Quincy Wright Award

The Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar Award was created in 2000 and is given annually to a scholar who has significantly influenced the ISA-Midwest region. The Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar will have an exceptional record of scholarship in international studies, a distinguished record of service to the International Studies Association and other international affairs organizations, and, normally, a record of service within the region.


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  1. Recipients must be current members of ISA.
  • The recipient receives a plaque and gives a special address at the award luncheon during ISA Midwest Annual Conference.
  • This award is sponsored by the ISA Midwest Region and presented at the region conference in November.
  • The ISA-Midwest Board selects the recipient.
  • The award is presented every year.
  • Nominations should spotlight career achievements, including contributions to the ISA and ISA-Midwest.
  • Papers should be submitted to the ISA-Midwest president by December 31, 2017.


Congratulations to the 2020 recipient of the Quincy Wright Award, Dursun Peksen! See the previous recipients below.

Year Recipient
2020 Dursun Peksen
2019 Jeff Pickering
2018 Amanda Murdie
2017 Cameron Thies
2016 Marijke Breuning
2015 Sara Mitchell
2014 Karen Rasler
2013 A. Cooper Drury
2012 Jim Scott
2011 James McCormick
2010 John Vasquez
2009 John Ishiyama
2008 Paul Diehl
2007 Ted Gurr
2006 Ralph Carter
2005 Patrick James
2004 William Thompson
2003 David P. Forsythe
2002 Margaret G. Hermann
2001 Dina Zinnes
2000 Chad Alger


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