ISSS Distinguished Scholar Award

The Distinguished Scholar Award is given for life achievement in International Security Studies. Typically, nominees will have made major contributions to scholarship in the field both via their own research and writing and their mentorship of others.


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  1. Recipients must be current members of ISA.
  • The award recipient will be honored at a special panel at the ISA Annual Convention.
  • The award includes a plaque and a $500 award which will be distributed at a reception following the panel.
  • The nomination may come from any member of the International Security Studies Section.
  • Nominations should be accompanied by a short letter of justification (not more than 1 page) and the nominee’s CV.
  • Candidates nominated in previous years but not selected are still considered to be in contention and do not need to be re-nominated.
  • Nominations should be emailed to the award committee chair, M. Taylor Fravel.
  • Nomination Deadline: May 31, 2020.


Congratulations to the 2021 recipient of the ISSS Distinguished Scholar Award, Marc Trachtenberg! See the previous recipients below.

Year Recipient
2021 Marc Trachtenberg
2020 Cynthia Enloe
2019 Etel Solingen
2018 Charles Glaser
2017 Barry R. Posen
2016 Martha Crenshaw
2015 Stephen Walt
2014 Richard Ned Lebow
2013 Scott Sagan
2012 Jack Snyder
2011 Thomas C. Schelling
2010 Kenneth Waltz
2009 Samuel Huntington
2008 Richard Rosecrance
2007 Lawrence Freedman
2006 Robert Art
2005 Richard Betts
2004 John Mearsheimer
1996 Robert Jervis

Committee Members

Eliza Gheorghe, Chair | Chair
March 2022- March 2023
Bilkent University

Eugene Riordan, Member | Member
March 2022- March 2023
University of California, Santa Barbara

Rosella Cappella Zielinski, Member | Member
March 2022- March 2023
Boston University

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

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