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 2021 prize will be open to books published in 2019 and 2020.

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
  • The prize winner will be presented with an opportunity for a book forum in the Cambridge Review of International Affairs.

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


Congratulations to Julian Go and George Lawson, inaugural winners of the Fletcher Prize for Global Historical Sociology, as well as Tim Dunne and Chris Reus-Smit for their Honorable Mention!

For a list of past recipients, please check below.

Past Recipients


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