American Sociological Association

Section on Education

Section on the Sociology of Education's David Lee Stevenson Graduate Student Paper

This award was first presented in 1993 as the Dissertation Award. In 1994 name was changed to Graduate Student Paper Award. In 2000 Its name was changed again to its current name.



Affiliation at Time of Award


2016 Peter Rich  

“White Parental Flight and Avoidance:  Neighborhood Choices in the Era of School District Desegregation"


Queenie Zhu

  “On Common Ground: How
Spatial Layout Facilitates Schools’ Power to Segregate Students."
2014 Julia Andrea Behrman  

“Is Schooling a ‘Social Vaccine’ Against HIV for Adolescent Girls? Evidence from Malawi and Uganda”


Joseph Merry


Margaret Frye

University of California-Berkeley 2012. “Bright Futures in Malawi’s New Dawn: Educational Aspirations as Assertions of Identity” American Journal of Sociology 117.

Jessica McCrory Calarco

University of Pennsylvania “Can you help me get ahead?: Social class differences in elementary students’ efforts to negotiate opportunities for learning.”


Oren Pizmony-Levy

Indiana University

"A Multilevel Approach to the Study of Global Curricula Scripts: The Case of Environmental Education."


Kyle Longest

University of North Carolina/Furman University

"Popularity Lost: Identity Status and Its Consequences in the Transition to Young Adulthood.”


Fabian Pfeffer

University of Wisconsin Madison

"Persistent Inequality in Educational Attainment and its Institutional Context"


Donna Bobbit-Zeher

Ohio State University

“The Gender Income Gap and the Role of Education.”


Douglas Lee Lauen

University of Chicago

"Contextual Explanations of School Choice"


Jennifer Booher-Jennings

Jennifer C. Lee and Jeremy Staff

Columbia University

University of Minnesota

“Below the Bubble: ‘Educational Triage’ and the Texas Accountability System”

“When Work Matters: The Varying Impact of Adolescent Work Intensity on High School Dropout”


Sean Kelly

University of Wisconsin-Madison

“The Black-White Gap in Mathematics Course Taking”


HyunJoon Park

University of Wisconsin, Madison



Simon Cheng and Brian Starks

Indiana University, Bloomington

“Elaborating Racial Differences in Educational Expectations: A Test of Three Core Assumptions”


Christopher B. Swanson

University of Chicago

“Cooling-out and Warming Up:The Role of Postsecondary Institutional Environment in Managing Ambitions”


Mark J. Schafer

Indiana University

“International Nongovernmental Organizations and Third World Education in 1990: A Cross National Study”


Salvatore Saporito

Temple University

“Exercising Strategic Choice in Education Contexts: Why School Choice Increases Segregation in Public Schools”


William Carbonaro

University of Wisconsin-Madison

“I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends’ Parents? Family Structure , Social Capital, and Effects on Educational Outcomes”


Vincent J. Roscigno

North Carolina State University

"Race, Place, and the Reproduction of Educational Disadvantage: The Black-White Gap and the Influence of Local Context”


John Robert Warren

University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Social Background, Migration History, and English Language Ability: Educational Attainment Among White and Mexican Origin Children in the American Southwest, 1990”


Kim M. Lloyd


"Family Size & Educational Attainment: Differences by Gender, Race, & Ethnicity"


Sally K. Gallagher

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

"Family & Community Caregiving by the Elderly: The New Volunteers?"


Section on the Sociology of Education's Willard Waller Award

The Willard Waller Award was founded in 1986 to acknowledge distinguished scholarly contribution to the sociology of education. After 1992, the Willard Waller Award changed to recognize the best article publishedin the field. The 1987, 93 and 96 awards were for best article published in the last three years.



