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Klotz to receive 2018 ENMISA Distinguished Scholar Award

ENMISA | June 11, 2017

Audie KlotzThe Ethnicity, Nationalism and Migration Studies Section of ISA (ENMISA) Distinguished Scholar Award committee, formed of Dr. Erin Jenne (Central European University), Dr. Suzanne Levi-Sanchez (Rutgers University) and Dr. Sorin Nastasia (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville), has decided after careful consideration of the nominations, to select Dr. Audie Klotz for the award.

Dr. Klotz is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Syracuse University, and an internationally recognized authority on nationalism, identity politics, and migration.

Dr. Klotz’s scholarship brilliantly connects concrete historical cases to broader socio-cultural contexts in international settings. As the nomination letter specified, Dr. Klotz’s widely cited 1995 book Norms in International Relations: The Struggle Against Apartheid (Cornell University Press) is one of the few books in International Relations to have looked explicitly at issues of race, ethnicity and national identity, connecting the case of apartheid in South Africa with larger questions about global change. Professor Klotz’s 2013 book Migration and National Identity in South Africa, 1860-2010 (Cambridge University Press) is a major contribution to understanding the history of migration in South Africa and connecting it with larger structural issues such as the relationship between the mobility of people and forms of colonial rule, as well as the transition from empire to statehood and its effect on migration regimes and norms.

Dr. Klotz is also one of the key scholars in International Relations to have proposed a constructivist theoretical framework and a qualitative research methods approach to the field, through Strategies for Research in Constructivist International Relations (with Cecelia Lynch, M. E. Sharpe, 2007) and Qualitative Methods in International Relations (ed., with Deepa Prakash, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

Moreover, Dr. Klotz has mentored numerous Master’s and doctoral students, and has inspired a new generation of scholars, and for such pursuits she has recently received the International Studies Association’s J. Ann Tickner Award for innovative scholarship and exceptional mentoring.

Dr. Klotz has also established herself as a leader of the International Studies Association, serving as Vice President Elect, 2016-2017, Vice President, 2017-2018, and also on the Global South Task Force, 2017-2018. Dr. Klotz has also offered expertise in the public interest by advising international human rights organizations, policymakers, and reform-minded governments on problems of global migration, conflict resolution, multiculturalism, displacement and refugees.

In selecting Dr. Klotz for the Distinguished Scholar Award, the committee recognizes her strong impact in International Relations not only due to her expertise and innovation in the field but also because of mentoring and inspiring new scholarship in international settings, from North America to Australia to Africa.