Perry World House Perry World House and Foreign Affairs Announce Winners of 2022 Emerging Scholars Policy Prize

September 7, 2022
By Perry World House and Foreign Affairs

Perry World House, the University of Pennsylvania’s hub for global affairs, and Foreign Affairs, the preeminent outlet for analysis and debate of foreign policy, economics, and global affairs, have awarded the 2022 Emerging Scholars Policy Prize to Sharan Grewal of the College of William & Mary and to co-authors Isaac B. Kardon and Wendy Leutert, of the U.S. Naval War College and Indiana University Bloomington, respectively.

This annual competition is an opportunity for early-career scholars to turn their original academic research on a pressing global policy issue into an outstanding essay that makes their ideas more accessible to policymakers and a broader public.

“Since 2019, our partnership with Foreign Affairs has been a critical element of our support for scholars across the globe,” said LaShawn R. Jefferson, senior executive director of Perry World House. “Amid many excellent entries for this year’s prize, our winners stood out for the incisive and insightful ways they examined issues surrounding two of the biggest players in global affairs: the United States’ often complex relationships with foreign militaries, and China’s growing investment in critical port infrastructure.”

Each winning entry will receive an award of $10,000 from Perry World House to advance the authors' research and its impact on policy. Foreign Affairs will publish the essays in the coming months. This year’s winning essays are:

  • “Does US Training Politicize Foreign Militaries?” by Sharan Grewal, assistant professor of government, College of William & Mary; nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution; and nonresident senior fellow at the Project on Middle East Democracy
  • “Making Waves: China’s Global Port Power” by Isaac B. Kardon, assistant professor in the China Maritime Studies Institute, U.S. Naval War College; and Wendy Leutert, assistant professor in the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies and GLP-Ming Z. Mei Chair of Chinese Economics and Trade, Indiana University Bloomington

"We look forward to sharing the exceptional work of this year’s prize winners with the readers of Foreign Affairs,” said Daniel Kurtz-Phelan, editor of Foreign Affairs. “We are grateful to have had the chance to read original and ambitious writing by the many scholars whose submissions offered fresh insight into the world’s challenges.”

Perry World House and Foreign Affairs have partnered on the Emerging Scholars Policy Prize since fall 2019. As the prize aims to highlight new voices with fresh insights into global issues, it welcomes entries from scholars in the early stages of their careers, working in any academic discipline.

Last year’s winners were Kelsey P. Norman, fellow for the Middle East and director of the Women’s Rights Program at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University and Jacquelyn Schneider, fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Norman’s piece was published as “Rich Countries Cannot Outsource Their Migration Dilemmas” in Foreign Affairs’ January/February 2022 issue. Schneider’s piece is forthcoming.

Learn more about past winners of the prize.