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 the 2019 ISSS-IS conference held at the University of Denver or accepted for the program of the 2020 ISA Annual Convention in Honolulu.i nee


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 Las Vegas in 2021.

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, Bear Braumoeller.
  • The deadline for nominations is July 15, 2020.


Congratulations to Audrey Wong (Princeton University) for “Reaping What You Sow: Public Accountability and the Effectiveness of China's Economic Statecraft", the 2020 recipient of the Patricia Weitsman Award!

For a list of past recipients, please check below.

Past Recipients


Bear Braumoeller | Chair
Ohio State University

Meet the Committee

Award Chairs please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

Key Dates