American Sociological Association

Section on Sociology of Education

Award Recipients

The Willard Waller Award for Lifetime Achievement

The Willard Waller Award is for lifetime achievement in the field of sociology of education. Beginning in 2010, this award is made every three years. (Between 1986 and 2008, the award recognized lifetime achievements, the most outstanding book in sociology of education, and the most outstanding article in sociology of education on a rotating basis)
2013 Robert Dreeben University of Chicago Lifetime Achievement
2010 Robert Hauser University of Wisconsin Lifetime Achievement
2008 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
2007 Charles Bidwell University of Chicago Lifetime Acheivement
2006 Jerome Karabel   The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton
2005 Douglas B. Downey, Paul von Hippel, and Beckett Broh   "Are Schools the Great Equalizer? Cognitive Inequality During the Summer Months and the School Year." American Sociological Review 69:613-635
2004 Maureen Hallinan   Lifetime Achievement
2003 James Rosenbaum Northwestern University Beyond College for All: Career Paths for the Forgotten Half
2002 Steven Brint, Mary F. Contreras, and Michael T. Matthews   "Socialization Messages in Primary Schools: An Organizational Analysis" Sociology of Education 74: 157-180.
2001 Basil Bernstein Institute of Education, University of London Lifetime Achievement
2000 Samual Roundfield Lucas University of California, Berkeley Tracking Inequality: Stratification and Mobility
in American High Schools
1999 Suet-ling Pong Pennsylvania State University "The School Compositional Effect of Single-Parenthood on Tenth-Grade Achievement" Sociology of Education 71: 23-42.
1998 Alan C. Kerckhoff Duke University Lifetime Achievement
1997 Kevin J. Dougherty Manhattan College The Contradictory College: The Conflicting Origins, Impacts, and futures of the Community College
1996 Robert Dreeben University of Chicago "The Sociology of Education: Its Development in the U.S." Pp. 7-52 in A. Pallas (Ed.), Research in Sociology of Education and Socialization,Volume 10.
1995 John Meyer Stanford University Lifetime Achievement
1994 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
1993 Alan Sadovnik Adelphi University "Basil Bernstein's Theory of Pedagogic Practice: A Structuralist Approach" Sociology of Education 64: 48-63.
1992 Christopher Jencks Northwestern University Lifetime Achievement
1991 Annette Lareau   Home Advantage: Social Class and Parental Intervention in Elementary Education
1990 William Sewell University of Wisconsin-Madison Lifetime Acheievement
1989 Joel Perlmann   Ethnic Differences: Schooling and Social Structure among the Irish, Italians, Jews, and Blacks in an American City, 1880-1935
1988 James S. Coleman University of Illinois-Chicago Lifetime Achievement
1987 Richard Rubinson Florida State University Class Formation, Politics, and Institutions: Schooling in the United States
1986 Wilbur B. Brookover Michigan State University Lifetime Achievement




The David Lee Stevenson Award for the Best Graduate Student Paper in Sociology of Education

