The section annually honors an eminent scholar in the International Relations sub-field of Feminist Theory and Gender Studies. Through their research, eminent scholars have made a significant impact and have pushed the boundaries of the sub-field. Many FTGS eminent scholars also have distinguished themselves through their commitment to the section and have advanced feminist scholarship through their teaching, mentoring and leadership.


Jacqui True

Past Recipients

2018: Elisabeth Pruegl and Simona Sharoni
2017: Marianna H Marchand
2016: Cynthia Weber
2015: Shirin M. Rai
2014: Carol Cohn
2013: Sandra Whitworth
2012: Marysia Zalewski
2011: Christine Sylvester
2007: Anne Sisson Runyan
2006: Jane Parpart
2005: Zillah Eisenstein
2004: Spike Peterson
2003: Jindy Pettman
2002: Maria Patricia Fernandez-Kelly
2001: Sandra Harding
1999: Berenice Carroll
1997: J. Ann Tickner
1995: Jean Bethke Elshtain
1994: Cynthia Enloe

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. Scholars who have previously received the award are not eligible for nomination.

Selection Process

  • The winner will be selected by the FTGS Eminent Scholar Award Committee. This year’s committee are: Catherine Eschle, Roberta Guerrina, Denise Horn (chair), Natalie Hudson, and Laura Shepherd.
  • The award will be presented at the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies (FTGS) Section business meeting during the ISA Annual Convention.

Apply For This Award

  • Nominations are now being sought for the FTGS Eminent Scholar Award. Please send your nominations to the Chair of the Award Committee (Denise Horn at by 12 May 2018.
  • Nominations should include a copy of the nominee’s CV and a letter of support. The letter should speak to the contributions made by the nominee and explain their importance.