Best Book in Interdisciplinary Studies

The IDSS has established a book award prize that recognizes a work that is an original and outstanding contribution to interdisciplinary studies, broadly defined. Interdisciplinary studies are unique in making conceptual and methodological connections across disciplines, challenging disciplinary orthodoxies, and critically applying research techniques and approaches across multiple disciplines. Given the interconnectedness of our globalized world, researchers need to use techniques and methods inspired by various disciplines to comprehensively address a wider array of transnational events, issues, and challenges.


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  1. Authors must be current members of ISA.
  2. Books may be single- or multi-authored and must be original works (not edited collections, textbooks or translations).
  3. Books must have been published within the two-year period preceding the year of the competition (i.e. published in 2020 or 2021).
  4. Books must fall into the broadly defined category of interdisciplinary studies in approach and/or subject matter, as understood by the selection committee.
  • A $250.00 (USD) cash prize is awarded to the recipient.
  • The winner will also receive a certificate at the awards presentations at the annual ISA Annual Convention.
  • In addition to the award for Best Book, the Committee may award 'Honorable Mention' to one or more books that, in the Committee's view, merit this distinction.
  • The selection committee will be comprised of three section members, headed by a chair of the committee.
  • To be considered for this award, books may be submitted to the selection committee by any person, including the author(s).
  • Self-nominations are welcome.
  • To be considered, one copy of the book must be sent directly to each of the three members of the selection committee.
    • The Committee will accept submissions in hard copy; under exceptional circumstances it will allow electronic submissions, to be decided on a case by case basis by the selection committee.
  • Books must be received by September 1, 2021.
  • Decisions of the selection committee are final.
    • Questions regarding the quality of the book and importance or scope of the subject matter will be resolved at the sole discretion of the selection committee.
  • For further information or inquiries, please contact the committee chair, Tina Mavrikos-Adamou.


Congratulations to Murad Idris, the 2021 recipient of the Best Book in Interdisciplinary Studies Award! See the previous recipients below.

Year Recipient
2021 Murad Idris

Committee Members

Prof. Tina Mavrikos-Adamou | Chair April 2021 - March 2022 The American College of Thessaloniki New Building 17 Sevenidi Street, 55535 Pylaia Thessaloniki Greece

Prof. George Andreopoulos | Member April 2021 - March 2022 Center for International Human Rights John Jay College of Criminal Justice City University of New York 524 West 59th Street 603.08 BMW New York, NY 10019

Prof. Kavita Khory | Member April 2021 - March 2022 Mount Holyoke College Department of Politics South Hadley, MA 01075


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