Historical International Relations Distinguished Scholar Award

The HIST Section’s Distinguished Scholar Award recognizes an individual whose lifetime achievements in scholarship, teaching, and mentoring have made a significant impact on the field of Historical International Relations. The award is given on a biennial basis.


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  1. Recipients of the award must be members of ISA and of the HIST Section at the time the award is presented at the ISA Annual Meeting.
  • The recipient will receive a plaque.
  • Recipients of the Historical International Relations Distinguished Scholarship will be recognized at the Section’s Business Meeting as well as the Section Reception at ISA. The Section will also organize a Distinguished Scholar Panel to recognize the recipient’s achievements.
  • The recipient will be selected by the Section's Executive Committee.


Congratulations to the 2021 recipient of the Historical International Relations Distinguished Scholar Award, John M. Hobson! See the previous recipients below.

Year Recipient
2021 John M. Hobson
2019 Jens Bartelson
2017 Yale H. Ferguson and Richard W. Mansbach


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