ENMISA Distinguished Book Award

The ENMISA Book Award, sponsored by the ENMISA Section, recognizes the best book published over the past two years in the study of the international politics of ethnicity, nationalism or migration. The Award Committee is particularly interested in books that engage multiple areas of analytical interest to ENMISA members.


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  1. At the time of nomination at least one author must be a current member of ISA.
  2. At the time of receiving the award, all recipients must be current member of ISA.
  3. To be eligible for the 2023 award, books must have been published in 2021 or 2022 (i.e., copyright and printed) .
  4. Recipients are expected to attend the award ceremony at the 2023 ISA Annual Convention 
  • The recipient will receive a plaque at the awards presentations at the annual ISA Annual Convention.
  • The award committee, comprising three ENMISA members designated by the ENMISA Executive Committee, ensure that the nominations fit the award criteria and assess the scholarly quality of the books according to the following criteria:
  • Relevance of the argument to key areas of ethnicity, nationalism and/or migration;
  • Originality of the argument;
  • Quality of the research;
  • Ability to draw on the insights of multiple disciplines;
  • Innovative methods or methodological syntheses;
  • Readability of the text;
  • Policy or practical implications of the scholarship.
  • To nominate a book for the award, each committee member needs to receive a hard copy of the book by August 15, 2022.
  • Please add the line ”ENMISA Distinguished Book Award” under the name of the committee member in the address.
  • It is recommended to also send a short nomination letter to all members via email or post by the deadline.


Congratulations to the 2022 recipients of the ENMISA Distinguished Book Award, Alexander Betts, for The Wealth of Refugees: How Displaced People Can Build Economies, and Omar Shahabudin McDoom, for The Path to Genocide in Rwanda: Security, Opportunity, and Authority in an Ethnocratic State! See the previous recipients below.

Year Recipient Title
2021 Lauren Duquette-Rury

Noora Lori
Exit and Voice: The Paradox of Cross-Border Politics in Mexico

Offshore Citizens: Permanent Temporary Status in the Gulf
2020 Alan Gamlen

Gerasimos Tsourapas

Human Geopolitics: States, Emigrants, and the Rise of Diaspora Institutions

The Politics of Migration in Modern Egypt: Strategies for Regime Survival in Autocracies
2019 Gerard Toel "Near abroad: Putin, the West, and the contest over Ukraine and the Caucasus"
2018 Margaret Peters Trading Barriers: Immigration and the remaking of globalization
2017 Stuart Kaufman "Nationalist Passions"
2016 Phil Orchard A Right to Flee
2015 Joseph Carens The Ethics of Immigration
2014 Fotini Christia "Alliance Formation in Civil Wars
2013 Roger D. Petersen Western Intervention in the Balkans: The Strategic Use of Emotion in Conflict
2012 Elise Giuliano Constructing Grievance: Ethnic Nationalism in Russia’s Republics
  Devesh Kapur Diaspora, Development, and Democracy: The Domestic Impact of International Migration from India
2011 Kim Rygiel and Natasha Iskander Globalizing Citizenship
  Natasha Iskander Creative State: Forty Years of Migration and Development Policy in Morocco and Mexico
2010 Idean Salehyan Rebels Without Borders: Transnational Insurgencies in World Politics
  Marc Morj√© Howard The Politics of Citizenship in Europe

Committee Members

Alexander Betts | Chair
University of Oxford
3 Mansfield Road
United Kingdom

David FitzGerald | Member
University of California San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92093-0533

Stuart Kaufman | Member
University of Delaware
347 Smith Hall
18 Amstel Avenue
Newark, DE 19716

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