ISSS Emerging Scholar Award

The Emerging Scholar Award, which will be awarded annually, is meant to recognize scholars who have made (through their body of publications) the most significant contribution to the field of security studies.


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  1. Recipients must be current members of ISA.
  2. Scholars must be under the age of 45 or within fifteen years of receiving their PhD.
  • The award recipient will receive a plaque and a $500 award given during the ISSS reception at the Annual Convention.
  • The selection will be made by the ISSS Emerging Scholar Award Committee.
  • Nominations may come from any member of the ISSS.
  • Nominations should include a short letter of justification (not more than 1 page) and the nominee's CV.
  • Nominations should be sent via email to Stephen Saideman by July 15, 2020.


Congratulations to the 2021 recipient of the ISSS Emerging Scholar Award, Séverine Autesserre! See the previous recipients below.


Year Recipient
2021 Severine Autesserre
2020 Vipin Narang
2019 Dara Kay Cohen
2018 Kelly M. Greenhill
2017 Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham
2016 Alex Downes


Committee Members

Stephen Saideman | Chair
April 2021- March 2022
Carleton University

Dara Cohen | Member
April 2021- March 2022
Harvard University

Eugene Gholz | Member
April 2021- March 2022
University of Notre Dame

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

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