THEORY Conference Pre-PhD Paper Award

About The Award

The THEORY Section seeks nominations for its conference paper awards. All papers with a strong theoretical focus which were presented at the most recent ISA Annual Conventionare eligible. The THEORY Section seeks to honor excellent work in theorizing international politics across the plurality of theoretical approaches. This award is for a paper presented by a graduate student or other non-PhD holder.


Recipients must meet the following criteria

  1. Recipient must be a current member of ISA.
  2. Eligible paper may be single- or multi-authored.
  3. To be eligible for the award, the paper must have been presented at the most recent ISA Annual Convention.
  4. This award is for a paper presented by a graduate student or other non-PhD holder.
  5. The subject matter of the paper must fall into the broadly defined category of theory.


  • Certificate and a $500 travel grant to be used to attend a future ISA meeting.
  • The recipient will receive the award at the section meeting during the ISA Annual Convention. If not present, the certificate and check will be mailed to the recipient.

Apply for this Award

The deadline for nominations is July 1.

  • Nominations may be made by anyone in the profession. We encourage discussants and chairs on THEORY panels to let us know about outstanding papers you encountered. Self-nominations are also welcome.
  • Nominations should include contact information of the nominee and, in the case of self-nominations, also a copy of the relevant paper. They should be submitted electronically to Patrick Thaddeus Jackson.


Congratulations to the 2018 recipients of the Theory Section Pre-PhD Paper Award:

Anette Stimmer, author of “Norm life cycle or norm square? Norm contestation of sovereignty and territorial integrity in the post-Cold War era” and Scott Hamilton, author of “Securing Ourselves from Ourselves? The Paradox of “Entanglement” in the Anthropocene”

For a list of past recipients, please check below.

Past Recipients


Patrick Thaddeus Jackson
American University

Committee Members

Charlotte Heath-Kelly | Co-Chair
University of Warwick

Matthew Evans | Member
Northwest Arkansas Community College

Sassan Gholiagha | Member
WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Gitte du Plessis | Member
Tampere University

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