The International Communication Section (ICOMM)

of the International Studies Association

Distinguished Scholar Award

The International Communication Distinguished Scholar Award is presented on an annual basis at the International Studies Association Annual Meeting to a scholar whose work has made a substantial impact in the area of International Communication in the context of international studies. Please submit your nominations for the 2018 Award no later than June 10, 2017.


Award Criteria and Nomination Process

Selection Criteria

  • The award is open to both Members and Non-Members of ISA. However, any Non-Member recipient must join the Association to receive the award.
  • Special consideration will be given to scholars with a history of service to the International Communication Section and ISA.
  • Scholars who have previously received this award are not eligible for nomination.
  • The winner is selected annually by the ICOMM Executive Committee from the pool of candidates nominated by ICOMM section members.

Nomination Process

  • Self-nominations are not accepted.
  • Nominations must be made my members of the International Communication Section of ISA.
  • To nominate a recipient, the nominating party is asked to write a letter outlining the contributions the scholar has made to the study of International Communication in the context of international studies.
  • Please send your nomination letter to the section chair, Amelia Arsenault (aarsenault [AT] gsu.edu).
  • The deadline for nominations for the 2018 Award to be presented in San Francisco  is June 10, 2017

2017 ISA ICOMM Distinguished Scholar

GetImage.jpegThe 2017 Distinguished Scholar Award winner, selected through a vote of the Executive Committee, is Laura Roselle, Professor of Political Science and Policy Studies at Elon University, in recognition of her significant contributions to the field of International Communication research and to the ISA. Professor Roselle will be honored at the ICOMM Distinguished Scholar Panel for her exceptional academic record in groundbreaking work on strategic narratives, in the best tradition of combining communication and International Relations scholarship. Her work has raised the visibility of the International communication field. She has also demonstrated significant service, through her editorship of the journal Media, War and Conflict, and as an editor of the Routledge book series “Global Information, Politics, and Society.” Professor Roselle will also be recognized at the ICOMM Section Reception and Business Meeting.


2016 ISA ICOMM Distinguished Scholar

robert-entman_humboldtpub_2011-3585_460x2001Robert Entman, J.B. and M.C. Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs and Professor of International Affairs at The George Washington University, was selected as the 2016 ICOMM Distinguished Scholar for his important contributions to the field of international communication within an international studies context. From his foundational work on framing, which is widely cited in the field and beyond, to his Cascading Activation Model in Projections of Power, Entman’s contribution to the theory and study of international communication has been exceptional.

His newest book is Scandal and Silence: Media Responses to Presidential Misconduct (Polity, 2012). Entman’s Projections of Power: Framing News, Public Opinion and US Foreign Policy (University of Chicago, 2004) won the 2011 Graber Award for Outstanding Book from the Political Communication Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). He is working on a new book tentatively entitled Media Biases. His other books include Mediated Politics: Communication in the Future of Democracy (2001, edited with Lance Bennett); The Black Image in the White Mind: Media and Race in America (2000, with Andrew Rojecki), which won Harvard’s Goldsmith Book Prize, the Lane Award from the American Political Science Association, and other awards; Democracy Without Citizens: Media and the Decay of American Politics (1989); and Media Power Politics (1981, with David Paletz). He has also published dozens of journal articles, reports, and book chapters in such fields as political communication, public opinion, race relations, and public policy.

He is the recipient of a number of awards recognizing his lifetime contributions including the Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany, which is “granted in recognition of a researcher’s entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline…”, the University of Texas’ 2011 Danielson Award for Distinguished Contributions to Communication Scholarship; the Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Communication Association; and the Murray Edelman Distinguished Career Achievement Award from the APSA’s Political Communication Section.


Previous Recipients

  • 2015 – Monroe E. Price, Joseph and Sadie Danciger Professor of Law and Director of the Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media and Society at the Cardozo School of Law, University of Pennsylvania.
  • 2014 – Daya Thussu, Professor of International Communication and Co-Director of India Media Centre, University of Westminster, UK.
  • 2012 – Manuel Castells, University Professor and the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles
  • 2010 – Philip Seib, Professor of Journalism and Public Diplomacy and Professor of International Relations, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles
  • 2009 – Ernest Wilson, Walter Annenberg Chair in Communication and Dean, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles
  • 2008 – Elizabeth Hanson, Professor Emerita, Department of Political Science, University of Connecticut
  • 2002 – Hamid Mowlana, Professor Emeritus of International relations at the School of International Services, American University, Washington, D.C
  • 2001 – Todd Gitlin, Professor and Chair, Columbia School of Journalism

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