Christina Kinane (PhD, U-M Political Science, 2019) has won the American Political Science Association's (APSA) George C. Edwards III Dissertation Award for "Control Without Confirmation: The Politics of Vacancies in Presidential Appointments." The award is given annually for the best dissertation on the presidency.

Christina M. Kinane is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale University and a Research Fellow at the Institution of Social and Policy Studies. Broadly, she studies the role of legislatures, executives, and the bureaucracy in policymaking. In particular, her current research examines how presidents strategically use vacancies in top appointments to promote their policy priorities within the framework of interbranch bargaining. Professor Kinane teaches courses on American politics and U.S. executive politics.