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Graduate Student Paper Prize

The recipient will receive a certificate at the section meeting during the 2022 ISA Annual Convention.

Recent recipients include:

Tanya Schwarz, Gina Giliberti, Moria Bar Maoz, Basileus Zeno, Matthew Isaac, and Jason Klocek.

Graduate Student Paper Award Application

A short nomination note, abstract, and an electronic copy of the paper should be sent via email by August 30, 2021 to the committee chair, A. Erdi Öztürk (

Committee members are Prof. Anita Weiss and Dr. Nora Fisher-Onar.

Self-nominations are welcome.

Our section has a website ( If you haven’t been there already, please go check it out. We are building it out as a resource for members and as a tool for keeping the study religion and international relations current and relevant.


As a section, we are committed to advancing scholarly dialogue about religion and IR, particularly the voices of our members. To support this, we are opening two types of opportunities to our members: blogs and news, as well as asking for your help to build this resource.



The REL website is a great place to post news about your new book, published article, promotion or job change. This perk for active REL members can contribute to your digital presence, an important aid in the dissemination of your research. Send your news to

Religion Section Newsletter - January 2021

Welcome to the January 2021 issue of the REL newsletter. A belated happy new year to you all. As you know the ISA 2021 conference will be a virtual event. REL is sponsoring many interesting panels and other events at the conference – details at the end of this newsletter - and I hope you’ll be enthused by them and participate.

More generally, REL is expanding its activities and in addition to the well-established Facebook (FB) page – which has around 450 members – REL also has a Twitter page and an active and comprehensive website, with many interesting and useful features. We hope you like what REL offers and will use the FB and Twitter pages, as well as the website, to keep abreast of developments in the section and the wider world of religion and IR. I hope to see many of you at the 2021 conference.

Jeff Haynes, chair, REL

Note from our Chair

Annual Conference News

Register for the Annual ISA Conference by February 1! If you are a presenter at ISA’s Annual Conference (April 6-9, 2021) remember to register (and pay your fee) by February 1, 2021. Presenters who don’t register by that deadline will be removed from the program.

Remember also to renew your membership in the Religion and IR section! The number of panels we can sponsor at the Annual Conference is related to the number of active members in our section, so don’t forget REL when you renew!

REL Sponsored Panels at ISA


Plan your ISA participation around our 24 sponsored panels. For your convenience, we’ve included a list of all our sponsored panels on this page


For more detail on each panel, check the

conference program on the ISA website.



The REL section has an active blog on our website:


The opportunity to author a blog post is now open to our members. If you’ve got something you want to “put out there” and it’s too long for a Tweet, the Religion and IR blog could be a great vehicle for your voice. Optimal length for our blogs is 1,000-2,500 words.


If you are interested in posting a blog, send your blog idea to Depending on demand, we may develop a schedule of blogs out into the future.

Contribute to Resources


We’d like to develop the Jobs and Fellowships section of our website as a resource to members, but we need your help.

  • Is your department hiring?
  • Have you heard of a great fellowship?
  • Have you seen a non-academic job that would be appropriate for some of our members?


Send information on any of these (or at least a link) to: The more opportunities we post, the more opportunities we’ll attract, and the better the resource becomes for you, our members.

Call for Nominations for Best Graduate Student Paper

The Graduate Student Paper Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the broadly defined field of Religion and International Relations. It recognizes promising young scholars from a broad scope of disciplines and topics. For the best graduate student paper on Religion and IR, the recipient receives an Award Certificate at the REL section meeting during the ISA Annual Convention. Nominations are open for all graduate student members of ISA who had a paper selected for presentation on a panel sponsored or co-sponsored by Religion and IR at the 2021 Annual Conference.

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

1. The Recipient must be a current student member of ISA and a graduate student on the paper presentation date. For multi-authored submissions, all contributors must be graduate students on the date the paper was to be presented.

2. The paper must have been selected for presentation at the 2021 ISA Annual Convention.

3. The subject matter of the paper must fall into the broadly defined category of Religion and IR. 

4. Nominees must be REL section members.

Opportunities on the REL website for Members

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