A. Leroy Bennett Award

The Bennett Award was established in honor of Professor A. LeRoy Bennett, who taught international relations for more than forty years at Michigan State University, Drake University, and the University of Delaware from which he retired in 1995 as Professor Emeritus. He served as a Ford Foundation fellow at UN headquarters in 1951-51. Professor Bennett developed and administered the international relations program at University of Delaware and was instrumental in establishing the Northeast Regional division of the International Studies Association. Throughout his professional life he has been active in the United Nations Association of the United States of America and the World Affairs Council of Delaware. Professor Bennett is a prolific scholar and authored one of the leading undergraduate textbooks on international organizations. This award is supported by his colleagues at the University of Delaware.

General Information

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  1. Recipients must be a current member of ISA


  • The Award is sponsored by the ISA's Northeast Region (ISA-NE).
  • The winner receives a cash prize of $100.00 and a certificate.

Selection Process

  • The competition recognizes the best paper presented at the ISA Northeast Regional Conference by a scholar who holds a PhD.

Apply or Nominate for the Award

  • Papers presented at the ISA Northeast Regional Conference may be nominated during or after the conference by the conference panel chair, discussant, or paper-presenter.
  • Nominations should be submitted by email to Andrew Ross and should include the paper as an attachment.
  • The application deadline is July 1, 2021.
  • Nominated papers must have been presented at the 2020 ISA-NE conference.


Congratulations to Oumar Ba, recipient of the A. Leroy Bennett Award for “Governing the Souls and Community: Why Do Islamists Destroy World Heritage Sites?"!

For a list of past recipients, please check below.

Past Recipients


Andrew Ross
Ohio University

Award Chairs please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

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