GDS Eminent Scholar Award

This award is given to a scholar who has made a signal contribution throughout her/his career to the issue areas engaged with by GDS.


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  1. Recipients must be current members of ISA.
  • The recipient will receive a plaque.
  • The recipient will also be honored at a roundtable during the annual ISA conference.
  • The scholar is selected each year by a standing committee of three GDS members (who are not existing executive) in consultation with the membership at large.
  • The committee make a decision based on scholarly contribution, with a consideration of practicalities of travel cost and availability.
  • The committee usually make their decision by May 30th of each year.
  • Individuals cannot personally apply for the award.
  • GDS members can suggest nominees.
  • Suggestions must be received by May 1st of each year.


Congratulations to Lewis Gordon, the 2022 recipient of the GDS Eminent Scholar Award! See the previous recipients below.

Year Recipient
2022 Lewis Gordon
2021 Veena Das
2020 Linda Tuhiwai Smith
2019 Nancy Fraser
2018 Vijay Prashad, Trinity College
2017 Arturo Escobar, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2016 Cristina Rojas, Carleton University, Canada
2015 Pal Ahluwalia, University of Portsmouth, UK
2014 Shahid Qadir, Editor of ‘Third World Quarterly’ (TWQ)
2013 Mike Shapiro, University of University of Hawaii at Mānoa
2012 Saskia Sassen, Columbia University
2011 Barry Hindess, ANU, Australia.s
2010 Stephen Chan, SOAS, UK.
2009 Mahmood Mamdani, Columbia University
2008 R . B. J. Walker, University of Victoria, Canada
2007 Dipesh Chakrabarty, The University of Chicago
2006 Silvia Federici, New College, Hofstra University, New York
2005 Kinhinde Mushakoji
2004 Timothy M. Shaw
2003 Fred Dallmayr
2002 Late Janet Abu-Lughod



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University of Concepcion

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