School of Social and Political Science

SPS staff awarded for their contribution to the study of British politics


Staff at the School of Social and Political Science have been awarded prestigious prizes by the Political Studies Association, including for the best political science book of 2020, for outstanding teaching and for distinctive contributions to the study of British politics.

Dr Marc Geddes, Dr Sarah Liu and Dr Meryl Kenny of SPS’ Politics and International Relations department received their awards at the UK Political Studies Association’s (PSA) Annual Conference, held virtually on Tuesday 30 March 2021.

The PSA is the leading professional association for the study of politics in the UK.

Mackenzie Book Prize – Dr Marc Geddes

Dr Marc Geddes, Senior Lecturer in Politics, has won the Mackenzie Book Prize for the best book published in political science in 2020, for his monograph ‘Dramas at Westminster: Select Committees and the Quest for Accountability’ (Manchester University Press).

The judges described the book as ‘highly engaging, original and rigorously researched…applying ethnographic methods to help us see [Parliament] anew. Geddes provides new insights into what accountability is but also…how accountability happens. The book will be a key reference point for Parliamentary Studies.’  

Bernard Crick Prize for Outstanding Teaching – Dr Sarah Liu

Dr Sarah Liu, Lecturer in Gender and Politics has won the Bernard Crick Prize for Outstanding Teaching.

The judging panel highlighted Sarah’s achievements as “an innovative teacher of politics who has developed effective and inclusive practices to support student learning. She enables students to take an active and critical approach to their studies through research-led teaching. Her students are supported to become producers of knowledge, through writing and editing Wikipedia pages in a strategy that enhances their own employability, enriches the public understanding of politics, and promotes equality.”

Richard Rose Prize – Dr Meryl Kenny

Dr Meryl Kenny, Senior Lecturer in Gender and Politics, has been awarded one of the PSA’s career achievement prizes, winning the Richard Rose Prize for a younger scholar who has made a distinctive contribution to the study of British politics.

The judges “were highly impressed by both the quality and range of Dr Kenny’s contributions to political studies. These included landmark published works; being an innovative and highly effective teacher; leading a PSA specialist group and through being a highly active trustee of the association for several years.”

“The extraordinary diversity of her professional contributions make Dr Kenny a very worthy winner of this award.”

Congratulations to Dr Geddes, Dr Liu and Dr Kenny on these fantastic achievements.

Find out more about studying Politics and International Relations at SPS.

Find out more about each of the winners in their SPS staff profiles: