Furniss Book Award


The Edgar S. Furniss Book Award commemorates the founding director of the Mershon Center and is given annually to an author whose first book makes an exceptional contribution to the study of national and international security. The award will consider any work that makes a theoretical and policy impact on our understanding any of the following themes:

  • The use of force and diplomacy 
  • The ideas, identities, and decisional processes that affect security 
  • The institutions that manage violent conflicts.

The winning author receives a cash award and is invited to address the Mershon Center community. Previous winners of the Furniss Book Award include Aaron Friedberg, John Mearsheimer, and Stephen Walt.

See a list of previous winners

Nominations for the Furniss Book Award are accepted  each year for books copyrighted in the previous year. For example, to nominate books for the 2020 Furniss Book Award, each nominated book must be copyrighted in 2020 and received no later than April 30, 2021.

Edited volumes are not eligible, nor are books by current Mershon Center affiliates due to conflict of interest. We accept submissions from authors and publishers.  Please send four copies of each nominated book to:

Kelly Whitaker
Public Relations Coordinator
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
1501 Neil Avenue 
Columbus, OH 43201

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Whitaker at whitaker.285@osu.edu or (614) 292-7640.