Karl Deutsch Award

Named for Karl Deutsch, this award was established in 1981 to recognize scholars in IR under age 40, or within ten years of defending their dissertation. The Karl Deutsch Award is presented annually to a scholar who is judged to have made (through a body of publications) the most significant contribution to the study of International Relations and Peace Research.


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  1. Recipients must be current members of ISA.
  2. Nominees must be under age 40, or have have defended their dissertation in 2011 or later.
  • A $500.00 (USD) cash prize and a plaque will be awarded to the recipient.
  • Only candidates satisfying the merit and age requirements will be considered.
  • The winner will be notified after November 3rd.
  • Each nomination must include a cover letter highlighting specific scientific merits (not merely generic praise) and an updated curriculum vitae of the nominee, including date of birth and date of the doctoral degree.
  • Self-nominations are welcome. Committee members may also nominate potential recipients.
  • Previous nominees are eligible for the award so long as they meet the merit and age requirements.
  • Nominations should be submitted electronically to each of the award committee members by August 1st.


Congratulations to the 2021 recipient of the Karl Deutsch Award, Joshua D. Kertzer! See the previous recipients below.

Year Recipient
2021 Joshua D. Kertzer
2020 Nils B. Weidmann
2019 Susan Hyde
2018 Jessica Weeks
2017 Michael Horowitz
2016 Jacob Shapiro
2015 Halvard Buhaug
2014 Erica Chenoweth
2013 Jeremy M. Weinstein
2012 Emilie Hafner-Burton
2011 Michael Tomz
2010 Virginia Page Fortna
2009 Jon Pevehouse
2008 Ashley Leeds
2007 Kristian Skrede Gleditsch
2006 Christopher F. Gelpi
2005 Alastair Smith
2004 Allan C. Stam
2003 Kenneth A. Schultz
2002 Dan Reiter
2001 Beth A. Simmons
2000 Edward D. Mansfield
1999 James Fearon
1998 Paul Diehl
1997 Paul Huth
1996 Robert Powell
1995 T. Clifton Morgan
1994 James D. Morrow
1993 Alex Mintz
1992 Duncan Snidal
1991 Jack Snyder
1990 Joshua Goldstein
1989 Zeev Maoz
1988 Steve Chan
1987 Michael Don Ward
1986 Michael Wallace
1985 Bruce Bueno de Mesquita/ Richard Ashley

Committee Members

James Lebovic | Chair
April 2021- March 2022
George Washington University

Kristin Bakke | Member
April 2021- March 2022
University College London

Jacek Kugler | Member
April 2021- March 2022
Claremont Graduate University

Brian Urlacher | Member
April 2021- March 2022
University of North Dakota

Jessica Weeks | Member
April 2021- March 2022
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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