Nominations will be accepted from authors, colleagues, and/or publishers. To be considered, arrangements should be made for the publisher to mail copies of the nominated book to the three committee members, below, to arrive by 1st August 2021. Publishers should contact the committee chair, Cara Daggett, at for mailing information (due to covid-19 protocols, books should not be sent to university addresses).

Cara Daggett, Chair
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Virginia Tech

Gwen Ottinger
Associate Professor
Department of Politics
Drexel University

Ross Mittiga
Assistant Professor
Institute of Political Science [Instituto de Ciencia Política]
Catholic University of Chile [Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile]

The namesake of the award: Clay Morgan was an acquisitions editor in the field of environmental studies, first with SUNY Press and then for many years with MIT Press. He retired in January 2014. Throughout his career, Clay was uniquely influential in acquiring manuscripts in the field of environmental political theory, and thereby in helping to cultivate, shape, and support the development of this scholarly field.