Section sponsors three awards: the Distinquished
Scholarly Achievement Award, the Distinguished
Scholarly Book or Article Award,
and the Graduate Student
Paper Award. These awards are conferred at the Annual Meeting
American Sociological Association.
Graduate Student Paper Award
This award recognizes excellence in graduate student research in the field of the history of sociology. Students who were actively enrolled (full- or part-time) in a graduate sociology program as of December 15, 2008 may submit one scholarly paper for consideration for this award. The submission may be an unpublished manuscript, an article submitted or accepted for publication, or a single chapter from a thesis or dissertation, and should address a theoretical or empirical problem central to the history of sociology. Members of the current Graduate Student Award Committee are ineligible for the award. The paper, along with a cover letter, must be submitted electronically to the selection committee chair, Zandria Robinson (Northwestern), no later than March 15, 2009. Nominees will be notified of the Committee's decision at the beginning of May 2008. Other members of the committee are Owen Whooley (NYU) and Michelle Christian (Duke).
2009. Cristobal Young, Princeton University. "The Emergence of Sociology from Political Economy in the United States, 1890-1940."
2008: Robin Das, Fordham University. "The Academic Marginalization of Werner Stark."
2007: Shireen Ally, University of Witwatersrand. "Oppositional Intellectualism as Reflection, not Rejection, of Power: Wits Sociology, 1975-1989."
2006:Jonathan Dirk VanAntwerpen, University of California Berkeley. "Empiricism, Interactionism, and Epistemological Authority: Reexamining Blumer's Early Sociological Practice."
2005: Ryan Light, Ohio State University. "Balkanized or Boundless: The Dynamic Idea Boundaries of American Sociology, 1963-1999."
2004: Michael DeCesare, University of Massachusetts. "Apathetic, Active, or Antagonistic? A History of the American Sociological Association's Involvement in High School Sociology."
2003: Ross E. Mitchell, University of Alberta. "Thorsten Veblen: Pioneer in Environmental Sociology."
Honorable Mention: Claudia Chaufan, University of California Santa Cruz. "Why is Classical Sociology Classical: An Intellectual Journey Through the History of Classical Sociological Theory."
-Erin Leahey, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "Alphas and Asterisks: The Development of Statistical Significance Testing Standards in Sociology."
-Jonathan Dirk VanAntwerpen, University of California Berkeley. "Resisting Sociology's Seductive Name: Frederick J. Taggart and Sociology at Berkeley."
Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award
This award honors sociologists who have made significant contributions to the History of Sociology by writing books or articles on the 'cutting edge' of sociological inquiry. Only monographs, articles, or edited works published in 2007 or 2008 are elligible. The author(s) or editor(s) must be sociologists. All texts submitted for consideration should be accompanied by a letter of nomination highlighting the texts's significant contributions to the history of sociology. Self-nominations are welcome if accompanied by a letter of support from another member of the ASA. Members of the current Distinguished Scholarly Book or Article Award Committee are ineligable for this award. To nominate a book or article, write highlighting the item's significant contribution to the history of sociology to the committee chair, Professor Margaret Somers (Michigan), to arrive no later than March 15, 2009. Other members of the committee are Toni Blasi (Tennessee) and Kay R. Broschart (Hollins College).
Distinguished Scholarly Achievement Award
This award recognizes sociologists who have made outstanding contributions to the History of Sociology throughout their careers, or who have made ground-breaking innovations or produced significant bodies of scholarly work in the History of Sociology. Nominees must be sociologists. Letters of nomination should highlight the nominee's outstanding innovation(s), career, and contributions to the History of Sociology. Self nominations are welcome if accompanied by a letter of support from another member of the ASA. Members of the current Distinguished Award Committee are ineligible for the award. To nominate an individual, send a nomination letter, the nominee's vitae, and samples of the nominee's work to the committee chair, Craig Calhoun (SSRC). Nominations must arrive no later than March 15, 2009. Other members of the committee are Gary Allen Fine (Northwestern) and George Steinmetz (New School).
2009. Edward Tiryakian, Department of Sociology, Duke University
2008: Robert Alun Jones, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
2007: Guenther Roth, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Columbia University; scholar of Max Weber.
2006: Irving Louis Horowitz, Chairman of the Board & Editorial Director, Transaction Publishers; University Professor & Hannah Arendt Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Political Science, Rutgers University.
2005: Susan Hoecker-Drysdale, Professor Emerita Concordia University and Retired Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa. "For her outstanding career of scholarship and leadership in the history of sociology."
-Jack Nusan Porter, University of Masachusetts-Lowell. Founder and Publisher of the Journal of the History of Sociology (1977-1982)
-Glenn Jacobs, University of Masachusetts-Boston. Founding Editor, Journal of the History of Sociology (1977-1982)
-Alan Sica, Pennsylvania State University. Editor and Publisher, History of Sociology (1983-1987). "For pioneering contributions in publishing the history of sociology"
2003: Michael J. Hill. "For his outstanding and sustained contributions to the history of sociology."
2002: Mary Jo Deegan, University of Nebraska Lincoln. "For her outstanding scholarship, professional integrity, and intellectual leadership in the discipline of sociology and the history of sociology."
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