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ISA Theory Section Book Prize

April 9, 2013

Despite the lack of an update at its website, I am now the Chair of the International Studies Association (ISA) Theory Section.

Obviously, all ISA members should join and contribute $5 to our budget. But the reason for this post is that we’ve promised public discussion of the wording of our new book award. I’ve set up a page for the section at the Duck of Minerva, but the comments aren’t working. So I’m putting the basic text here and inviting comments.

We also need to figure out if we are honoring a “distinguished scholar” next year. Suggestions on both the text of the award and possible honorees are welcome.

The proposed text:

The ISA Theory Section Book Prize is awarded to the book that makes the most significant contribution to the theorization of international politics. Nominees must have a copyright date within the previous two years. Single-authored, multi-authored, and edited books are all eligible for the award.


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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.