Professor Benjamin Bishin of the political science department received the 2011 Bailey Prize from the American Political Science Association at their Seattle conference this summer. The prize is named after author Robert Bailey, who pioneered the study of gay and lesbian politics, and is awarded annually for the best LGBT related paper presented at the previous year’s meeting.
Professor Bishin co-authored his award winning paper, “Gay Rights and Legislative Wrongs: The Representation of Gays and Lesbians”, with UC Irvine political science professor, Tony Smith. Professor Bishin describes the inspiration for his work as having come from an interest in how small groups gain power in the United States political system. The p