Patricia Weitsman Award [ISSS]

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


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  1. Recipient must be a current member of ISA.
  2. Recipient must have been a graduate student at the time the paper was delivered.
  3. Nominated papers must have been delivered at the 2023 ISA Annual Convention.
  • 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 2023.
  • 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.
  • 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, Katharine Millar.
  • The deadline for nominations is July 15, 2022.



Congratulations to the 2022 recipient of the Patricia Weitsman Award, Alex Yu-Ting Lin, for “Challenges from Below: Provocations from Smaller States and Rising Power Status Dissatisfaction"! See the previous recipients below.

Year Recipient  
2021 Roya Izadi The Political Economy of State Security: How the Military Gets Involved in the Economy
2020 Audrey Wong Reaping What You Sow: Public Accountability and the Effectiveness of China's Economic Statecraft
2019 Ketian Zhang Killing the Chicken to Scare the Monkey:Explaining Chinese Coercion in the South China Sea
2018 Tamar Mitts From Isolation to Radicalization: Anti-Muslim Hostility and Support for ISIS in the West
2017 Mark Toukan International Politics by Other Means: External Sources of Civil War
2016 Mark Bell Beyond Emboldenment: The Effects of Nuclear Weapons on State Foreign Policy
2016 Amanda Rothschild Tipping Theory: Origins of Great Britain's Suppression of the Slave Trade and Implications for Today's Collective Action Problems
2015 Evan Perkoski Why Regimes Crumble: Understanding State and Security Defections in Subnational Conflicts
2014 Jacquelyn G. Schneider Cyber and the Security Dilemma: A China-United States Case Study
2013 Austin Carson Secrecy, Denial, and Escalation Management in the Korean War
2012 Andrew Boutton U.S. Military Aid & the Geese that Lay Golden Eggs: Terrorist Groups & Interstate Rivalry
2011 Benoît Pélopidas When experts back policy makers’ historical memory and biases: The shared “nuclear proliferation paradigm
2010 Dylan Craig Ultima Ratio Regum: Remix or Redux?

Committee Members

Katharine Millar | Chair
April 2022 - March 2023
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Sumit Ganguly | Member
April 2022 - March 2023
Indiana University

M. Taylor Fravel | Member
April 2022 - March 2023
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Award Chairs, please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

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