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Janda Honored by American Political Science Association

August 24, 2009

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Kenneth Janda, Payton S. Wild Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Northwestern University, has received the Frank J. Goodnow Award from the American Political Science Association (APSA).


The award recognizes outstanding contributions to both the development of the political science profession and the building of APSA, the leading professional organization for the study of political science. This is Janda’s 50th year of membership in APSA.

“Ken’s record demonstrates enormous creativity, pioneering leadership, outstanding teaching and numerous contributions to the discipline,” said Jerry Goldman, professor of political science at Northwestern. “He has selflessly promoted the cause of political science at every turn."

Janda joined the political science department in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences in 1961. He was one of the first Northwestern professors to use computers in the classroom, pioneering both political science research techniques and innovative teaching methods.

With Goldman and Jeffrey Berry of Tufts University, Janda co-authored the popular textbook “The Challenge of Democracy: Government in America.” The book, in its 10 edition and translated into many languages, is used in hundreds of classrooms across the country and abroad.

“Legions of students and scholars appreciate all he has done and shared,” Goldman said.

Janda is the author and co-author of numerous books and has published hundreds of articles in political science and information technology publications.

While at Northwestern, Janda taught classes on American government, political parties, elementary statistics and computer methods. Still active professionally, he continues to author articles, mentor students and share his expertise in speaking engagements.

The Goodnow Award was created in 1996 to honor service to the community of teachers, researchers and public servants in the field of politics. The award was named after Frank J. Goodnow, the first president of the APSA and former president of Johns Hopkins University.


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