American Sociological Association

Section on Crime, Law, and Deviance


Section Awards

Award Descriptions

James F. Short, Jr. Distinguished Article Award

Awarded every two years for the most distinguished article pertaining to Crime, Law, or Deviance.

Submission information

Please email nominations and requests for information to the Committee Chair, Eric Stewart,  at Florida State University. Deadline for receipt of nominations is March 5, 2018.

Crime, Law, and Deviance Distinguished Student Paper Award

The American Sociological Association’s section on Crime, Law, and Deviance invites submissions for the 2018 DISTINGUISHED STUDENT PAPER AWARD competition. Papers may be conceptual or theoretical, addressing any topic in the sociology of crime, deviance, law or criminal justice. Submissions may be sole- or multiple-authored, but all authors must be students at the time of submission. Papers should be article length (approximately 30 double spaced pages) and should follow the manuscript preparation guidelines used by the American Sociological Review. Papers accepted for publication at the time of submission are not eligible. The winner will receive $500 to offset the cost of attending the 2018 ASA meeting.

Submission information

Please send nominations and requests for information to the Committee Chair, Daniel Martinez,, at the University of Arizona. Deadline for receipt of submissions is March 5, 2018.

Peterson-Krivo Mentoring Award

The Peterson-Krivo Mentoring Award is awarded every two years by the Crime, Law, Deviance and the Sociology of Law Sections of the ASA. It was established to recognize sustained work and/or innovative approaches in the service of facilitating the success of undergraduate students, graduate students, and/or other scholars, particularly younger scholars. Examples of such activities could include the development of a mentoring website, publication of articles or books on mentoring, or creating programs geared toward mentoring. Members of either section are invited to nominate themselves or others by submitting a letter describing the nominee’s qualifications for the award and any supporting material that would assist the award committee in assessing the nominee’s suitability for the award.

Submission information

Please send nominations and requests for information to the Committee Chair, Charis Kubrin, at the University of California, Irvine. Deadline for receipt of submissions is March 5, 2018.

Albert J. Reiss Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award

The American Sociological Association’s section on Crime, Law, and Deviance invites nominations for its 2017 ALBERT J. REISS, JR., DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR AWARD. Given in recognition of the contributions to criminological understanding made by Albert J. Reiss, Jr., the award is presented every other year to the author(s) of a book or a series of articles published in the last five years and constituting a major contribution to the study of crime, law, and deviance. If suitable awardees of either type cannot be found, the Committee has discretion to give the award to an individual for a lifetime of outstanding scholarship. Nominations must be specific, indicating clearly both the nominee and the book or body of work. It must be accompanied by a specific list of the work(s) to be reviewed and a brief statement of why the work merits recognition. Nominators must send or arrange to have sent to the Committee chairperson five copies of the listed work. The Committee will review only the work that is nominated. Self-nominations are permitted. Please send nominations and requests for information to the Committee Chair, Claire Renzetti,, Department of Sociology, University of Kentucky, 1501 Patterson Office Tower, Lexington, KY 40507. Deadline for receipt of nominations is February 1, 2017.

Submission information

Not awardd in 2018.


Past Award Winners

Albert J. Reiss Distinguisded Scholarly Publication Award

2017: Joachim J. Savelsberg (University of Minnesota) for his accumulated body of scholarship

2015: Randol Contreras (University of Toronto) for the book: The Stickup Kids: Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream (University of California Press).
2013: Robert J. Sampson. 2012. Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
2011: Lynne A. Haney. 2009. Offending Women: Power, Punishment, and the Regulation of Desire. Berkeley: University of California Press.
2009: John Hagan and Wenona Rymond-Richmond. 2009. Darfur and the Crime of Genocide. New York: Cambridge University Press.
2007: Bruce Western. 2006. Punishment and Inequality in America. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
2005: John Laub and Robert Sampson. 2003. Shared Beginnings, Divergent Lives: Delinquent Boys to Age 70. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
2003: John Hagan. 2001. Northern Passage: American Vietnam War Resisters in Canada. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
2001: Kitty Calavita, Henry Calavita, and Robert Tillman. 1997. Big Money Crime: Fraud and Politics in the Savings and Loan Crisis. Berkeley: University of California Press.
1999: Simon I. Singer. 1996. Recriminalizing Delinquency: Violent Juvenile Crime and Juvenile Justice Reform. New York: Cambridge University Press.

