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Congratulations to the 2017 recipient of the Peace Dissertation Prize, Tanya B. Schwarz of University of California, Irvine for her dissertation “Instruments of the Divine? Faith-Based Organizations in International Politics.”

The annual Peace Dissertation Prize honors an outstanding dissertation on the analysis of violent conflict, conflict resolution, peacemaking, or peacebuilding and come with a $1000 cash award. The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) created the prize in conjunction with the International Studies Association (ISA) and announced it at the ISA’s 2015 Annual Meeting in New Orleans to celebrate USIP’s 30th anniversary.

To be considered for this prize a dissertation must be completed at a U.S. graduate institution in the previous academic year (June to May) and nominated by the head of the department in which the dissertation has been accepted. Each department may nominate no more than one dissertation.

Nominations are due in December or January and the award is announced and presented at the annual ISA meeting, usually held in March or February.

To apply, submissions should be sent to and must include:

  • Nomination letter from department head;
  • Prize candidate’s curriculum vitae (including contact information); and
  • Dissertation

Past Dissertation Prize Recipients

Tanya B. Schwarz (2017), University of California, Irvine
“Instruments of the Divine? Faith-Based Organizations in International Politics”

Inken von Borzyskowski (2016), University of Wisconsin
“A Double-Edged Sword: International Influences on Election Violence”