September 25th - 26th
Westin Pasadena, Pasadena, California, USA
The ISA-West conference was held at the Pasadena Westin, on September 25-26. This year’s
conference, organized around the theme “Innovations and Challenges in Teaching and Learning in
a Globalizing World Order,” included two important events. One was the presentation of the Ole
R. Holsti Distinguished Scholar Award, which was created to honor a senior scholar with a record
of research, teaching and mentoring, and service to ISA. The 2015 honoree is Dr. Jacek Kugler of
Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Kugler presented the keynote address, “Repercussions of the
Eurasian Structural Realignments” at the Saturday luncheon. Additionally, ISA-West held an
Emerging Scholars Forum as this year’s professional development activity. Modeled on a similar
program held at main ISA, this program matches junior academics with senior scholars who
discuss their work, i.e., its relationship to the relevant subfield.
ISA President Paul Diehl delivered the keynote address, “Turning Good Teaching on Its Head: A
Thought Experiment,” at the Friday evening Reception.
Overall, we had 152 people register for the conference and held 35 panels and roundtables. It
should be noted that participants included individuals from eight states outside of the ISA-West
region as well as fifteen countries from around the world.
Thanks to the efforts of ISA-West board member Cameron Thies, the conference received
generous sponsorships from Pepperdine University, School of Politics and Global Studies at
Arizona State University, School of International Relations at the University of Southern California,
ISA International Ethics Section (IETHICS) and ISA Active Learning in International Affairs Section
(ALIAS). ISA-West would also like to acknowledge USC for again furnishing student volunteers to
With the election of Amy Below as program chair for the 2016 conference, Lui Hebron assumes
the presidency of ISA-West. The 2016 meeting will again be held at the Pasadena Westin on
September 23-24, 2016.
Lui Hebron, Program Chair
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