The Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize was created by the American Academy of Political and Social Science in 2007 to pay tribute to one of its most distinguished Fellows, the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. 

Honoring his legacy, the Prize was created to recognize social scientists, public officials, and civic leaders who champion the use of informed judgment to advance the public good. In 2013, the Academy began a tradition of asking the winner of the Moynihan Prize to deliver a public lecture on a topic of his/her choosing. Delivered annually in Washington D.C. and normally in the month of May, the Daniel Patrick Moynihan lecture on social science and public policy is an opportunity the nation’s most influential public servants to speak out about the world’s most pressing challenges. In 2014, we began publishing a written version of the lectures in our flagship journal, The Annals.