DPLST Book Award

This biennial award is presented to the author(s) of the book that best advances the theoretical and empirical study of diplomacy. We especially welcome books that attempt to connect the study of diplomacy with broader issues and trends in the discipline.

General Information

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  1. Recipients must be a current member of ISA.
  2. The book must have a publish date within the past two calendar years (i.e. awards at ISA 2020 will be given for books published in 2019 or 2018).


  • Certificate is presented to the recipient at the ISA Annual Convention.

Selection Process

  • Winners are strongly expected to participate in the follow year’s book award selection committee.

Apply For This Award

  • Books may be self-nominated or nominated by others. Electronic versions of books are preferred. Electronic submission of PDF of the book and the ISBN for the book should be submitted to Antoaneta Vanc, who will disseminate the book to the entire selection committee. If only hard copies are available, then publishers should arrange for books to be sent directly to all of the book award committee members. The submission deadline is October 1, 2020.


Congratulations to 2019's co-recipients of the DPLST Book Award!

  • Marcus Holmes for "Face-to-Face Diplomacy"
  • Eric Grynaviski for "America's Middlemen. Power at the Edge of Empire"

Congratulations to the following Honorary mentions!

  • Robert Trager for “Diplomacy”
  • Judith Kelley for “Scorecard Diplomacy”
  • Robin Markwica for “Emotional Choices:

For a list of past recipients, please check below.

Past Recipients


Key Dates

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 7 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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