Dissertation Award

Congratulations to 2023 Dissertation Award Winner Rob Grace PhD, Brown University. The title of Rob Grace’s dissertation: The Promise and Tragedy of Humanitarianism: How Aid Workers Negotiate the Politics of International Emergency Relief.

    The ACUNS Dissertation Award recognizes graduate students of extraordinary potential who have successfully defended a doctoral dissertation on a topic of direct and demonstrable relevance to the United Nations and/or the UN system. The award is bestowed annually with the winner announced in advance of the ACUNS Annual Meeting in June. The winner(s) of the Award obtain a prize of (up to) $500 USD. Award winners are invited to submit an article drawing on their dissertation to the ACUNS journal, Global Governance. Past winners of the award are recognized below on this webpage.

    Details regarding eligibility and requirements for the 2023 Dissertation Award are provided below.

    Due to the large number of applications received, ACUNS cannot provide information regarding the evaluation of any individual application or return submitted materials. For questions, please contact the ACUNS Administrative Coordinator by email at admin@acuns.org.

    2023 Award Eligibility and Requirements

    Past Award Winners

    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