The Politics Department awards the following prizes annually:
The Aaron Wildavsky Memorial Prize was established in 1994 in memory of Aaron Wildavsky, former Professor of Politics at Oberlin College. This Prize is awarded to the student(s) who is/are designated by the Politics Department to be the best graduating senior(s) specializing in American politics and public policy.
The Comfort Starr Prize was established in 1902 by a gift from Mr. Merritt Starr of Chicago, Illinois. This Prize is awarded to deserving scholars for their excellent work in Politics.
The John D. Lewis Memorial Prize was established in honor of longtime Oberlin faculty member and political theorist John D. Lewis (1905-1988). Professor Lewis, OC '28, returned in 1935 as a member of the Department of Government faculty, where he remained until retirement in 1972. This prize is awarded to the student(s) who is/are designated by the Politics Department to be the most outstanding student(s) in political theory.