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.

General Information

Eligibility Requirements

  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 2021 award, books must have been published in 2019 or 2020(i.e., copyright and printed) .
  4. Recipients are expected to attend the award ceremony at the 2021 ISA Annual Convention 


The recipient will receive a plaque at the awards presentations at the annual ISA Annual Convention.

Selection Process

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.

Submit a nomination

To nominate a book for the award, each committee member needs to receive a hard copy of the book by August 15, 2020. 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 Alan Gamlen, (Human Geopolitics: States, Emigrants, and the Rise of Diaspora Institutions), and Gerasimos Tsourapas, (The Politics of Migration in Modern Egypt: Strategies for Regime Survival in Autocracies)  2020 co-recipients of the ENMISA Distinguished Book Award!

For a list of past recipients, please check below.

Past Recipients


Audie Klotz | Chair
Syracuse University

Meet the Committee

Award Chairs please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

Key Dates