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.


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  1. Recipient 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.
  • The competition recognizes the best paper presented at the ISA Northeast Regional Conference by a scholar who holds a PhD.
  • 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, the 2021 recipient of the A. Leroy Bennett Award for “Governing the Souls and Community: Why Do Islamists Destroy World Heritage Sites?"! See the previous recipients below.

Year Recipient Title
2020 Denis Kennedy 'Blood on the Walls’: The Inherently Contested Nature of Humanitarian Accountability
2015 Cara Daggett Energetic Racism Fossil Fuels and Thermodynamics in 19th Century New Imperialism
2015 Boaz Atzili & Anne J. Kantel Accepting the Unacceptable: Lessons from West Germany's Changing Border Policies
2014 Giovanni Mantilla Social Coercion in International Law-Making: The Forgotten Revision of the Geneva Conventions in the 1970s
2013 Andrew A. G. Ross A Good Use of Force: Humanitarian Sentiment and the Micropolitics of War in Iraq
2012 Dr. Rose Shinko Theorizing Embodied Practices in IR
2011 Dr. Nicholas C. Wheeler War-Making and State-Making Revisited: Examining the Importance of Power, War and Society in Early Modern Europe
2010 Derick Becker (St. John’s) Citizen Consumer: Locating the Individual in Good Governance
2006 Waleed Hazbun Globalization, the Middle East, and the Geopolitics of Tourism
2002 Michael Clancy TBD
2001 Mary Caprioli/ Peter F. Trumbore TBD


Andrew Ross
Ohio University

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