ISA Book of the Decade Award

About the Award

The International Studies Best Book of the Decade Award honors the best book published in international studies over the last decade.In order to be selected, the winning book must be a single book (edited volumes will not be considered) that has already had or shows the greatest promise of having a broad impact on the field of international studies over many years. Only books of this broad scope, originality, and interdisciplinary significance should be nominated.

General Information

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  1. Recipients must be a current member of ISA
  2. A letter of nomination, stating the reasons why the nominator believes the book to be worthy of this award, should be sent to all members of the committee by e-mail at the addresses listed below.
  3. Copies of the nominated book should be forwarded to ISA's Executive Director


  • The  recipient will be notified after October 1st.
  • A $500.00 (USD) cash prize to the recipient is awarded from the ISA General Account, along with a plaque.

Selection Process

  • This award is awarded once a decade. The next award will be announced at the ISA Annual Convention in 2020.
  • 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, along with one copy to ISA HQ.

Apply or Nominate for the Award

  • Nominations may be made by any individual member of ISA or by publishers.
  • Nominations should be submitted by May 15, 2019.


This award is given once a decade. The next award recipient will be announced at the ISA Annual Convention in 2020.

For a list of past recipients, please check below.

Past Recipients


Members serve one-year terms. Member terms officially begin with the ISA Governing Council meeting of the first year listed and end with the closing of the ISA Governing Council meeting of the final year listed.

Rudra Sil, Chair
March 2019 - March 2020
University of Pennsylvania

Meet the Committee

Award Chairs please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

Key Dates