Religion and International Relations Book Award

The Book Award recognizes a book that excels in originality, significance and rigor in the broadly defined field of Religion and IR. For the best book published in the field of Religion and IR (a cash award and membership in the section for one year).

General Information

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  1. Recipients must be a current member of ISA
  2. Eligible books can be single- or multi-authored, or edited.
  3. Eligible books must have been published within the two-year period preceding the year of the competition. For example, for our current award, the books must have been published either in 2018 or 2019. A book shall be considered “published” in the year stated in the book itself. The subject matter of the book must fall into the broadly defined category of religion and international affairs.
  4. Nominated books must be sent to the all members of the selection committee, with a short nomination letter. Self nominations are welcome.


  • The recipient will receive a plaque at the awards presentations at the annual Religion and International Studies reception

Selection Process

  • Questions regarding the scope of the subject will be resolved by the sole discretion of the Awards Committee.

Apply For This Award

  • The deadline to apply for this award is August 30, 2019.
  • Nominated books must be sent to the all members of the selection committee, with a short nomination letter.
  • For questions, please contact the char, Fabio Petito.


Congratulations to the 2018 winner, David Buckley's Faithful to Secularism: The Religious Politics of Democracy in Ireland, Senegal, and the Philippines (Columbia University Press, 2017)!


Fabio Petito | Chair
April 2019-March 2020
University of Sussex

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The International Studies Association

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