Global Development Studies Book Award

The International Studies Association (ISA) Global Development Studies (GDS) section is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the GDS Book Prize. Books should meet the goals of the section, including a scholarly concern “with development and global justice working across a number of fields, for example, postcolonial studies, development studies, critical political economy, critical security studies, social and political theory, history, sociology, gender studies, and public policy.”

General Information

Nominations must meet the Following Criteria

  1. Book must be published in 2019-2020
  2. Book must be a monograph (cannot be an edited volume)
  3. Self-nominations are accepted; nominee and nominator must be current ISA members
  4. Nominations are not accepted from publishers
  5. The Nominator should write a 300-500 word justification to be sent to the GDS Book Award Committee Chair, Mary Jane Parmentier
  6. The committee will, to the best of its ability, consider books written language other than English
  7. Members currently holding any leadership positions in ISA are ineligible for the award


  • The recipient will receive a certificate and $500.

Selection Process

  1. Nominee/nominator are responsible for getting the publisher to send a copy of the book of the committee members (see list below). In case of a non-English text, work with the Committee Chair and GDS to facilitate the necessary steps (cf. translation) for a fair inclusion of the text in the award process. Copies can be physical or electronic.
  2. Deadline for nominations: By email to Mary Jane Parmentier May 31, 2020.
  3. Deadline for receiving hard/physical copies of books by committee: August 15, 2020.


Congratulations to Michael Levien, 2020's recipient of the GDS Book Award for "Dispossession without Development: Land Grabs in Neoliberal India"!

For a list of past recipients, please check below.

Past Recipients


Mary Jane Parmentier | Chair
Arizona State University

Meet the Committee

Award Chairs please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

Key Dates