The 2020 Barbara Sinclair Lecture, “Insidious Influence: Lobbyists and Their Allies on Capital Hill” by Richard L. Hall, University of Michigan

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One of the many important roles of the American Political Science Association (APSA) is recognizing excellence in the political science profession.  The APSA makes awards for the best dissertations, papers and articles, and books in the various subfields, and for career achievement in research, teaching and service to the discipline.

The Barbara Sinclair Award and Lectureship recognizes achievement in promoting understanding of the U.S. Congress and legislative politics. The award is presented at the APSA Annual Meeting and carries an honorarium of $1,000. The award is co-sponsored by the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University’s School of Public Affairs, and the lecture is held in the fall at American University during the orientation of the APSA Congressional Fellowship Program.

Barbara Sinclair taught at the University of California, Riverside, and University of California, Los Angeles, and was a member of the 1978-1979 class of APSA Congressional Fellows. She served her fellowship placement with House Majority Leader Jim Wright of Texas. She published the seminal work Majority Leadership in the U.S. House after her fellowship year and authored landmark studies of Congress throughout her career. Dr. Sinclair left a lasting mark not only for her scholarship but also for her service to the discipline. She was a dedicated mentor to new groups of scholars and served for many years as a member of the Congressional Fellowship Program Advisory Committee.


About the 2020 Award Recipient

Richard L. Hall is a professor of political science and public policy at the University of Michigan.  His research interests focus on American national politics, including work on participation and representation in Congress, congressional committees, lobbying, campaign finance reform, congressional oversight, issue advertising, and health politics.  Rick is the author of Participation in Congress (Yale Press 1996) and is currently completing a book on lobbying in Congress, Insidious Influence: Lobbyists and Their Allies on Capitol Hill (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming).  He is a recipient of the Richard F. Fenno Award from the American Political Science Association, the Pi Sigma Alpha Award from the Midwest Political Science Association, and the Jack L. Walker Award from the American Political Science Review.  Rick has served as a legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate through the APSA Congressional Fellowship Program.  He received his B.A. from the University of Iowa and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.