Dissertation Award

Congratulations to the 2024 Dissertation Award Winners

University of Zurich
Searching for Themes in a Chamber full of Noise? How Language Affects United Nations’ Actions and Decisions.

REBECCA YEMO | United States
University of Massachusetts Boston
Advancing Women’s Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Role of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review

For your reference, here are the 2024 Award Eligibility and Requirements

Past Award Winners

2023: Rob Grace
Brown University | United States
The Promise and Tragedy of Humanitarianism: How Aid Workers Negotiate the Politics of International Emergency Relief. 

2022: Anine Hagemann
University of Copenhagen | Denmark
Inventing Protection: The birth of the United Nations protection of civilians sites in South Sudan


2022: Jenna Russo
City University of New York (CUNY) | United States
Protecting Peace? Analyzing the Relationship Between the Protection of Civilians and Peace in UN Peacekeeping Settings

2021: Hannah Birkenkötter
Humboldt University of Berlin | Germany
A Concept at the Very Heart of the Organization’s Mission: Unpacking the Rule of Law in the United Nations

Honorable Mentions:
Sam Onapa | University of New England | United States | Dealing with Estranged Political Relationships: A Prerequisite for Sustainable Peace in South Sudan

Laura Peitz | Hertie School of Governance | Germany | Dual Nature of Multilateral Development Banks: Balancing Development and Financial Logics

Emma Saint | London School of Economics and Political Science | United Kingdom | Empowering Resistance: Revisionist States and the Underlying Dynamics of Norm Diffusion

2020: Eric Tanguay
Wilfrid Laurier University | Canada
Navigating Pathways for Peace in Hybrid Political Contexts: Examining Ghana’s Infrastructure for Peace

2019: Catriona Standfield
Syracuse University | United States
Gender and Legitimacy in United Nations Mediation

2018: Dorottya Mendly
Corvinus University of Budapest | Hungary
Constructing Agency: The UN in a Global Governmentality

2017: Gabriella Lloyd
The Ohio State University | United States
Mandating (In) Security? How UN Missions Endanger the Civilians They Intend to Protect

2016: Gabriela Bueno
University of Massachusetts: Boston | United States
The Institutional Landscape of International Forest Protection: Understanding Institutional Complexity in International Forest Governance

2015: Dahlia Simangan
The Australian National University | Australia
The Responsibility to Rebuild: Exploring the Future of UN’s Approach to Post-Conflict Peacebuilding

2014: Anjali Dayal
Georgetown University | United States
War, Repetition, Reputation: Peacekeeping and Links between Civil Wars

2013: Elodie Convergne
Sciences Po Paris | France and Visiting Scholar at Columbia University | United States
UN Special Envoy Mediation in Civil Wars: Polysemic Peace, Flexible Diplomacy, and Emancipation of the Secretariat

2012: Gabriel Cardona-Fox
The University of Texas at Austin | United States
When Soft Law Makes a Difference: A Global Study of Compliance with the International Regime to Protect Internally Displaced Persons

2011: Herman Salton
University of Wales: Aberystwyth | United Kingdom and Visiting Research Fellow at the City University of New York | United States
Dangerous Diplomacy: Anatomy of the UN Failure in Rwanda

2010: Carlotta Minnella
University of Oxford | United Kingdom
Delegitimizing Violence: The Cultural Sources of National Security and Counter-Terrorism Policies after September 11

2009: Megan Bradley
University of Oxford | United Kingdom
Just Return: Redress for Refugees and the Responsibilities of States

2008: Kelly Levin
Yale School of Forestry and Environment Studies | United States
Protecting Biodiversity in a Changing Climate: The Role of Science in Adaptation Policy

2007: Monika Krause
New York University | United States
The Logic of Relief: Humanitarian NGOs and Global Governance

2006: Christopher Blattman
University of California: Berkeley | United States
War Affected Youth in Northern Uganda

2005: NO AWARD

2004: Maria Ivanova
Yale University | United States
The Story of Stockholm, Explaining Global Environmental Governance

2003: Arturo Sotomayor 
Columbia University | United States
Diversion Peace in South America: From Praetorianism to Peacekeeping?

2002: Gláucia Yoshiura Boyer
The Graduate Institute of International Studies | Switzerland
Recovering States from Disintegration: An Emerging International Cooperation Framework

2001: Sarah K. Kischer
Massachusetts Institute of Technology | United States
Refugees and the Spread of Civil War

2000: John Cockell
London School of Economics and Political Science | United Kingdom
Managing Self-Determination in Ethnic Conflict: International Society and the Kosovo Crisis


2000: Ralph Wilde
Trinity College, Cambridge University | United Kingdom
The Administration of Territory by International Organisations in International Law

1999: Stephen Brown
New York University | United States
Donors and Democratization in Africa: Foreign Aid and Political Reform in Kenya and Malawi


1999: Lisa Gelman
University of Pennsylvania | United States
Talking Politics: The Role of Conference   Diplomacy and Non-State Actors in the Global Regime Process

1998: Sam Daws
Oxford University | United Kingdom 
UN Security Council Reform: Negotiations on the Composition and Voting Procedure of the UN Security Council since 1944


1998: Roland Paris
Yale University | United States
Consolidating Peace in War Shattered States: The Limits of Liberal Institutionalism

1997: Bruce D. Jones
London School of Economics and Political Science | United Kingdom
A Contingency Model of Third-Party Intervention in Civil Conflict: UN and NGO Intervention in Rwanda, 1990-95


1997: Andrei Maximenko
University of South Carolina | United States
Managing Organizational Change for Promoting  Human Security: Organizational learn and Institutional Reform in the UN

1996: Tamar Gutner
Massachusetts Institute of Technology | United States
Banking on the Environment: Multilateral Development Banks and their Environmental Performance in Central and Eastern Europe

1995: Brad Roth
University of California: Berkeley | United States
Government Illegitimacy in International Law: An Emerging Norm in Theoretical Perspectives