THEORY Best Book Award

The International Studies Association Theory Section Book Award recognizes the best book published in the two years prior to the conference at which the award will be given, which contributes to the theorization of world politics.

General Information

Recipients must meet the following criteria

  1. Authors may nominate themselves.
  2. A copy of each book must be sent to each member of the committee, with the line “Theory Section Book Award, c/o” at the top of each address.


  • The winner will receive a plaque at the section meeting during the ISA Annual Convention. If not present, the plaque will be mailed to the recipient.
  • Millennium: Journal of International Studies will feature a forum on the winning book in an upcoming issue.

Selection Process

  • Current officers of the Theory section and members of the committee are ineligible for the award.

Apply for this Award

  • Nominations should be emailed to the committee chairs Patrick Thaddeus Jackson and Jens Bartelson accompanied by a brief letter explaining why a work deserves consideration for the award.
  • Nominations are due by July 1st, 2019 and books must be received by July19th, 2019.
  • Copies of nominated books should be sent to all members of the award committee.
  • Date of publication is normally determined by copyright date for the first edition of a work. This year books published in 2018 and 2019 will be considered.


Patrick Thaddeus Jackson | Co-Chair
March 2019-March 2020

Jens Bartelson | Co-Chair
March 2019-March 2020

Meet the Committee

Award Chairs please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

Key Dates

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