Joseph Fletcher Prize for Best Edited Book in Historical International Relations

Joseph F. Fletcher (1934-1984) was a historian who studied the interaction between Islamic, Mongol and Chinese worlds, a groundbreaker in the turn toward global history. The award is given annually and recognizes the best edited book copyrighted in the previous calendar year on subjects related to historical international relations. The inaugural prize (2020) will be open to books published in 2017 and 2018.

General Information

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  1. Recipients must be current members of ISA
  2. The recipient may be at any stage of their career and from any country.
  3. Self-nominations are welcome.
  4. Members of the award committee are ineligible for the award.
  5. Monographs are not eligible for this award.
  6. Special issues of journals are eligible for nomination if they meet criteria otherwise.


  • A $200 (USD) cash prize and a plaque is awarded to the recipient
  • Award will be presented at the HIST Section Reception at the ISA Annual Convention

Selection Process

  • The recipient is selected by a three-person committee appointed by the HIST section officers; committee members serve for two years.
  • Nominated books should conduct careful historical analysis that produces significant insights into ongoing concerns in international studies.
  • When nominating an author, please submit a copy of the book to each member of the Award Committee. The nominations deadline is August 15th. Please send nominations to the award chair, Dr. Joseph MacKay


Dr. Joseph MacKay | Chair
March 2019-March 2021
College of Asia & the Pacific

Meet the Committee

Award Chairs please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

Key Dates

The International Studies Association

Representing over 100 countries, ISA has more than 6,500 members worldwide and is the most respected and widely known scholarly association in this field. Endeavoring to create communities of scholars dedicated to international studies, ISA is divided into 7 geographic subdivisions of ISA (Regions), 29 thematic groups (Sections) and 4 Caucuses which provide opportunities to exchange ideas and research with local colleagues and within specific subject areas.
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