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.


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  1. Individuals, authors, departments, and publishers may submit a nomination.
  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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (
  • Nominations should be submitted by June 1st.


Congratulations to the 2021 recipients of the ISA Annual Best Book Award, Margaret Roberts, for Censored, and to Christoph Meyer, Chiara De Franco, and Florian Otto, for Warning about War! See the previous recipients below.

Year Recipient  Title
2021 Margaret Roberts

Christoph Meyer, Chiara De Franco & Florian Otto

Warning about War
2019 Jonathan Renshon Fighting for Status, Hierarchy and Conflict in World Politics
2018 Jessica Stanton

Sheena Chestnut Greitens
Violence and Restraint

Dictators and Their Secret Policy
2017 Dale C. Copeland Economic Interdependence and War
2016 Severine Autesserre Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everday Poltics of International Intervention
2015 Shiping Tang

Emilie M. Hafner-Burton

Lars-Erik Cederman, Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, Halvard Buhaug
The Social Evolution of International Politics

Making Human Rights a Reality

Inequality, Grievances, and Civil War
2014 Bear F. Braumoeller The Great Powers and the International System: Systemic Theory in Empirical Perspective
2013 Tim Büthe/ Walter Mattli The New Global Rulers:  The Privatization of Regulation in the World Economy
2012 Kelly Greenhill Weapons of Mass Migration
2011 Beth Simmons Mobilizing for Human Rights: International Law in Domestic Politics
2009 Andrew Hurrell On Global Order: Power, Values, and the Constitution of International Society
2008 Dominic Johnson/ Dominic Tierney Failing to Win: Perceptions of Victory and Defeat in International Politic
2007 Clifford Bob Marketing of Rebellion: Insurgents, Media, and International Activism
2006 Michael Barnett/ Martha Finnemore Rules for the world: international organizations in world politics

Committee Members

Halvard Buhaug | Chair
April 2021 - March 2022
Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
PO Box 9229 Grønland
NO-0134 Oslo

Isabella Alcañiz | Member
April 2021 - March 2022
University of Maryland
9706 Parkwood Dr.
Bethesda, MD 20814

Roseanne McManus | Member
April 2021 - March 2022
Pennsylvania State University
**Prefers to receive manuscripts via email. If an emailed manuscript is not available, please email for mailing address.

Benjamin Goldsmith | Member
April 2021 - March 2022
School of Politics and International Relations
College of Arts & Social Sciences
RSSS Building 146
The Australian National University
Acton ACT 2601

Sheena Chestnut Greitens | Member
April 2021- March 2022
University of Texas

Mark A. Boyer | Ex-Officio
University of Connecticut
362 Fairfield Way, Unit 4013
Storrs, CT 06269-4013


Award Chairs, please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

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