American Sociological Association

Section on Rationality and Society

Awards were conferred for the first time in 1997.


The Section on Rationality and Society's Best Graduate Student Paper

2017: Minjae Kim, “A Man Is Known by His Cup: Signaling Commitment via Costly Conformity”

2016: David Calnitsky and Jonathan Latner, "Basic income in a small town: Understanding the elusive effects on work,” Social Problems 64(3):373-397. 2017.

2015: Daniel J. DellaPosta, “Bridging the Parochial Divide: Closure and Brokerage in Mafia Families”

2014: Diana Dakhlallah, Stanford University, “Micro-Dynamics of Corrupt Interactions: Theory Development and Moroccan Health Sector as Test Case”

2013: Charles Seguin, “The Mathematics of Superstars: Two Theories of Cultural Consumption”

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

2011: Katie Corcoran, University of Washington, “Religious Human Capital Revisited: Testing the Effect of Religious Human Capital on Religious Participation,” Rationality and Society 24(3):343-379. 2012.

2010: Ashley Harrell, “Religion, Rewards and Prosocial Behavior”

2010: Jacob Young, “Misperception of Peer Delinquency and its Consequences:  Examining the Microfoundations of Social Influence and Delinquency”

2009: Blaine Robbins, University of Washington, “Neither Government nor Community Alone: A Test of State-Centered Models of Generalized Trust,” Rationality and Society 23(3):304-346. 2011.

2007: Yen-Sheng Chiang, University of Washington, “The Path Towards Fairness: Preferential Association and the Evolution of Strategies in the Ultimatum Game,” Rationality and Society 20(2):173-201. 2008.

2006: Jacob Dijkstra, University of Groningen, “Externalities in Exchange Networks: An Adaptation of Existing Theories of Exchange Networks,” Rationality and Society 21(4):395-427. 2009.

2005: Steve Bernard, Cornell University

2004: Pamela Emanuelson, University of South Carolina, "Flow Networks: An Extension of Network Exchange Theory"

2003: Howard T. Welser, University of Washington, “For Love of Glory: Performance, Self-Evaluation and Status Achievement among Rock Climbers”

2001: Martin Abraham, University of Leipzig, Germany, and Bernard Prosch, Lehrstuhlfuer Soziologie, Germany, “Long-Term Employment Relationships by Credible Commitments: The Carl Zeiss Foundation,” Rationality and Society 12(3):283-306. 2000.

2000: Vincent Buskens, University of Utrecht, “The Social Structure of Trust,” Social Networks 20(3):265-289. 1998. 

1999: Marcel van Assen, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, “Effects of Individual Decision Theory on Predications of Cooperation in Social Dilemmas,” The Journal of Mathematical Sociology 23(2):143-153. 1998.

1999: James A. Kitts, Cornell University, “Rival Incentives, Cohesion, and the Decoupling of Formal and Informal Norms”

1997: Jay Cross, Eric Durbin, Jean-Francois Huard, Saabah al-Binali, and Elizabeth Smailes, Columbia University, “Strategy and Control in Social Networks: With Application to Academic Tenure”

The Section on Rationality and Society's James Coleman Award for Outstanding Article or Book

2017: Damon Centola, “The Social Origins of Networks and Diffusion,” American Journal of Sociology 120(5):1295-1338. 2015.

2016: Emily Erikson, Between Monopoly and Free Trade. Princeton University Press. 2014.

2015: Andreas Diekmann, Ben Jann, Wojtek Przepiorka, and Stefan Wehrli, “Reputation formation and the evolution of cooperation in anonymous online markets,” American Sociological Review 79(1):65-85. 2014.

2014: Rafael Wittek, Tom Snijders, and Victor Nee, The Handbook of Rational Choice Social Research. Stanford University Press. 2013.

2014: Delia Baldassarri, New York University, The Simple Art of Voting: The Cognitive Shortcuts of Italian Voters. Oxford University Press. 2012.

2013: Clemens Kroneberg and Andreas Wimmer, “Struggling over the boundaries of belonging. A formal model of nation building, ethnic closure, and populism,” American Journal of Sociology 118(1):176-230. 2012.

2011: Robb Willer, Ko Kuwabara, and Michael Macy, “The False Enforcement of Unpopular Norms,” American Journal of Sociology 115(2):451-490. 2009.

2010: Edward Lawler, Shane Thye, and Jeongkoo Yoon, Social Commitments in a Depersonalized World. Russell Sage Foundation. 2009.

2009: Carter Butts, University of California, Irvine, and David Rode, Carnegie Mellon University, “Rational and Empirical Play in the Simple Hot Potato Game,” Social Forces 85(4):1787-1806. 2007.

2007: Elizabeth E. Bruch, University of Michigan, and Robert D. Mare, University of California, Los Angeles, “Neighborhood Choice and Neighborhood Change,” American Journal of Sociology 112(3):667-709. 2006.

2006: Peter Hedstrom, Oxford University, Dissection the Social. On the Principles of Analytical Sociology. Cambridge University Press. 2005.

2005: Trond Petersen, University of California, Berkeley

2003: Vincent Buskens and Werner Raub, “Embedded Trust: Control and Learning,” Pp.167 - 202 in Advances in Group Processes (Advances in Group Processes, Volume 19). Emerald Group Publishing Limited. 2002.

2003: Christine Horne, “The Enforcement of Norms: Group Cohesion and Meta-norms,” Social Psychology Quarterly 64(3):253-266. 2001.

2002: David Willer, University of South Carolina, Network Exchange Theory. Praeger. 1999.

2000: Brinton and Victor Nee, Cornell Univeristy, The New Institutionalism in Sociology. Stanford University Press. 1998.

1999: James Montgomery, London School for Economics, "Toward a Tole-Theoretic Conception of Embeddedness," American Journal of Sociology 104(1):92-125. 1998.

1997: William Brustein, University of Minnesota, The Logic of Evil: The Social Origins of the Nazi Party. Yale University Press. 1996.

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