Chadwick Alger Prize

The Chadwick F. Alger Prize recognizes the best book published in the previous calendar year on the subject of international organization and multilateralism. The Prize is awarded annually by the International Organization Section of the International Studies Association. The Award Committee is particularly interested in works dealing with the United Nations and/or with how international organizations interact with nongovernmental organizations and other local civil society actors, as reflected in the writings of Chadwick F. Alger.

General Information

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  1. Recipients must be a current member of ISA
  2. The recipient may be at any stage of his or her career and from any country.
  3. Edited volumes are not eligible for this award.
  4. Self-nominations are also welcome.


  • The recipient receives a $250.00 (USD) cash prize from the International Organization account and a certificate.

Selection Process

  • The recipient is selected by a committee appointed by the International Organization Section.
  • The recipient will be announced at the International Organization Section Business Meeting at the ISA Annual Convention and will be recognized at the IO Section reception.

Apply For This Award

  • Publishers are asked to limit their submissions to no more than three (3) works, and to send a copy of the nominated work(s) directly to each of the committee members. Publishers should also notify the Committee Chair of submissions by email.
  • Nominated books should be sent to the committee members by October 1st. Books appearing later in 2018 can be sent as page proofs by October 1st.


Congratulations to Herman Salton,  the 2018 recipient of the Chadwick Alger Award, for his book Dangerous Diplomacy

For a list of past recipients, please check below.

Past Recipients


Tana Johnson | Chair
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
Sanford Building 236, 201 Science Drive, Box 90245
Durham, NC 27708

Meet the Committee

Award Chairs please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

Key Dates

The International Studies Association

Representing over 100 countries, ISA has more than 6,500 members worldwide and is the most respected and widely known scholarly association in this field. Endeavoring to create communities of scholars dedicated to international studies, ISA is divided into 6 geographic subdivisions of ISA (Regions), 29 thematic groups (Sections) and 4 Caucuses which provide opportunities to exchange ideas and research with local colleagues and within specific subject areas.
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