Martha Crenshaw Is First Woman to Receive ISSS Distinguished Scholar Award


Martha Crenshaw
Martha Crenshaw addresses the CISAC Honors graduating class of 2015 at Stanford in June 2015.
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Rod Searcey

The International Studies Association is proud to announce that Martha Crenshaw, Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Professor of Political Science (by courtesy) at Stanford University has been named the 2016 recipient of the International Security Studies Section (ISSS) Distinguished Scholar Award.

Professor Crenshaw is renowned for her work on political terrorism, as one of the first scholars to have approached terrorism as a serious subject of academic inquiry.  Her steady stream of high quality publications – including two books, five edited volumes, and numerous articles – have garnered global respect and attention.  Her work has been funded by such prestigious organizations as the Ford Foundation, Pew, Guggenheim, the National Science Foundation, and the Minerva Initiative.  Dr. Crenshaw has testified before Congress, weighed in on important national policy debates and served on boards and committees in multiple fields.  She was a member of the Committee on Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture of the National Academies of Science and serves on the editorial boards of International Security, Political Psychology, Security Studies, Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict, and Terrorism and Political Violence.  She previously served as the President and Councilor of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) and a member of the executive board of Women in International Security.

Dr. Crenshaw taught for many years at Wesleyan, where she was awarded for her teaching excellence.  Many junior scholars have benefited enormously from her generous mentoring and advice, while her career has served as a model to many more scholars in the field.  Through her research, policy work, service, teaching, and mentoring, Professor Crenshaw has indelibly shaped the International Security field.  We hope that you will join us in celebrating her accomplishments at the ISSS panel and reception that will be held in her honor at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association in March 2016, in Atlanta.

In related news, Crenshaw was also elected on July 16, 2015 to the prestigious British Academy – the U.K.’s national academy for the humanities and Social Sciences – as one of 20 new Corresponding Fellows from overseas universities.

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