Lee Ann Fujii Book Award

In 2016, Lee Ann Fujii gave the luncheon lecture at ISA-NE. In her lecture, she called for greater diversity and representation in the discipline of IR, and emphasized the need for mentorship, support, and recognition of scholarship in this vein. After her passing in 2018, this book award was established to recognize the best book published in the previous two calendar years that significantly advances issues of diversity in the discipline, whether through topical focus or authorship. In this vein, the award gives preference to scholars from underrepresented communities in IR: scholars from the Global South, LGBTQ scholars, and women. Award recipients should fulfill Lee Ann’s call for diversity and representation in the discipline in meaningful ways.


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  • Recipients must be current members of ISA.
  • Award recipients will receive $250 (USD), a plaque, and a complimentary one-year ISA membership.
  • The award winner is selected by a six-member Award Committee comprised of a member from each of the award's co-sponsors:
  • Chair from ISA-NE
  • LGBTQA Caucus
  • Women's Caucus
  • Committee on Diversity and Representation
  • Global South Caucus
  • Committee on the Status of the Global South
  • Nominations outlining how the book meets the award criteria should be sent to the committee chair, Oumar Ba (oumar.ba@cornell.edu).
  • The committee chair will then provide nominators with the mailing addresses of the committee members so that the nominated books can be sent to the committee.
  • One copy of the nominated book must be sent to each member of the committee. 
  • Nominations are due by July 15, 2022, with books to be received by all commitee members by July 31, 2022.
  • Please note that WCIS Executive Committee members are not eligible to apply.



Congratulations to the 2022 recipient of the Lee Ann Fujii Book Award, Mohamed Sesay! An honorable mention was awarded in the form of a certificate to Shenila Khoja-Moolji. See the previous recipients below.

Year Recipient Title
2021 Milli Lake Title not provided


Oumar Ba | Chair
Cornell University

Serena Serrano | Women’s Caucus Representative
National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Paula Drumond | Committee on Diversity and Representation Representative
Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro

Zaynab El Bernoussi | Global South Caucus Representative
International University of Rabat

May Darwich | Committee on the Status of the Global South Representative
University of Birmingham

Emil Edenborg | LGBTQA Caucus Representative
Stockholm University

Lahoma Thomas | At-Large Member
Ryerson University

Award Chairs, please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

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