Honors & Awards

Helen Kinsella, a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, won the American Political Science Association's 2004 Helen Dwight Reid Award for the best doctoral dissertation in international relations, law and politics. Kinsella received the award at the association's annual meeting Sept. 2-5 in Chicago. Her dissertation, The Image Before the Weapon: A Genealogy of the "Civilian" in International Law and Politics, examines the ways in which Western societies have distinguished civilians from combatants during key periods of armed conflict from the 11th to 20th centuries. One of Kinsella's important findings, as the award committee noted, is "that the laws of war have, from their very origin, served as much to justify war—to make it morally possible, and even to claim the moral high ground for one's side—as to limit it." Kinsella concluded her dissertation with a discussion of its relevance to recent U.S. actions and rhetoric toward Iraq.

Peter Stansky, the Frances and Charles Field Professor of History, has been named a Couper Scholar. The new program, which will run during the current academic year, was established by the Phi Beta Kappa Society to sponsor visits by American scholars to selected colleges and universities. It is named for Richard W. Couper, a former president of the New York Public Library, who was instrumental in helping the honor society obtain the $100,000 grant. The program supports scholars who will visit campuses for two or three days to deliver a lecture, hold informal discussions with students and faculty members, and meet with the dean of liberal arts and sciences. Stansky is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Historical Society.