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Department of Political Science


Professor Don Songer to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Donald Songer, Professor of Political Science, has been named the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Law & Courts Section of the American Political Science Association. The award is conferred annually in recognition of “a lifetime of significant scholarship, teaching, and service to the Law and Courts field.” Professor Kirk Randazzo, a USC political science colleague and fellow member of the Law & Courts Section, noted that “This is the highest and most prestigious award conferred by the Section.”

Professor Songer’s work is noteworthy for its development of new paths of research, spanning various levels of the US courts as well as judicial systems throughout the western world. He has published five books and more than 70 peer-reviewed articles (including publications in all of the top journals in political science), and has received over $1.7 million in financial support from grant agencies including the National Science Foundation and the Canadian Embassy.

Beyond this prodigious record of scholarship, Professor Songer has also excelled in teaching. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards at USC for his exemplary work in undergraduate courses. Additionally, he has directed sixteen doctoral dissertations (while also serving on the committees of numerous other students), three M.A. theses, and thirteen honors theses.

Simply put, Professor Songer’s productivity in terms of research and teaching is remarkable. In recognition of this work, Don will receive the award at the upcoming conference of the American Political Science Association in San Francisco and participate in a panel discussion of his scholarship and academic accomplishments.

Thursday, March 19, 2015