Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award

The ILA is pleased to partner with the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond on the Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award.

This award is given annually to a scholar whose doctoral dissertation research, while on any topic and from any discipline, demonstrates substantial insights and implications for the study of leadership. The award was established to honor and celebrate the life of Dr. Fredric M. Jablin (1952-2004), Leadership Studies Professor and E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Chair at the University of Richmond.

2023 call for submissions and applications coming soon!

Submission Deadline: 15 June 2024

2024 Call For Submissions and Application

The Jablin Award will be presented at ILA’s 26th Global Conference, 7-10 November in Chicago. The recipient will be honored during an award ceremony and given time during a concurrent session to present their dissertation research. 

The recipient of the award will also receive the following:

  • 1,000 cash prize
  • One-year membership to the ILA
  • Conference registration
  • Travel expenses to the conference


  • This competition is open to any individual who successfully defended their doctoral dissertation within the last two years, including the 2022-23 and 2023-24 academic years.
  • Submissions can be on any topic and from any discipline, as long as they demonstrate substantial insights and implications for the study of leadership.

Submission Instructions

Interested parties should:

1. Complete the online application.

2. Then, email the following 4 items as separate PDFs to

  1. a letter of interest
  2. a three- to five-page abstract of a substantive dissertation chapter (specifically, the chapter that best represents the author’s dissertation)
  3. a brief biography
  4. verification of when they received their Ph.D. (e.g., a transcript or letter from the dissertation advisor will suffice)

Note: Please DO NOT send the dissertation. The award committee will contact the finalists by the end of June to request a full dissertation chapter.

Please DO NOT send the dissertation. The award committee will contact the finalists by the end of June to request a full dissertation chapter.

The Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond is the nation’s first undergraduate school of leadership studies. It endeavors to further scholarship and educate students and others for and about leadership through curricula, events, and programs. The International Leadership Association is the global network for all those who practice, study, and teach leadership. Founded in 1999, the ILA promotes a deeper understanding of leadership knowledge and practices for the greater good of individuals and communities worldwide.

Past Winners of the Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award


Michael Goldfien

Michael Goldfien

Essays on Leadership, Domestic Politics, and Diplomacy


Kunkanit Sutamchai

Kunkanit Sutamchai

The influence of mindfulness on ethical leadership: A study of Buddhist mindfulness practices among organizational leaders in Thailand


Michael Promisel

Michael Promisel

Paragons of Prudence: Political Leadership in Classical Political Thought


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Philip O’Donnell

Entrepreneurship, Identity, and their Overlap in the Slum: An Ethnographic Study of the Mukuru Slum in Nairobi, Kenya


2019 Jablin Award Winner Catherine M. Faherty
Catherine M. Faherty

Bound by Blood in the Family Firm? Examining the Effects of Trusting and Feeling Trusted in the Family Firm Top Management Team


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Nicole Capriel Ferry,

There’s a Leader in You! A Critical Mapping of Leadership Discourse in the American University


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Uzay Dural

Exposure-Induced Malleability of Implicit Prejudice toward Female Leadership: A Quasi-Experiment Following Municipality Elections


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G. James Lemoine

Closing the Leadership Circle: Building and Testing a Contingent Theory of Servant Leadership


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Danielle L. Lupton

Leaders, Perceptions, and Reputations for Resolve


2014 Jablin Award Winner Suze Wilson

Suze Wilson

Thinking Differently About Leadership: A Critical History of the Form and Formation of Leadership Studies


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Ethan Bernstein

Does Privacy Make Groups Productive?


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Jack Barentsen

Emerging Leadership in the Pauline Mission: A Social Identity Perspective on Local Leadership Development in Corinth and Ephesus

Mark A. Menaldo
Putting Statesmanship Back Into Statecraft: The Role of Transformative Ambition in International Relations

YoungHee (Sylvia) Hur
Optimizing Managerial Effectiveness Through Emotional Intelligence

Kathie Pelletier
The Effects of Favored Status and Identification with Victim on Perceptions of and Reactions to Leader Toxicity

Rita Palrecha
The Transformational Leader Model, the Nurturant-Task Leader Model, and the Unique Local Leadership Model: A Quantitative and Qualitative Competitive Test of Three Leadership Models in India

2008 Runner Up
Manuel (Manny) Teodoro
Bureaucratic Ambition: Professional Careers, Personal Motives and Policy Innovation

Steve Olson
The Ethics of Leadership: Construction of an Analytical Framework, with Application to Ken Blanchard’s Theories of Situational and Servant Leadership

2007 Honorable Mention
Richard D. Berry
Discovering the Missing Link of Emotion in Leadership: A Case Study of Affect Valence and Emerging Leadership

2007 Honorable Mention
Frederic J.A. Damen
Taking the Lead: The Role of Affect in Leadership Effectiveness

D. Michael Lindsay
Faith in the Corridors of Power

Ross J. Corbett
Locke and the Problem of Crisis Leadership

2005 Honorable Mention
Marie Dasborough
Follower Emotional Responses to Attributions of Leadership

2005 Honorable Mention
Suzanne Stigler Martin
Toward a Theory of Invisible Leadership

Benjamin Kleinerman
The Place of Executive Power in the American Constitutional Republic

Christelle LaPolice
Leader Behaviors, Employee Attitudes, and Organizational Characteristics as Moderators

Felicia Mainella
The Role of Moral Reasoning in Transformation Leadership: The Relationship Between College Student Leaders’ Self-Perceived Leadership Behaviors and Level of Moral Reasoning

Joseph Crespino
Strategic Accommodation: Civil Rights Opponents in Mississippi and Their Impact on America Racial Politics, 1953-1972

Toby Vitek
Leadership Behavior and Managerial Success: A Test of Three Theories

Albert H. Fein
There and Back Again: A Phenomenological Inquiry of School Shootings as Experienced by School Leaders

Rebecca Todd Peters
In Search of the Good Life: A Feminist Critical Theo-Ethical Reading of the Globalization Debates

Andrea Grove
Leadership and Nationalist Mobilization: Investigating the Linkage Between Strategies and Context

Rita Tekippe
Procession, Piety, and Politics: Three Medieval Rheno-Mosan Reliquary Shrines and the Cult Communities for Bishop-Saints Servatius of Maastricht, Eleutherius of Tournai, and Remaclus of Stavelot

Matthew Trachman
Rethinking Leadership: Presidential Leadership and the ‘Spirit of the Game’ of Democracy

Olga Epitropaki
From Ideal Leaders to Actual Managers: A Longitudinal Investigation of Implicit Leadership Theories, Leader-Member Exchanges, Transformational Leadership and Employee Outcomes

Andrew Lewis
Wandering in Two Worlds: Race, Citizenship, and Education in Virginia Since 1945

Brian Palmer
Wolves at the Door: Existential Solidarity in a Globalizing Sweden