Jessica Weeks wins award for work on war and authoritarian regimes

The honor recognizes the political science scholar’s contribution to the study of international relations.

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Jessica L. P. Weeks, an expert on comparative foreign policy, the causes of war and international security, is the 2018 winner of the Karl Deutsch Award. The prestigious award from the International Studies Association recognizes the scholar under the age of 40 who has made the most significant contribution, through a body of publications, to the study of international relations and peace research.

Weeks, an associate professor and Trice Faculty Scholar in the Department of Political Science, focuses her research and teaching on the domestic politics of foreign policy, the domestic and international politics of authoritarian regimes and public opinion about foreign policy.

Weeks earned a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University in 2009, and prior to joining the UW-Madison faculty in 2013, she was an assistant professor of government at Cornell University.

Her research has appeared in journals including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, International Organization and World Politics. Her book, Dictators at War and Peace, explores the domestic politics of international conflict in dictatorships, and was selected by Foreign Affairs as one of the best books in international relations in 2014.

The Karl Deutsch Award was established in 1981 to recognize scholars in international relations under the age of 40 or within 10 years of defending their dissertation. Deutsch was one of the leading political scientists of the 20th century, renowned for his work in international relations.