Centre for Advanced International Theory (CAIT)


2017 Sussex International Theory Prize

Nomination Deadline Extension to 24 April 2017

The Centre for Advanced International Theory invites nominations for the 2017 Sussex International Theory Prize for the best piece of research in International Relations published in book form in 2016.  

In 2011, the Centre for Advanced International Theory (CAIT) was established by the Department of International Relations within the School of Global Studies of the University of Sussex.  The core mission of the Centre is to support and disseminate innovative fundamental research in international theory. http://www.sussex.ac.uk/cait/

To this end, the Sussex International Theory Prize is awarded annually for the best piece of innovative theoretical research in International Relations. Last year’s Prize was awarded to Robert Vitalis for his book White World Order, Black Power Politics: The Birth of American International Relations(Cornell University Press 2015).

In the summer of 2017, the prize will be awarded for the best piece of research published in book form in 2016. 

Prize Details


  • The work should be in International Relations, broadly conceived – including sub-fields
  • The work must have been published in 2016: judged by copyright date
  • Nominations should be for books only: articles and book chapters are not eligible


  • The award is made annually on the basis of nominations by individuals, publishers and peers.
  • Nominations should take the form of a statement of less than 200 words on why the work could be considered the best piece of innovative theoretical research in International Relations from the previous year.
  • Nominators (including publishers) are limited to one submission.
  • It is the nominator’s responsibility to contact the publisher and request that five [5] hard copies (e-books not accepted) of the title be sent by the nomination deadline to:

 Centre for Advanced International Theory
 Department of International Relations
 Arts C Building, University of Sussex
 Falmer, East Sussex, BN1 9SJ

  • Nominations can be made by email submission through to 24 April 2017 to cait@sussex.ac.uk.  Book copies must also arrive by this date.
  • The recipient will be notified in June 2017.


  • The recipient will be invited to present his/her research in a Public Prize Lecture at the University of Sussex.
  • The winner receives £150 worth of books from Cambridge University Press and a two-year print and online subscription to International Theory.


A Mongrel-American Social Science: International Relations


The 2016 Sussex International Theory Prize was awarded to Robert Vitalis, White World Order, Black Power Politics: The Birth of American International Relations (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2015).


Robert Vitalis

Robert Vitalis