American Sociological Association

Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Award Recipients

The Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity's Distinguished Career Award

2016: Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University

2015: Jane Piliavin, University of Wisconsin, Madison

2014: Shalom H. Schwartz, Hebrew University

2013: Paul Schervish, Boston College

2012: Christian Smith, University of Notre Dame

The Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity's Outstanding Published Book Award

2016: Justin Farrell, Yale University

2015: Gabriel Abend, The Moral Background: An Inquiry into the History of Business Ethics. Princeton University Press. 2014.

2015: Vincent Jeffries, The Palgrave Handbook of Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity. Palgrave Macmillan. 2014.

2014: Peter Stamatov, Yale University, The Origins of Global Humanitarianism: Religion, Empires and Advocacy. Cambridge University Press. 2013.

2013: Lori Peek, Colorado State, Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans After 9/11. Temple University Press. 2011.

2012: Donald Black, University of Virginia, Moral Time. Oxford University Press. 2011.


The Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity's Outstanding Published Article Award

2016: Wayne E. Baker, University of Michigan

2016: Nathaniel Bulkley, Innovation Places LLC

2015: Brent Simpson, Ashley Harrell, and Rob Willer, "Hidden Paths from Morality to Cooperation: Moral Judgment Promote Trust and Trustworthiness,” Social Forces 91(4):1529–1548. 2013.

2014: Dan Lainer-Vos, University of Southern California, "The Practical Organization of Moral Transactions: Gift Giving, Market Exchange, Credit, and the Making of Diaspora Bonds," Sociological Theory 31(2):145-167. 2013.

2013: Chaeyoon Lim, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Carol Ann MacGregor, Loyola University, New Orleans, "Religion and Volunteering in Context: Disentangling the Contextual Effects of Religion on Voluntary Behavior," American Sociological Review. 77(5):747-779. 2012.

2012: Gabriel Abend, New York University, "Thick Concepts and the Moral Brain," European Journal of Sociology 52(1):143-172. 2011.

2012 Honorable Metion: Rob Willer, University of California, Berkeley, “Groups Reward Individual Sacrifice: The Status Solution to the Collective Action Problem,” American Sociological Review 74(1):23-43. 2009.

The Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity's Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award

2016: Landon Schnabel, Indiana University, Bloomington

2015: Robert Braun, “Religious Minorities and Resistance to Genocide: The Collective Rescue of Jews in the Netherlands during the Holocaust,” American Political Science Review 110(1):127-147. 2016.

2014: Blaine Robbins, University of Washington, "On the Origins of Trust: Perceived Motivations, Causal Attributions, and Other-Praising Emotions"

2013: Xiaohong Xu, Yale University, "Belonging Before Believing: Ethical Activism, Sectarian Ethos and Bloc Recruitment in the Making of Chinese Communism," American Sociological Review 78(5):773-796. 2013.

2012: Margaret Frye, University of CaliforniaBerkeley, “Bright Futures in Malawi’ New Dawn: Educational Aspirations as Assertions of Identity,” American Journal of Sociology 117(6):1565-1624. 2012.

2012 Honorable Metion: Matthew Hoffberg, Cornell University, “Prosocial Values, Reciprocity, and the Mediating Role of Perceived Motives in Direct Favor Exchange”

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