Human Rights Section - Lynne Rienner Publishers Award for Best Dissertation

The purpose of this award is recognize the best dissertation in the field of human rights defended within two years of the award nomination deadline. Dissertations that ask timely and important questions and deploy innovative methods to answer those questions, as well as dissertations that engage directly with ongoing debates within the human rights field are particularly invited for consideration.

General Information

Eligibility and Award Criteria

  • Dissertations in the field of human rights that are successfully defended during the two-year period prior to the nomination deadline are eligible for nomination. (For example, for nominations received in July 2018, the dissertation must have been defended between July 2016 and June 2018.) Self-nominations are welcome but all nominations must be accompanied by a letter from a member of the dissertation committee, preferably the dissertation advisor.


  • The award is accompanied by $500 and a certificate.

Selection Process

  • All nominations, including dissertation files themselves, should be submitted by July 31 through a nomination form, available here: Please do NOT send dissertations or nomination information directly to the committee members


Congratulations to Filiz Kahraman, author of “Claiming Labor Rights as Human Rights: Legal Mobilization at the European Court of Human Rights” recipient of the 2019 Lynne Rienner Publishers Award for Best Dissertation!

We also want to congratulate the following finalist

  1. Finalist: Nina Reiners, Ph.D., University of Potsdam. "Transnational Lawmaking Coalitions for Human Rights."
  2. Finalist: Rochelle Layla Terman, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. "Backlash: Defiance, Human Rights and The Politics of Shame."


Joel Pruce | Chair
March 2019-March 2020
University of Dayton

Mahmood Monshipuri | Member
March 2019-March 2020
San Francisco State University

Filiz Kahraman | Member
March 2019-March 2020
University of Toronto

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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