I am pleased to inform you that the ISA Midwest region has chosen Oliver Kaplan’s (University of Denver) book Resisting War: How Communities Protect Themselves to be the recipient of the J. David Singer Book Award. This award is given every other year to the author of an outstanding book published in the previous three years and carries a $200 cash prize as well as a framed ISA certificate.
Resisting War uses a mixed-method approach to test a novel argument about civilians' agency and how they organize to protect themselves during conflict using nonviolent strategies. Discussant Adrian Florea (University of Glasgow) notes, “The book is a theoretical and methodological tour de force, has clear and realistic policy implications, and opens up so many avenues for future work on various forms of social order in conflict-ridden environments.”
I thank the award committee-- David Carter (Washington University in St. Louis), Leah Windsor (University of Memphis), and Clayton Webb (University of Kansas)-- for its work in identifying this year's winner.
The book will be honored with a roundtable at the 2019 ISA Midwest annual meeting in St. Louis, MO to be held November 22-23. I take this opportunity to remind you to plan to attend ISA Midwest when planning your fall conference schedule. Keep an eye out for our call for proposals later in the semester.
Congratulations to Oliver and I hope to see you all in St. Louis!