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 2019 Charles Taylor Book Award was awarded to Matthew Longo (Leiden University), pictured, for his book, The Politics of Borders: Sovereignty, Security, and the Citizen after 9/11 (Cambridge University Press, 2018).
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 2019 Hayward R. Alker Best Student Paper Award was awarded to Zainab Alam (Ph.D. candidate, Rutgers University, New Brunswick), pictured, for her paper, “Do-it-Yourself Activism in Pakistan: The Fatal Celebrity of Qandeel Baloch” (since published in Perspectives on Politics).
For complete details regarding the award, including past winners, please visit the Alker Best Student Paper Award Page. The page includes the 2020 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.