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Political science professor wins top international relations book prize

18 June 2013

Prof Hopf has been presented the Robert L. Jervis and Paul W. Schroeder Best Book Award by the APSA for his outstanding book on international history and politics Reconstructing the Cold War: The Early Years, 1945-1958

An NUS professor has won one of the top awards for a book on international relations in the world, joining the ranks of distinguished recipients from leading universities in the field of political science.

Professor Ted Hopf from the University's Department of Political Science received the Robert L. Jervis and Paul W. Schroeder Best Book Award for his book Reconstructing the Cold War: The Early Years, 1945-1958. Given by the American Political Science Association (APSA), the Jervis-Schroeder Award recognises outstanding contributions to the study of international history and politics.

The feat was noteworthy considering the exceptionally large number of 75 strong nominations submitted for the 2013 award. The judges unanimously selected Reconstructing the Cold War, noting: "The committee is especially impressed by Hopf's deep knowledge of time and place, thoughtful employment of cultural analysis, and extensive use of archives and primary materials. A consequence of this deep cultural and historical reading is that Hopf is able to speak to the specifics of Soviet history at this moment, and use that moment to speak to broader debates in international relations theory."

Prof Hopf's main fields of interest are international relations theory, qualitative research methods and identity, with special reference to the Soviet Union and the former Soviet space. He is the author or editor of five books, including Social Construction of International Politics: Identities and Foreign Policies, Moscow, 1955 and 1999, which won the 2003 Marshall D. Shulman Award presented by the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.