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.


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  1. Must be a member of ISA.
  2. Authors may nominate themselves.
  3. Current officers of the Theory section and members of the committee are ineligible for the award.
  • 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.
  • Nominations should be emailed to the committee chairs, David M. McCourt , accompanied by a brief letter explaining why a work deserves consideration for the award.
  • Nominations are due by July 31st, 2022 and books must be received by August 31st, 2022.
  • Copies of nominated books should be sent to all members of the award committee, with the line “Theory Section Book Award, c/o” at the top of each address. 
  • Date of publication is normally determined by copyright date for the first edition of a work. This year, books published in 2021 and 2022 will be considered.



Congratulations to the 2022 recipient of the THEORY Best Book Award, Shenila Khoja-Moolji, for Sovereign Attachments: Masculinity, Muslimness, and Affective Politics in Pakistan! See the previous recipients below.

Year Recipient Title
2021 Brent J. Steele

Hendrik Spruyt
Restraint in International Politics

The World Imagined
2020 Adom Getachew Worldmaking After Empire
2019 Jens Bartelson  
2018 Emma Hutchison Affective Communities in World Politics
2017 Patricia Owens Economy of Force: Counterinsurgency and the Historical Rise of the Social
2015 Lauren Wilcox Bodies of Violence: Theorizing Embodied Subjects in International Relations
2015 Stefano Guzzini  
2014 Patrick Thaddeus Jackson The Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations: Philosophy of Science and its Implications for the Study of World Politics
2013 Daniel Levine (Honorable Mention) Recovering International Relations: The Promise of Sustainable Critique

Committee Members

David M McCourt | Chair
April 2022-March 2023
Dept of Sociology
University of California-Davis
1 Shields Ave
Davis CA, 95616 USA

Jessica Lillian de Alba Ulloa | Member
University of Anahuac, Mexico
16 Cooks Corner Rd
Lincoln, Maine 04457 USA

Eda Gunaydin | Member
Unit 4, 21 Shaw Street
New South Wales
2049 Australia

Shenila Khoja-Moolji | Member
Georgetown University
Intercultural Center 260 
37th and O St NW
Washington, DC 20057

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