American Sociological Association

Section on Mathematical Sociology

The Section on Mathematical Sociology's Outstanding Publication Award

From 1999 to 2003, one award publication was given yearly, for either a book or an article. Since 2004, there have been two publication awards: the Outstanding Article Award (given every year) and the Harrison White Outstanding Book Award (given every other year)

Year Name Affiliation Title

Tobias Schroder

Jesse Hoey

Kimberly B. Rogers 


“Modeling Dynamic Identities and Uncertainty in Social Interactions: Bayesian Affect Control Theory.” American Sociological Review


Daniel J. DellaPosta

Yongren Shi

Michael W. Macy


“Why Do Liberals Drink Lattes?” American Journal of Sociology. 120(5): 1473-1511, 2015.


Elizabeth E. Bruch


“How population structure shapes neighborhood segregation.” American Journal of Sociology 119, no. 5 (2014): 1221.

2014 Gianluca Manzo Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

"Educational choices and social interactions: a formal model and a computational test” Comparative Social Research.


Lincoln Quillian


"Segregation and Poverty Concentration: The Role of Three Segregations". American Sociological Review, 77: 354-379.

2012 Andreas Wimmer and Kevin Lewis.  

2010. "Beyond and Below Racial Homophily: ERG Models of a Friendship Network Documented on Facebook." American Journal of Sociology 116: 583-642.


Damon Centola

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"The Spread of Behavior in an Online Social Network Experiment," Science 329 (3 Sept.): 1194-1197.

Damon Canola

Michael Macy.

  "Complex Contagions and Weakness of Long Ties" American Journal of Sociology, 2007, 3:702-34.

Delia Baldassarri

Peter Bearman

  “Dynamics of Political Polarization” American Sociological Review 72:784-811, 2007.
2007 James Kitts  

“Collective Action, Rival Incentives, and the Emergences of Antisocial Norms” American Sociological Review, 2006, 71:235-259.


Damon Centola

Robb Willer

Michael Macy


“The Emperors Dilemma: a Computational Model of Self-Enforcing Norms” American Journal of Sociology, 2005, 110(4):1009-1040.


Douglas Heckathorn

Mathew J. Salganik

Cornell University Columbia University

"Sampling and Estimation in Hidden Populations Using Respondent-Driven Sampling"


James Moody

Douglas R. White

  “Structural Cohesion and Embeddedness: A Hierarchical Concept of Social Groups” (American Sociological Review, February 2003, 63:103-27)

Laszlo Polos

Michael Hannan

University of Amsterdam

Stanford University
2002 Andrew Noymer University of California, Berkeley

“The Transformation and Persistence Application of Age-Structured Epidemic”

2001 Philip Bonacich University of California, Los Angeles “A Behavioral Foundation for a Structural Theory of Power in Exchange Networks”
2000 Duncan Watts Not given

“Networks, Dynamics, and the Small-World Phenomenon”

1999 Noah E. Friedkin University of California, Santa Barbara A Structural Theory of Social Influence


The Section on Mathematical Sociology's Harrison White Outstanding Book Award

Year Name Affiliation Title

Dean Lusher

Johan Koskinen

Garry Robins (eds)


Exponential Random Graph Models for Social Networks, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.


Noah Friedkin

Eugene Johnsen


Social Influence Network Theory: A Sociological Examination of Small Group Dynamics (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

2010 David R. Heise   Expressive Order: Confirming Sentiments in Social Actions. Springer, 2007

Patrick Doreian

Vladimir Batagelj

Anuska Ferligoj

  ”Generalized Block Modeling,” Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Peter J. Carrington

John Scott

Stanley Wasserman


Models and Methods in Social Network Analysis. Cambridge University Press, 2005.


The Section on Mathematical Sociology's Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award

Year Name Affiliation Title
2016 Sosuke Okada University of Arizona

“Structure of Cultural Rejection,” Sociological Perspectives

2015 Andrei Boutyline University of California,

“Detecting Shared Cultural Schemas with Correlational Class Analysis: Theory and Methodology.”

2014 Alexander Hanna

University of Wisconsin

“Computer-Aided Content Analysis of Digitally Enabled Movements,” Mobilization: An International Quarterly, 18: 367-388.

2013 Charles Seguin  

"Cultural Superstardom from Multiple Mechanisms: Two Mathematical Models of Cultural Object Popularity"


David Melamed

Scott Savage


"Predicting Social Influence: A Model at the Intersection of Sociology and Psychology."

2011 Aston Verdery University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

"Population Growth and Social Structure."

2010 David Melamed  

“Quantifying Justice Evaluations with Graded Status Characteristics”

2009 Neha Gondal Rutgers University

"Knowledge Space as a Partially Self-Organizing System"


Michael Genkin

Alexander Gutfraind

Cornell University

“How Do Terrorist Cells Assemble? Insights from an agent-Based Model”

2007 Yen-Sheng Chiang  

“Birds of Moderately Different Feathers: Bandwagon Dynamics and the Threshold of Network Neighbors. Journal of Mathematical Sociology” 2007, 31:1-23.


Steven Bernard

Robb Willer

Cornell University

“A Wealth and Status-Based Model of Residential Segregation”. Journal of Mathematical Sociology, 2007, 31(2):149-174.

2005 Ko Kuwabara

Cornell University

"Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself"


Arnout van de Rijt

Robb Willer

Cornell University

“Metanetworks: A Factor in Structural Change”


Fabio Rojas

Kirby Schroeder

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

2002 Andrew Noymer

University of California, Berkeley

“The Transformation and Persistence Application of Age-Structured Epidemic”

2001 Vincent Buskens

Utrecht University

“A Stochastic Model for Information Diffusion in Social Networks”

1999 Carter E. Butts

Carnegie-Mellon University

“A Beyesian Model of Panic in Belief”

1998 Not given    


The Section on Mathematical Sociology's Outstanding Dissertation in Progress

This award was first given in 2007

Year Name Affiliation Title
2017 Jaemin Lee Duke University

“The Social Origins of Opinion Dynamics: Consolidation, Structural Cohesion, and Political Polarization”

2016 Yongren Shi  

"Study of Political and Cultural Polarization Using Book Co-purchases and Reviews"

2015 Jacob C. Fisher

Duke University

“Latent space and social psychological models of diffusion.”

2014 Jesse Clark

University of Georgia


2013  Zack Almquist

University of California, Irvine

"Vertex Processes in Social Networks"

2013  Akshay Patil

Stony Brook University

"Analyzing Dynamics in Online Social Networks"

2011 Nick Berigan,

University of South Carolina

"Justice, Sanctioning, and Retaliation in the Provision of Public Goods."

2010  David Melamed.

University of Arizona

2010  Jeffrey Smith

Duke University

2009 Tucker S. McGrimmon

University of South Carolina

"Social Diversity and the Efficacy of Majority Rule Voting"

2008 Pamela Emanuelson

University of South Carolina

“Extension and Refinement of Network Exchange Theory”

2007 Rense Corten

Utrecht University, Netherlands

“Coevolution of Social Networks and Behavior in Social Dilemmas”


The Section on Mathematical Sociology's James S. Coleman Distinguished Career Achievement Award

Career Achievement Award - begun in 2002, given every other year.

Year Name Affiliation
2017 Lynn Smith-Lovin Duke University
2014 Phil Bonacich University of California, Los Angeles
2012 John Skvoretz  
2010 David R. Heise Indiana University
2008 Scott Boorman Yale University
2006 Linton Freeman University of California, Irvine
2004 Thomas Fararo University of Pittsburgh
2002 Harrison White Columbia University

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