Affiliation at Time of Award

Publication Title/Other

2016 Barbara Schneider, John A. Hannah Michigan State University

Chair and University Distinguished Professor


Robert Dreeben



Robert Hauser

University of Wisconsin



Claudia Buchmann and Thomas A. DiPrete

Ohio State University and Columbia University

"The Growing Female Advantage in College Completion: The Role of Parental Resources and Academic Achievement." American Sociological Review 71:515-541


Charles Bidwell

University of Chicago



James Rosenbaum

Northwestern University Beyond College for All: Career Paths for the Forgotten Half


Basil Bernstein

Institute of Education, University of London

Lifetime Career Achievments


Samual Roundfield Lucas

University of California, Berkeley

Tracking Inequality: Stratification and Mobility

in American High Schools


Suet-ling Pong

Pennsylvania State University

“The School Compositional Effect of Single-Parenthood on Tenth-Grade Achievement”


Alan C. Kerckhoff

Duke University

Not listed


Kevin J. Dougherty

Manhattan College

The Contradictory College: The Conflicting Origins, Impacts, and futures of the Community College


Robert Dreeben

University of Chicago

“The Sociology of Education: Its Development in the United States”


John Meyer

Stanford University

Lifetime Career Accomplishments


Anthony S. Bryk

Valerie E. Lee

Peter B. Holland

University of Chicago

University of Michigan

Belmont School District (MA)

Catholic Schools and the Common Good


Alan Sadovnik

Adelphi University

"Basil Bernstein's Theory of Pedagogic Practice: A Structuralist Approach"


Christopher Jencks

Northwesternn University

Lifetime contributions


William Sewell

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lifetime contributions


James S. Coleman

University of Illinois-Chicago

Lifetime contributions


Richard Rubinson

Florida State University

“Class Fromation, Politics, and Institutions: Schooling in the United States”


Willard B Brookover

Michigan State University

Lifetime contributions


The Pierre Bourdieu Award for the Best Book in Sociology of Education

This award is made annually. Books published in the two years prior to the year in which the current annual meeting occurs are eligible for nomination (e.g., in 2009, books published in 2007-2008 are eligible).

Year Name Affiliation at Time of Award Other
2016 Jennifer Lee, Min Zhou.  

The Asian American Achievement Paradox


Elizabeth A. Armstrong and Laura T. Hamilton.

  2013. Paying for the Party: How College
Maintains Inequality
. Harvard University Press.
2014 Maia Bloomfield Cucchiara  

Marketing Schools, Marketing Cities: Who Wins and Who Loses When Schools Become Urban Amenities. University of Chicago Press, 2013.


Elizabeth Popp Berman

2012 Karolyn Tyson University of North Carolina 2011. Integration Interrupted: Tracking, Black Students, and Acting White after Brown. Oxford University Press
2011 Thomas J. Espenshade and Alexandria Walton Radford   No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equal: Race and Class in Elite College Admission and Campus Life. Published by Princeton University Press, 2009

William G. Bowen, Matthew M. Chingos and Michael S. McPherson

Mellon Foundation, Harvard and Spencer Foundation

Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America's Public Universities.


Mitchell L. Stevens

Stanford University

Creating a Class: College Admissions and the Education of Elites , Harvard University Press.


The James Coleman Award for the Best Article in the field of Sociology of Education

This award is made annually. Articles in the two years prior to the year in which the annual meeting occurs are eligible for nomination (e.g. in 2009, articles published in 2007-2008 are eligible).

Year Name Affiliation at Time of Award Article Name
2016 Brea Perry and Edward Morris, Indiana University and University of Kentucky.

"Suspending Progress: Collateral Consequences of Exclusionary Punishment in Public Schools"


Marissa King, Jennifer Jennings, and
Jason Fletcher.

  “Medical Adaptation to Academic Pressure: Schooling, Stimulant Use, and Socioeconomic Status”
2014 Julia Burdick-Will   "School Violent Crime and Academic Achievement in Chicago"

Florencia Torche

2012 Jennie Brand and Yu Xie University of California-Los Angeles and University of Michigan 2010. “Who Benefits Most from College? Evidence for Negative Selection in Heterogeneous Economic Returns to Higher Education” American Sociological Review 75:273-302.
2011 Dennis Condron Emory University “Social Class, School and Non-School Environments, and Black/White Inequalities in Children’s Learning” American Sociological Review October 2009 vol. 74 no. 5 685-708.

Robert Crosnoe

University of Texas

"Low-Income Students and the Socioeconomic Composition of Public High Schools," American Sociological Review, 2009.


Douglas B. Downey, Paul von Hippel, and Melanie Hughes

Ohio State University and University of Pittsburgh

“Are ‘Failing' Schools Really Failing?” Sociology of Education 81:242-70.


Sociology of Education Doris Entwisle Early Career Award

Year Name Affiliation at Time of Award
2015 Laura Hamilton, University of California, Merced

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