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

    • Book must be published in 2017-2018

    • Book must be a monograph (cannot be an edited volume)

    • Nominations must be made by a GDS member

    • The Nominator should write a 300-500 word justification to be sent to the GDS Book Award Committee Chair (Mary Jane Parmentier) at

    • The committee will, to the best of its ability, consider books written in languages other than English


  • The recipient will receive a certificate and $500.

Selection Process

    • Nominee/nominator are responsible for getting the publisher to send a copy of the book  to each 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.

    • Deadline for nominations: By email to Mary Jane Parmentier on or before May 15, 2018.

    • Deadline for receiving hard/physical copies of books by committee: August 15, 2018


Congratulations to Debarati Sen, 2018 recipient of the GDS Book Award, for "Everyday Sustainability: Gender Justice and Fair Trade Tea in Darjeeling"!

For a list of past recipients, please check below.

Past Recipients


Roni Kay O'Dell | Chair
Seton Hall University

Meet the Committee

Award Chairs please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

Key Dates

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