The Warren E. Miller Prize is awarded every two or three years for an outstanding career of intellectual accomplishment and service to the political science profession in the elections, public opinion, and voting behavior field. This year the Prize was awarded to Sidney Verba, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library.

Professor Henry Brady, University of California, Berkeley a member of the committee that made the award, summarizes the committee’s thinking as follows:

“Sidney Verba’s work over the past five decades has profoundly changed the field of political behavior and the political science profession. His books have explored the dimensions of political participation, the socio-economic and organizational bases of participation, and the nature and extent of effective political voice through participation. His book with Kay Schlozman on Injury to Insult explored the limits and possibilities of self-interest among the unemployed. His early methodological work on comparative survey research and his later work, Designing Social Inquiry have clearly articulated the standards for good social science research. In addition, Sidney Verba has used social science methods to explore important issues such as attitudes towards the Vietnam War and the extent of sexual harassment and discrimination of women in academia. Professor Sidney Verba is unsurpassed in the quality of his research, in his devotion to social science standards, and in his concern with improving society through social science research. He is the obvious choice towin this year’s Warren Miller Award.”

The award was presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association.


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