ISA Annual Best Book Award

The International Studies Annual Best Book Award is conferred for the best book in the field of international studies with a copyright dated the year before the nomination.

General Information

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  1. Individuals, authors, departments, and publishers may submit a nomination. A brief supporting statement is required of each nomination. The nomination with supporting statement should be addressed to the committee chair. Only email nominations will be considered. Nominators are limited to one submission.
  2. Although there will be no administrative costs deducted from awards and the opportunity is open to both Members and Non-Members of ISA, to maintain ISA's tax-exempt status, any Non-Member recipient must immediately join the Association to receive the award.


  • The recipient will receive $500 along with an award plaque and will be automatically nominated for the ISA Book of the Decade Award.

Selection Process

  • It is the nominator's responsibility to contact the publisher and request that copies of the nominated title be sent to each of the committee members at the addresses listed below, along with one copy to ISA HQ (
  • The Annual International Studies Best Book Award is conferred for the best book in the field of international studies in the previous year.
  • This award is not presented in years in which the Book of the Decade is presented.
  • Books to be considered for the award must be published the year before they are nominated. The book(s) that receive(s) the award will be presented at the convention the following year. 

Apply for the ISA Annual Best Book Award

  • Nominations should be submitted by June 1st. 


Congratulations to the two recipients of the 2018 ISA Annual Best Book Award:

  • Sheena Chestnut Greitens for Dictators and Their Secret Policy
  • Jessica Stanton for Violence and Restraint in Civil War: Civilian Targeting in the Shadow of International Law

 For a list of past recipients, please check below.

Past Recipients

Award Chairs please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

Key Dates