The David Lee Stevenson Graduate Student Paper Award is for the best paper written by a graduate student in the field of sociology of education. This award is made annually. (This award was first presented in 1993 as the Dissertation Award)
2015 Queenie Zhu Harvard University "On Common Ground: How Spatial Layout Facilitates Schools' Power to Segregate Students"
2014 Julia Andrea Behrman New York University “Is Schooling a ‘Social Vaccine’ Against HIV for Adolescent Girls? Evidence from Malawi and Uganda”
2013 Joseph Merry The Ohio state University "Tracing the U.S. Deficit in PISA Reading Skills to Early Childhood: Evidence from the United States and Canada"
2012 Margaret Frye University of California- Berkeley "Bright Futures in Malawi's New Dawn: Educational Aspirations as Assertions of Identity"
2011 Jessica McCrory Calarco University of Pennsylvania "Can You Help Me Get Ahead?: Social Class Differences in Elementary Students' Efforts to Negotiate Opportunities for Learning"
2010 Oren Pizmony-Levy Indiana University "A Multilevel Approach to the Study of Global Curricula Scripts: The Case of Environmental Education"
2009 Kyle Longest University of North Carolina/Furman University "Popularity Lost: Identity Status and Its Consequences in the Transition to Young Adulthood"
2008 Fabian Pfeffer University of Wisconsin Madison "Persistent Inequality in Educational Attainment and its Institutional Context"
2007 Donna Bobbitt-Zeher Ohio State University "The Gender Income Gap and the Role of Education"
2006 Jennifer Booher-Jennings Columbia University "A School’s Choice? Managing in an Era of Accountability"
2005 Douglas Lee Lauen University of Chicago "Contextual Explanations of School Choice"
2004 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"
2003 Sean Kelly University of Wisconsin-Madison "The Black-White Gap in Mathematics Course Taking"
2002 HyunJoon Park University of Wisconsin, Madison "Educational Expansion and Inequality in Korea"
2001 Simon Cheng and Brian Starks Indiana University, Bloomington "Elaborating Racial Differences in Educational Expectations: A Test of Three Core Assumptions"
2000 Christopher B. Swanson University of Chicago "Cooling-out and Warming Up:The Role of Postsecondary Institutional Environment in Managing Ambitions"
1999 Mark J. Schafer Indiana University "International Nongovernmental Organizations and Third World Education in 1990: A Cross National Study"
1998 Salvatore Saporito Temple University "Exercising Strategic Choice in Education Contexts: Why School Choice Increases Segregation in Public Schools"
1997 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"
1996 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"
1995 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"
1994 Kim M. Lloyd SUNY-Albany "Family Size & Educational Attainment: Differences by Gender, Race, & Ethnicity"
1993 Sally K. Gallagher University of Massachusetts-Amherst "Family & Community Caregiving by the Elderly: The New Volunteers?"




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

The Pierre Bourdieu Award is for the best book in the sociology of education published in the two preceding years. This award is made annually. (For example, books published in 2010 or 2011 were eligible for the 2012 award)
2015 Elizabeth Armstrong and Laura Hamilton University of Michigan 
University of California-Merced
Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality
2014 Maia Bloomfield Cucchiara Temple University Marketing Schools, Marketing Cities: Who Wins and Who Loses When Schools Become Urban Amenities
2013 Elizabeth Popp Berman University at Albany Creating the Market University: How Academic Science Became an Economic Engine
2012 Karolyn Tyson University of North Carolina Integration Interrupted: Tracking, Black Students, and Acting White after Brown
2011 Thomas J. Espenshade
and Alexandria Walton Radford

MPR Associates
No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equal: Race and Class in Elite College Admission and Campus Life
2010 William G. Bowen
Matthew M. Chingos
Michael S. McPherson
Mellon Foundation
Spencer Foundation
Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America's Public Universities
2009 Mitchell L. Stevens Stanford University Creating a Class: College Admissions and the Education of Elites


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

The James Coleman Award is for the best article in the sociology of education published in the two preceding years. This award is made annually. (For example, articles published in 2010 or 2011 were eligible for the 2012 award)
2015 Marissa King, Jennifer Jennings, and Jason Fletcher Yale School of Management, New York University, and University of Wisconsin-Madison "Medical Adaptation to Academic Pressure: Schooling, Stimulant Use, and Socioeconomic Status."  American Sociological Review
2014 Julia Burdick-Will Johns Hopkins University "School Violent Crime and Academic Achievement in Chicago." Sociology of Education 87(1).
2013 Florencia Torche New York University "Is a College Degree Still the Great Equalizer? Intergenerational Mobility across Levels of Schooling in the U.S."
2012 Jennie Brand University of California- Los Angeles "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 74: 685-708.
2010 Robert Crosnoe University of Texas "Low-Income Students and the Socioeconomic Composition of Public High Schools," American Sociological Review 74: 709-730.
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.




The Doris Entwisle Early Career Award in Sociology of Education

Doris Entwisle, Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University, was a notable leader in the sociology of education for nearly half a century. In 2014, the Sociology of Education Section named its Early Career Award after her and her family generously responded with a gift of $15,000 to endow the award for the next 20 years. The award, which comes with a monetary gift of $1,500 from the endowment, will be presented every other year to a sociology of education member who is early in his or her career, and who has made outstanding scholarly contributions to the sociology of education field.
2015 Laura Hamilton University of California-Merced Early Career Award