The APSA Best Poster Award is presented annually by the American Political Science Association (APSA) to honor the best poster presented by a graduate student or early career scholar at the previous APSA Annual Meeting.
Elisha Cohen is currently a Faculty Fellow at NYU’s Center for Data Science. Elisha completed her PhD in political science from Emory University in 2022, where she studied political methodology with a focus on gender, race, and inequality in the United States. Elisha’s research interests are in political methodology, discriminatory selection processes, politics, and inequality. While at Emory University, she worked with the Politics of Policing Lab publishing articles in both Nature Human Behaviour and the Journal of Politics. At the Center for Data Science, Elisha will continue to work at the intersection of social science and applied statistics. Her research will continue to develop new methodological approaches for assessing fairness with a focus on political institutions. In her free time, she enjoys walking around New York City on the search for great coffee.
Citation from the Award Committee:
Elisha Cohen’s poster titled “Measuring Gender Bias in U.S. House Elections: An Outcome Test Approach” exemplifies the highest standards for research presented at APSA’s Annual Meeting in any format. Cohen applies a new methodological approach to measuring gender bias in US House elections that accounts for the way that bias at one stage in a process obscures bias in subsequent stages, and quantifies the percentage of successful men at each stage (emergence, nomination, and general election) who would have failed had they been women. The study makes a groundbreaking contribution to the study of candidate gender in the United States and elsewhere. Cohen’s presentation of this research in the iPoster format is also top-notch, with attractive and informative figures and judicious use of text.
APSA thanks the committee members for their service: Dr. Lindsay B. Flynn (chair) of the University of Luxembourg, Laura Roost of Newberry College, Dr. Jake Haselswerdt of the University of Missouri, Dr. Nathan K. Mitchell of Prairie View A&M University, and Dr. Renu Singh of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.