Ole R. Holsti Distinguished Scholar Award

Created in 2014, the Ole R. Holsti Distinguished Scholar Award is given annually to a scholar who has significantly influenced the ISA West region. The Ole R. Holsti Distinguished Scholar Award was established to recognize Ole R. Holsti for his extraordinary role within the ISA West region and his contributions to the international studies community as a whole. The Ole R. Holsti Distinguished Scholar will have an exceptional record of scholarship in international studies, a distinguished record of teaching and mentorship, as well as service to the International Studies Association West region.

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  1. Recipients must be a current member of ISA.
  2. Recipients must be able to attend the ISA West regional conference the year that individual receives the award.


  • Recipients will receive a plaque and give a special address at the award luncheon during ISA West Annual Conference.
  • This award is sponsored by the ISA West Region and presented at the regional conference in September. 
  • The recipient will be reimbursed for travel up to $500, conference registration and three nights at the conference hotel (but not room or hotel incidentals).

Selection Process

  • Nominations are open to current members of the ISA.
  • The ISA West Executive Council selects the recipient.
  • The award is presented every year.

Apply For This Award

  • Nominations should spotlight career achievements in, notably, research, teaching/mentoring and service contributions to the ISA and ISA West. Particular emphasis will be placed on such activities in the ISA West region.
  • Nominations should be sent to Amy Skonieczny by June 30, 2019 (the annual conference is held the following September).
  • Current CVs should be accompanied by a letter of nomination of no more than 1000 words.

About Ole Holsti

Dr. Ole R. Holsti is the George V. Allen Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Duke University. A strong supporter and past-president of the ISA West as well as the ISA South, Dr. Holsti specializes in international politics and foreign policy decision-making. He is a path-breaking author; his numerous works include: To See Ourselves as Others See Us: How Public Abroad View the U.S. Since 9/11, American Public Opinion on the War in Iraq, Crisis, Escalation, War, Content Analysis for the Social Sciences and Humanities, and Public Opinion and American Foreign Policy and co-author of International Alliance: Unity and Disintegration, Enemies in Politics, Communication Content, Content Analysis, Change in the International System, and American Leadership in World Affairs: Vietnam and The Breakdown of Consensus. In addition, his articles have appeared in American Political Science Review, The Handbook of Social Psychology, Public Opinion Quarterly, World Politics, Journal of Politics, International Political Science Review, International Studies Quarterly, Diplomatic History, Political Psychology, and various other journals. He is former Associate Editor of International Studies Quarterly and he is Contributing Editor of Running Journal. Professor Holsti was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and he was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1981-82. He has served the discipline in several capacities: President of the International Studies Association (1979-1980), President of International Studies Association West (1969-70), and past Vice President of International Society of Political Psychology. He has won numerous awards, including the Nevitt Sanford Award from the International Society of Political Psychology for "distinguished professional contributions to political psychology", the Howard Johnson Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1990, and The Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1995. He has been the recipient of six National Science Foundation Research Grants, and received distinguished lifetime achievement awards from the American Political Science Association and the International Society for Political Psychology. His non-academic interests include running marathons and racewalking. Professor Holsti resides in Utah, near his grandchildren.


Congratulations to Laura Sjoberg, the 2018 recipient of the Ole R. Holsti Distinguished Scholar Award!

Past Recipients


Amy Skonieczny | Chair
September 2018 - September 2019
San Francisco State University

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