HR Distinguished Scholar Award

General Information

The Human Rights 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 human rights. The Award is accompanied by a one-year paid membership of ISA and Human Rights Section dues (see below). The award is given on a biennial basis.

Eligibility and Award Criteria

  • Recipients of the award must be members of ISA and of the Human Rights Section at the time the award is presented at the ISA Annual Meeting. If the recipient is not a member of ISA and/or the Human Rights Section at the time the award is offered, the recipient may choose to apply the membership benefit of the award prior to presentation at the annual meeting. Recipients who are already members at the time the award is offered will be able to apply the Membership benefit the following year.
  • Recipients of the Human Rights 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.

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Nomination Information

  • Nominations by any member of the Human Rights Section are welcome 
  • Nominations must include the following elements: 
    • A statement (no more than two pages) outlining the scope of the nominee’s achievements in research and scholarship, teaching, and/or mentoring over the course of their career;  
    • References and/or testimonials so the Committee may gather additional information in support of the award. These would also include suggestions for colleagues to participate on the Distinguished Scholar panel honoring the recipient’s work; 
    • The nominee’s most recent CV.  
  • This is a biennial award: the call for nominations is typically made in the Spring of even-numbered years, and the award given at the subsequent ISA Convention in odd-numbered years. Nominations may be sent in at any time. Nominations for 2021 should be directed via email to the Chair of the Distinguished Scholar Award Committee no later than May 15, 2020.

Recipients

The human rights section of the International Studies Association is extremely pleased to name Kathryn Sikkink as the recipient of its 2019 award. 

For a list of past recipients, please check below.

Past Recipients

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Courtney Hillebrecht| Chair
April 2019 - March 2020
University of Nebraska

Shareen Hertel| Member
April 2019 - March 2020
University of Connecticut

Kathryn Sikkink| Member
April 2019 - March 2020
Harvard University

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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