The IMM offers four awards:
The Lee Ann Fujii Award for Innovation in the Interpretive Study of Political Violence
This award honors Lee Ann Fujii’s creative contributions to the study of political violence, including methods for doing such research. The award, funded by Routledge/Taylor & Francis, is given every other year to books, journal articles or book chapters, in recognition of the late Professor Fujii’s contributions to that area of inquiry.
The 2019 Lee Ann Fujii Award was awarded to Jana Krause (University of Amsterdam), pictured, for her book, Resilient Communities: Non-Violence and Civilian Agency in Communal War (Cambridge University Press, 2018).
The Charles Taylor Book Award
The Charles Taylor Book Award recognizes the best book in political science that employs or develops interpretive methodologies and methods. This award is named in recognition of the contributions of Charles Taylor to the advancement of interpretive thinking in the political and social sciences.
The 2020 Charles Taylor Book Award was awarded to Lisa Wedeen (University of Chicago), for Authoritarian Apprehensions: Ideology, Judgment, and Mourning in Syria (University of Chicago Press, 2019). Honorable mention in 2020 was extended to Nicholas Rush Smith (City College of New York), for Contradictions of Democracy: Vigilantism and Rights in Post-Apartheid South Africa (Oxford University Press, 2019).
For complete details regarding the award, including past winners, and how to nominate for the 2021 award please visit The Charles Taylor Book Award Page.
The Hayward R. Alker Best Student Paper Award
The Hayward R. Alker award recognizes the American Political Science Association (APSA) conference paper by a Ph.D. student that best demonstrates the uses of interpretive methodologies and methods for the study of the politics. The award is named to honor the memory of Hayward R. Alker, John A. McCone Chair in International Security at the School of International Relations, University of Southern California, and former President of the International Studies Association, who passed away on August 24, 2007.
The 2020 Hayward R. Alker Best Student Paper Award was awarded to Devon Cantwell (Ph.D. candidate, University of Utah) for “Decision 2030: An Empirical Analysis of City Climate Action Planning and Decision-Making,” presented at the 2019 meeting of the Western Political Science Association in San Diego.
For complete details regarding the award, including past winners, please visit the Alker Best Student Paper Award Page. The page includes the 2021 Award Announcement and details as to how to nominate.
The Grain of Sand Award
The Grain of Sand Award honors a political scientist whose contributions to interpretive studies of the political, and, indeed, to the discipline itself, its ideas, and its persons, have been longstanding and merit special recognition. Echoing Wislawa Szymborska’s “We call it a grain of sand,” the award underscores the centrality of meaning making in both the constitution and study of the political; drawing on William Blake’s “To see a world in a grain of sand,” the award honors the capacity of interpretive scholarship to embody and inspire imaginative theorizing, the intentional cultivation of new lines of sight through an expansion of literary and experiential resources, and the nourishing of a playfulness of mind so necessary to the vitality of social science.
The 2020 Grain of Sand Award was awarded to Hanna Fenichel Pitkin (The University of California at Berkeley, Emerita).