Susan S. Northcutt Award

The Susan S. Northcutt Award was established in 2003 by the Women's Caucus for International Studies (WCIS) to honor the Caucus’ founder, Susan S. Northcutt. The award recognizes a person who actively works towards recruiting and advancing women and other underrepresented scholars in the profession, and whose spirit is inclusive, generous and conscientious. While also, acknowledging someone who has made significant contributions through service and competence to the field of international studies and to the International Studies Association.

General Information

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  1. Recipients must be a current member of ISA.
  2. The recipient must demonstrate the strength of their candidacy based on the intention of the Northcutt Award, which is to recognize not only outstanding service and competence in their field, but also exceptional inclusivity and courageous work in advancing women and other minorities in the international studies profession.


  • WCIS has created a separate fund to support this award. Persons wishing to make a donation to this fund can send a check to ISA HEADQUARTERS. The check should be payable to ISA, with a notation that it is for the WCIS Susan S. Northcutt Award Fund.
  • The recipient of the Northcutt Award will receive an award plaque and commemorative vase at the ISA Business Meeting.

Selection Process

  • The award is made annually on the basis of nominations by member(s) of the ISA and selection by the WCIS Executive Committee.

Apply or Nominate for the Award

  • Nomination should include a brief (three pages maximum) articulation of the candidate’s strengths relevant to the aims of the Northcutt Award.
  • Nominations for this Award must be submitted to the Awards/Nominations Coordinator by October 1, 2021.
  • Self-nominations are welcomed.
  • Questions regarding the application/nomination process may be directed to WCIS Awards/Nominations Coordinator at Jamie Scalera.


Congratulations to Dr. Naazeen H. Barma of the University of Denver, the 2021 recipient of the Susan S. Northcutt Award!

For a list of past recipients:

Past Recipients


Jamie Scalera | Chair
April 2021 - March 2022
Georgia Southern University

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