James F. Short, Jr. Distinguished Article Award

2016: Brea L. Perry and Edward W. Morris. “Suspending Progress: Collateral Consequences of Exclusionary Punishment in Public Schools.” American Sociological Review 79:1067-1087.
2014: Issa Kohler-Hausmann. "Misdemeanor Justice: Control without Conviction." American Journal of Sociology 119:351-93.
2012: Robert Faris and Diane Felmlee. 2011. "Status Struggles: Network Centrality and Gender Segregation in Same- and Cross-Gender Aggression." American Sociological Review 76:48-73.
2010: David S. Kirk. 2009. "A Natural Experiment on Residential Change and Recidivism: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina." American Sociological Review 74:484-505.
2009: Peggy C. Giordano, Ryan D. Schroeder, and Stephen A. Cernkovich. 2007. "Emotions and Crime over the Life Course: A Neo-Meadian Perspective on Criminal Continuity and Change." American Journal of Sociology 112:1603-1661.
2006: Bruce Western and Becky Pettit. 2005. "Black-White Wage Inequality, Employment Rates, and Incarceration." American Journal of Sociology 111:553-78.
2004: Peggy C. Giordano, Stephen A. Cernkovich, and Jennifer L. Rudolph. 2002. "Gender, Crime and Desistance: Toward a Theory of Cognitive Transformation."American Journal of Sociology 107:990-1064.
2002: Dana L. Haynie. 2001. "Delinquent Peers Revisited: Does Network Structure Matter?" American Journal of Sociology 106:1013-57.

Distinguished Student Paper Award

2017: Sanaz Mobasseri, “Race, Place, and Crime: How Violent Crime Events Affect Employment Discrimination.”

2016: Sarah Brayne, "Stratified Surveillance: Policing in the Age of Big Data"
2015: Monica Bell; "From Legal Cynicism to Situational Trust.” 
2014: Hassan El Menyawi: "The Great Reversal."
2013: Armando Lara-Millan: "Incarcerating in the Era of Penal Retrenchment."
2012: Sarah Brayne: "System Avoidance: Criminal Justice Contact, Surveillance, and Institutional Involvement."
2010: Michael Light and Casey T. Harris : "Race, Space, and Violence: Exploring Spatial Dependence in Structural Covariates of White and Black Violent Crime in U.S. Counties."
2009: John Eason: "Mapping Prison Proliferation: Region, Rurality, Race and Disadvantage in Prison Placement."
2008: Christopher Wildeman: "Paternal Incarceration and Children's Aggressive Behaviors: Evidence from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study."
2007: Philip Goodman: "'It's Just Black, White or Hispanic:' An Ethnographic Examination of Racializing Moves in California's Segregated Prison Reception Areas."
2006: Katherine A. Johnson: "Predicting the Acquisition of Self-Control Over Time: Stability and Change."
2005: Callie H. Burt: "A Longitudinal Test of A General Theory of Crime's Predictions Regarding the Effects of Parenting and the Stability of Self Control."
2004: Kraig Beyerlein and John Hipp: "Bridging or Bonding Social Capital as an Antidote to Crime: The Case of American Religious Traditions."
2003: Megan C. Kurlychek and Brian D. Johnson: "The Juvenile Penalty: A Comparison of Juvenile and Young Adult Sentencing Outcomes in Criminal Court."
2002: Devah Pager: "The Mark of a Criminal."
2001: Brian D. Johnson: "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Sentencing Departures Across Modes of Conviction."
2000: Christine W. Bond: "Does Gender Still Matter?: Quantitative and Narrative Analyses of Gender Differences in Criminal Involvement and Pre-Trial Release."
1999: Catherine Kaukinen: "The Help-Seeking of Crime Victims: An Examination of the Victim-Offender Relationship."

Peterson-Krivo Mentoring Award

2016: Claire M. Renzetti, University of Kentucky
2014: Christopher Uggen, University of Minnesota
2012: John Hagan, Northwestern University