ASU School of Politics and Global Studies director receives ISA award


Matt Oxford

Cameron G. Thies, director of Arizona State University's School of Politics and Global Studies, has received the 2017 Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Studies Association (ISA). This award honors those who have an exceptional record of scholarship and a distinguished record of service to the ISA, including its Midwest Region.

Thies is the author or editor of four books and nearly seventy peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. His work focuses on interstate conflict, foreign policy analysis, and international political economy with specific applications to the developing world. He has been involved in the International Studies Association since attending his first conference as a graduate student in 1998. 

Since then he has served in a variety of capacities, including as program chair and president of the ISA-Midwest, program chair and then president of the Foreign Policy Analysis section, and vice president of the ISA. He is currently nominated to become the next president of the ISA in 2019. He has also previously been honored with the association’s Ladd Hollist Service Award and the Distinguished Scholar Award of the Foreign Policy Analysis section.

Thies received the Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar Award at the annual meeting of the ISA-Midwest in St. Louis, Nov. 17–18.  He was the guest of honor and invited speaker at the Quincy Wright Award Luncheon.

Quincy Wright, the award's namesake, was a pioneer in the study of international relations and international law. Wright served on the faculty at the University of Chicago from 1923–1956 and helped to found the first graduate program in international relations in the U.S. He is particularly remembered for his early quantitative work on interstate war, including his seminal book, "A Study of War" (1942).