Patricia Weitsman Award

The Patricia Weitsman Award for Outstanding ISSS Graduate Paper recognizes the best graduate student paper on any aspect of security studies.

General Information

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  • Recipient must be a current member of ISA.
  • Recipient must have been a graduate student at the time the paper was delivered.
  • Nominated papers must have been delivered at either the 2018 IS-ISSS conference held at Purdue University or the 2019 ISA Annual Convention in Toronto are eligible.

Selection Process

  • Papers must be nominated according to the application process described below.
  • The selection will be made by the ISSS Best Article and Paper Award Committee.


  • The recipient of this award will receive a plaque and a $500 prize, which will be distributed at a reception of the ISA Annual Convention in Honolulu in 2020.

Apply or Nominate for the Award

Application Process

  • Nominations may come from faculty supervisors or mentors, as well as panel chairs or discussants at the above-mentioned conferences.
  • To nominate a paper, send a full PDF copy of the paper, along with a one-paragraph justification for the nomination, to the selection committee chair, Julia MacDonald.
  • The deadline for nominations is July 15, 2019.


Congratulations to Ketian Zhang, MIT, the 2019 recipient of the Patricia Weitsman Award for Outstanding ISSS Graduate Paper for "Killing the Chicken to Scare the Monkey:Explaining Chinese Coercion in the South China Sea (1990-2015)," which was presented at ISA San Francisco!

For a list of past recipients, please check below.

Past Recipients


Julia MacDonald | Committee Chair
University of Denver

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