University at Albany

Professor Julie Novkov to Receive APSA Award for Teaching and Mentoring

Professor Julie Novkov has been named this year’s recipient of the Teaching and Mentoring Award by the Law and Courts section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). The award is given annually to recognize innovative teaching and instructional methods and materials in law and courts.

Novkov, whose research and teaching are situated at the intersection of law, history, U.S. political development, and subordinated identity, has been actively engaged in a movement to reform the teaching of constitutional law and civil rights to undergraduates, taking a more historicized and politically contextualized approach. She’s also mentored graduate students and junior faculty in this area.

Professor Novkov has long been active in the academy, serving on the APSA Executive Council, organizing panels, and presiding over sections. This year she will also be serving as the program chair for the Western Political Science Association (WPSA), leading into a term as president of the organization in 2016-17. The WPSA, which was founded in 1948, has over 1250 members, two-thirds of which reside primarily in the western U.S. and western Canadian provinces. “I think I am the first person from an institution east of the Mississippi River to serve as president,” says Novkov. “I’m doing so because of my long-term investment with this association which among the regional political science associations, has the strongest reputation for attracting scholars who work on normative concerns and conduct problem-driven research.”

Beginning in 2016, Novkov will also take over as co-editor of the Tulsa Law Review Annual Book Review. “My co-editor, Stuart Chinn, a professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, and I are both dedicated to maintaining the visibility and salience of books as crucial scholarly outlets,” says Novkov.

Julie Novkov, who serves as chair of the Rockefeller College Political Science Department, is also a professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University at Albany. She is the author of several books, including Racial Union: Law, Intimacy, and the White State in Alabama, which was the co-recipient of the American Political Science Association's 2009 Ralph Bunche Award. She has also authored Constituting Workers, Protecting Women, which addresses gender and constitutional development and The Supreme Court and The Presidency, which explores the dynamic alliances and tensions between the chief executive and the Supreme Court over time. Professor Novkov is the co-editor of Statebuilding from the Margins: Between Reconstruction and the New Deal (with Carol Nackenoff), Race and American Political Development (with Joseph Lowndes and Dorian Warren) and Security Disarmed: Critical Perspectives on Gender, Race, and Militarization (with Barbara Sutton and Sandra Morgen).