The section awards a book prize in the International Relations sub-field of Feminist Theory and Gender Studies each year. The award recognizes a book published in the preceding two calendar years that excels in originality, impact, and rigor towards furthering feminist theory and gender studies within the discipline of international relations. Where possible we have included a sample chapter from the book, and in some cases the full text, accessible by clicking on the chapter title.


Dara Kay Cohen, Rape During Civil War (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2016).


Lauren Wilcox, Bodies of Violence: Theorizing Embodied Subjects in International Relations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).

Jemima Repo, The Biopolitics of Gender (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).


Maria Eriksson Baaz and Maria Stern, Sexual Violence as a Weapon of War? Perceptions, Prescriptions, Problems in the Congo and Beyond (London: Zed Books, 2013).

General Information

Recipients must meet the following criteria:

  1. Recipients must be a current member of ISA.
  2. Recipients must be members of the FTGS section.
  3. Books must have been published in the two preceding calendar years (i.e. the book must have an official publication date of 2016 or 2017 for nomination this year).
  4. Nominators/ nominees are responsible for making sure the publisher provides copies of the nominated book for the committee by the nomination deadline.
  5. Books that were previously nominated are not eligible for nomination in the following year.

Selection Process

  • The winner will be selected by the FTGS Book Award Committee. This year’s committee are: Roberta Guerrina, Denise Horn, Natalie Hudson (chair), and Maria Martin de Almagro Iniesta.


  • The winner will be announced in December, along with details of other finalists.
  • The prize is awarded at the ISA conference the following spring.

Apply for the FTGS Book Prize

  • Nominations for the book prize are now open, and should be sent to the Chair of the Award Committee (Natalie Florea Hudson at by 10 July 2018. Nominations should take include details of the publication and a 300-500 word justification.
  • Please also note that arrangements will need to be made with publishers to provide copies of the nominated books to the committee by 20 July 2018.