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Newsletter: July 2015

Association News

ISA On the Move!

ISA’s Executive Headquarters moved to the University of Connecticut (UCONN) effective July 1, 2015, located in Storrs, CT. Please contact us with any questions in the days and weeks ahead. In the meantime, here are some answers to questions you might have:

  • Where is Storrs, CT? In the northeast “Quiet Corner” of Connecticut, about a 90 minute drive to Boston and 3 hours to New York.
  • Why is the town named “Storrs”? Storrs was named after Charles and Augustus Storrs, who donated the land to the State of Connecticut to establish the land grant university in the state.
  • Aside from academic pursuits, what else is Storrs known for? A world-class dairy and ice cream made there. We also consider ourselves the basketball capital of the world, because of 10 women’s and 4 men’s national championships in the last 20 years.
  • What is the main difference between ISA HQ in Arizona vs. Connecticut? There’s a lot more snow in the winter in Connecticut.

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Research Workshop Grant Deadline

Proposals for the Research Workshop grant program are due July 31, 2015. ISA has two Research & Workshop Grant programs: Venture Research Grants, which support pioneering research, are worth up to $25,000; and Catalytic Research Grants, which support innovative approaches to established research topics, are worth up to $10,000.

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ISA Constitutional Amendment 2015 Passes

As per this summer's election, the proposed amendment to the ISA Constitution (that would alter the requirement on the number of signatures needed to establish a new Section - from 100 to 3.5% of the membership) was passed by a margin of more than 46%.

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IPS Call for Editors

The Publications Committee of ISA invites applications for the new editorial team of the journal International Political Sociology. The individual or team then selected to serve as editor(s) of IPS will hold that position for a five-year term January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2021. Applications should be received no later than September 15, 2015.

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ISA 2016 Travel Grant Application

ISA's Travel Grant Program can provide limited funding for junior scholars, senior graduate students and scholars from low-income countries for our Annual Convention. Applications will close on September 8, 2015.

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ISA 2016 Program Update

Thank you to everyone who submitted proposals for the 2016 Annual Convention in Atlanta. We received over 5,000 paper and panel proposals! The program chairs are now very busy evaluating them and will announce the convention program on September 17, 2015. We are looking forward to Atlanta!

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From our Groups

ISA West Program Announced

ISA West is pleased to announce their program, which takes place in Pasadena, CA on September 25-26, 2015.

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Upcoming Conferences from ISA

In addition to the upcoming ISA Annual Convention in Atlanta, ISA's groups host conferences around the U.S. and across the globe. Many of our groups are currently working on their programs. (ISA South-Tampa, ISA Midwest-St. Louis, ISA Northeast-Providence and ISSS-ISAC-Springfield). Check out our list of upcoming ISA conferences for an idea of what's to come.

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ISSS Emerging Scholar Award

Alexander B. Downes, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at The George Washington University, has been named the 2016 recipient of the International Security Studies Section (ISSS) Emerging Scholar Award. This newly created, annual award is meant to recognize scholars under the age of 45, or within fifteen years of receiving their PhD, who are judged to have made (through their body of publications) the most significant contribution to the field of security studies.

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IO Announces Award Winner

ISA's International Organization Section (IO) is delighted to announce that Thomas G. Weiss, Presidential Professor of Political Science at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, is the recipient of the 2016 recipient of the International Organization (IO) Distinguished Scholar Award. The award was created to recognize scholars of exceptional merit who have made distinctive marks in the field and whose influence, intellectual works, and mentorship will likely continue to impact the field for years to come.

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ISSS Distinguished Scholar Recipient

ISA's International Security Studies Section (ISSS) is pleased to announce that Martha Crenshaw, Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Professor of Political Science (by courtesy) at Stanford University has been named the 2016 recipient of the ISSS Distinguished Scholar Award.

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J. Ann Tickner Book Prize Call

The J. Ann Tickner Book Prize seeks to recognize the author of a book that critically engages IR theory, that questions disciplinary assumptions, and that helps build practical knowledge to address pressing issues and contribute to a more just and peaceful world. Nominations are due by August 15, 2015.

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Alexander George Award

ISA's Foreign Policy Analysis Section (FPA) welcomes nominations for the Alexander George Award for the best graduate student paper at ISA in Foreign Policy Analysis (i.e., on a panel sponsored by the FPA section) by September 1, 2015. Each nomination should include a letter from the professor who supervised the writing of the paper. Please send your nominations to the chair of the Alexander George subcommittee, Sibel Oktay (

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Gerner Grant for Professional Development

The Women's Caucus of the International Studies Association (WCIS) is pleased to announce the call for applications/nominations for the Deborah "Misty" Gerner Grant for Professional Development. Nominations are due by October 1, 2015.

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Susan S. Northcutt Award

The Women's Caucus of the International Studies Association (WCIS) is pleased to announce the call for applications/nominations for the Susan S. Northcutt Award. Nominations are due by October 1, 2015.

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ENMISA Distinguished Book Award

The Ethnicity, Nationalism and Migration Section (ENMISA) invites nominations for the section's annual Distinguished Book Award. Nominations are due by October 15, 2015.

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PDG Kugler Best Student Paper Award

ISA's Political Demography and Geography Section invites nominations for the Jacek Kugler Political Demography and Geography Student Paper Award. The award to recognizes the best paper with a political demography and geography theme presented at the ISA Annual Convention. Nominations are due by October 31, 2015.

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