The George Kateb Preceptor Award was first given in 2011 and is named in honor of George Kateb, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Emeritus. This award is given annually to recognize the best graduate student preceptors in the Department of Politics. Kateb is a political theorist who has made significant contributions to liberal political theory. He joined the Princeton faculty in 1987 and retired from teaching in 2002. Kateb received the Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities from the University and the Stanley Kelley, Jr. Award from the Department.

In 2022, the award was given to Sonya Chen, Tiffany Simon, María José Urzúa Valverde, and Ian Walling.

Kateb and Kelley Award Winners with Chair Frances Lee and Associate Chair Grigo Pop-Eleches
Associate Chair Grigo Pop-Eleches, Ian Walling, Melissa Lane, Tiffany Simon, Sonya Chen, and Acting Chair Frances Lee. María José Urzúa Valverde is not pictured.

Previous Winners


Gabriel Borelli, Sam Winter-Levy, Esther Robinson, and William Schulz


Daniel Tavana, Ben Hammond, Dela Kpo, and R. Bailey Scott


Dan Berbecel, Julian Dean, Federico Tiberti and Elsa Voytas


Paul Baumgardner, Naoki Egami, Will Horne and Rachael McLellan


John Dilulio, Sharan Grewal, Gabrielle Girgis, Asya Magazinnik and David Zuluaga Martinez 


Ted Enamorado, Mary Kroeger, Tolya Levshin, Brandon Miller-de la Cuesta and Saurabh Pant


Marcus Johnson, Lauren Mattoli, David McNamee and Austin Wright


Colby Clabaugh and Michael Lamb


Sarah Cotterill, Jason McMann and Herschel Nachlis


Deborah Beim and Justin Simeone


Javier Hidalgo and Michael McKoy