The American Political Science Association (APSA) and the Political Studies Association (PSA) are delighted to announce the winner of this new award which celebrates outstanding and innovative cross-national scholarly partnerships.

The winning entry from Dr Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan from University of South Florida and Larisa Patlis from Free University of Moldova gave undergraduate students from their respective universities the opportunity to work together to compare the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights and the US Supreme Court.

The award was judged by a joint APSA and PSA panel including Professor Christina Schneider of University of California and PSA Trustee Professor Amelia Hadfield from University of Surrey, who said:

We commend the winners of this year’s PSA/APSA International Partnerships Award for their commitment to building collaborative cross-national partnerships. The Global Classroom created by Dr McLauchlan and Ms Patlis is a unique virtual learning partnership that offered undergraduate students from USA and Moldova an opportunity to collaborate on joint research projects while gaining exposure to cultural exchange. Although the war in Ukraine added unexpected challenges to the course it also provided context for the importance of comparative research and international partnerships. The Comparative Legal Research Assignment which McLauchlan and Patlis developed for the course can now be adapted to other Global Classrooms. Their experience exemplifies the contributions to political science research and teaching that can be made through collaborative cross-national partnerships.

The APSA-PSA International Partnerships Award honours those Political Studies academics engaged in collaborative and productive cross-national partnerships that make a significant contribution to the discipline in the areas of teaching, research, or civic engagement. We warmly thank all our colleagues who took time and care to prepare and submit a nomination for consideration. We were delighted with their quality which illustrated the richness and breadth of international scholarship in our discipline.

Dr Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan Center for Civic Engagement, University of South Florida

Larisa Patlis, Free University of Moldova