The William Anderson prize is awarded annually for the best dissertation in the general field of federalism or intergovernmental relations, state and local politics. It carries a prize of $750.
The award was set up in honor of William Anderson, former APSA president, who was a leading American authority in the areas of local government, public administration, intergovernmental relations and the history of political science. He did much to shape teaching and research in these fields not only at his own university, but throughout the country.
Bai Linh Hoang (pronounced Bye-Lin Hong) is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas, Arlington. Her primary field is American Politics, with topical specializations in race and ethnicity politics, political representation, and urban politics. Her secondary field is political theory. She is working on a book-length manuscript that explores a much-neglected topic in political science – auditory listening – and its relationship to political representation and social identities. She is also working on projects that investigate the demographic and political factors affecting public meeting participation at the local level. At the University of Texas, Arlington, she teaches an introductory course on American government and upper level courses on ethnic group politics and urban politics. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and her B.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She also has graduate degrees in public affairs and philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the London School of Economics and Political Science, respectively.