James Dray (2007 Commonwealth Scholar from South Africa) has been awarded the Political Studies Association’s 2012 Arthur McDougall Prize for Best Dissertation in Elections, Electoral Systems or Representation.

James’ dissertation, submitted for his DPhil in African Politics at the University of Oxford, is titled ‘Voter Turnout in Sub-Saharan Africa’. The prize judges commented that ‘it was ambitious and wide-ranging, had a strong comparative element, [and] looked at representation issues in a corner of the world which is seriously neglected by the elections and representation literature’.

James has been invited to receive his prize at the Political Studies Association’s Annual Conference Dinner in Belfast in April.