Call for Nominations: The Clay Morgan Award for Best Book in Environmental Political Theory

Nominations are now open for the Clay Morgan Award for the Best Book in Environmental Political Theory.

For the inaugural year,  David Schlosberg, Co-Director of The Sydney Environment Institute is chairing the award committee for the Clay Morgan Award for Best Book in Environmental Political Theory.

The Environmental Political Theory Section of the Western Political Science Association invites nominations for the 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 works 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, sociology.

Nominations must have been originally published in last three years (2015-2017). Books may be co-authored, but edited collections are not eligible.

The finalists for the award will be announced by August 1st.  The winner will be announced at the American Political Science Association annual meeting in San Francisco.  In addition, the EPT Section of the WPSA will organize a roundtable featuring the award winner at the next WPSA annual meeting, in 2018.

Nominations will be accepted from authors, colleagues, and/or publishers. To be considered, nominated books must be mailed to the three members of the committee, and must arrive by the deadline of 1 June 2017. The committee is:

Professor David Schlosberg

Room 270 Merewether Bldg (HO4)

University of Sydney

Sydney NSW 2006


Associate Professor Teena Gabrielson

Department Head

Department of Political Science, 3197

University of Wyoming

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Associate Professor Gwen Ottinger

Drexel University

3101 Market St.

Suite 250, Room 200

Philadelphia, PA 19104

The namesake of the award: Prior to his January 2014 retirement, Clay Morgan was a long-time acquisitions editor in the field of environmental studies, first with SUNY Press and then for many years with MIT Press.  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.