I apologize for my radio silence on the OIAS awards since we announced the finalists. The winners are being selected by a panel of judges for each award. Each panel is composed of staff from the Duck of Minerva and “outside experts.” The latter have PhDs in political science and are “blog savvy,” meaning that they either maintain blogs and/or are long-term consumers of academic blogs. Each judge is providing a “top two” ranking directly to me. I will tally the outcome using a basic Borda-count procedure.

As detailed in previous posts:

[W]e will announce winners at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association (ISA). The award ceremony will take place during the first-ever International Studies Blogging reception–which will occur on Thursday April 4th from 7.30-8.30pm. The reception, which is sponsored by SAGE, will feature 4-5 minute “spoken blogpost” presentations. The current lineup includes Erica ChenowethDan DreznerRob FarleyMarc Lynch, and Steve Walt. We hope that ISA participants will join us, and note that the OAIS awards are in no way, shape, or form affiliated with the ISA.

Thanks again to SAGE for making this possible. Also, if anyone has a recommendation for a reasonably priced outlet that will provide wood-block bases for trophies, please let me know.

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