The Interdisciplinary Social Sciences International Award for Excellence

The Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Journal Collection offers an annual award for newly published research or thinking that has been recognized to be outstanding by members of the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Research Network.

Award Winners for Volume 14

The Psychology of Political Communication in Social Media: Using Social Media to be Global and Autonomous

This is an interdisciplinary study of political science, psychology, and communication that examines the intersection of how social media are used to communicate political views and content. Social media provide an opportunity for users to become increasingly civic minded and engaged. This article examines self-determination theory in how political messages are shared on social media. Social media users were surveyed to determine their political affiliation and social media involvement. Participants also completed a basic psychological needs scale. Results showed that participants with higher levels of autonomy more frequently shared political content. While social media create a global community, most social media users share content relating to local, state, or national issues as opposed to global issues. Political affiliation differences as well as gender, social media use, and self-determination aspects are discussed.


Nancy Cade is the Davenport Distinguished Professor of History and Political Science at the University of Pikeville. She directs the Washington Center programs at the University of Pikeville and has served as a faculty member for the Washington Center seminars for 20 years.

LeAnne Epling is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Pikeville. She coordinates the psychology program and chairs the university's Institutional Review Board.

Rachel Little is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Pikeville. Rachel also serves as the Director of Forensics through coaching the university speech and debate team.

Chandra Massner is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Pikeville where she has taught for 25 years. She directs the university’s Honors Program, advises the student newsletter, and chairs the institution’s curriculum committee.

Past Award Winners

Volume 13

Experiences of Postpartum Women in One Residential Treatment Facility for Substance Use Disorders: A Qualitative Case Study

Rebecca Williams and Christine Privott The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp. 1-12


Volume 12

From Islamic Dress and Islamic Fashion to Cool Islam: An Exploration of Muslim Youth Hybrid Identities in the West

Imène Ajala The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp. 1-11


Volume 11

Race, Culture, and Politics in the Schooling of Ethnic Mexicans in the New American Southwest: The Case of Texas, 1836–1860

Guadalupe San Miguel Jr.,The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp. 13-21


Volume 10

Learning and Teaching Scholarship: Discovery across Disciplines

J. Fiona Peterson, Andrea Chester, Suzie Attiwill, and Debra Bateman, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences: Annual Review, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp.33–50


Volume 9

Kids Come Last: The Effect of Family Law Involvement in Parental Alienation

Christine Giancarlo and Kara Rottmann, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences: Annual Review, Volume 9, Volume 1, pp.27–42


Volume 8

Migratory Fluxes and the Concentration of Foreign Manpower

Olga Achón Rodríguez, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences: Annual Review, Volume 8, Issue1, pp.13–22


Volume 7

Ethics of Knowledge Translation: One Step Forward

Darquise Lafrenière, Thierry Hurlimann, Vincent Menuz, and Béatrice Godard, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences: Annual Review, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.23–36


Volume 6

Beyond a Shadow of Doubt: The Psychological Nature of Dogmatism

J. J. Johnson, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.149–162


Volume 5

Revealing Clio’s Secrets: The Case for Historical Macromeasurement

Sean M. Clark, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 8, pp.101–114


Volume 4

An Overdue Appraisal: The Need to Rethink Democracy Theory

Joleen Steyn-Kotze, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 9, pp.13–30