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.

Apply or Nominate for the Award

  • Nominations may be made by any individual member of ISA or by publishers.


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

Award Chairs please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

Key Dates

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 6 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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