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 2022 prize will be open to books published in 2020 and 2021.


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  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. Current members of the award committee are ineligible for the award. They should also declare any conflicts of interest regarding nominated books to the other committee members.
  5. Monographs are not eligible for this award.
  6. Special issues of journals are eligible for nomination if they meet criteria otherwise.
  • Award will be presented at the HIST Section Reception at the ISA Annual Convention.
  • The recipient will receive an award plaque and will be presented with an opportunity for a book forum in the Cambridge Review of International Affairs.
  • 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.
  • Given the COVID19 situation, the committee will accept the books in .pdf form for consideration for the 2022 prize, with the understanding that the publishers will also send hardcopies or paperbacks when conditions return to normal.
  • The nominations deadline is August 15th. Please send nominations to the award chair, Ellen Ravndal.


Congratulations to the 2021 recipient of the Fletcher Prize, Duncan Bell, for Empire, Race and Global Justice! See the previous recipients below.

Year Recipient Title
2021 Duncan Bell Empire, Race and Global Justice
2020 Iver Neumann and Einar Wigen The Steppe Tradition in International Relations

Committee Members

Ellen Ravndall | Chair
April 2021-2023
Department of Media and Social Science
University of Stavanger
Rennebergstien 30
N-4021 Stavanger

Edward Keene | Member
April 2021-2023
Christ Church
United Kingdom

Jaakko Heiskanen | Member
April 2021-2023
2A Vy des Mores
1291 Commugny

Award Chairs, please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

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