Former Mershon Center affiliate Ted Hopf has won the Marshall Shulman Book Prize for Reconstructing the Cold War: The Early Years, 1945-1958 (Oxford University Press, 2012).

The prize is awarded annually by the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies for an outstanding monograph dealing with the international relations, foreign policy, or foreign-policy decision-making of any of the states of the former Soviet Union or Eastern Europe. It is dedicated to the encouragement of high quality studies of the international behavior of the countries of the former Communist Bloc.

The Shulman Prize, sponsored by the Harriman Institute of Columbus University, carries a cash award and will be presented at the association's annual convention in November.

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.

Besides Reconstructing the Cold War, he is author of or editor of five books including Social Construction of International Politics: Identities and Foreign Policies, Moscow, 1955 and 1999 (Cornell University Press, 2002), which won the 2003 Shulman Award.

Hopf is now a professor of political science at National University of Singapore. The Mershon Center supported his research for this project when he was at The Ohio State University.

Reconstructing the Cold War also won this year's Robert L. Jervis and Paul W. Schroeder Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association, recognizing outstanding contributions to the study of international relations and history.