American Sociological Association

Section on Sociology of Sexualities

Michael Kimmel Announces the 2014 Martin P. Levine Memorial Dissertation Award Winner/Honorary Mention

June 13, 2014 - For Immediate Release

Washington, DC - The ASA Section on the Sociology of Sexualities is pleased to share the recent announcement of the 2014 Martin P. Levine Fellowship recipient and honorary mention. Granting $3,000.00 to a winner, and $500.00 to a honorary mention, this is still the single, largest award offered through the American Sociological Association.

Professor Michael Kimmel, who manages the estate of this fellowship, has made public that Kate Averett (UT Austin) has been selected the winner of this award for her proposal: “Gender, Sexuality, the Family, and Homeschooling.” This project examines changing discourses of childhood gender and sexuality in the United States, looking at the motivations of parents who homeschool their children to reveal some of the ways that gender and sexuality factor in to parents’ decisions about what children need and who can best provide it.

This year, the committee, led by Kimmel, also selected an Honorable Mention, which goes to Abigail Ocobock (University of Chicago), for her proposal: “The Invisible Hand of marriage: Gay men and lesbians’ relationships in a new institutional context.” Her dissertation investigates how marital access and status shape gay men and lesbians’ couple, family, and community relationships. It is a mixed methods project that compares the experiences of married and unmarried gay men and lesbians with access to legal marriage in Massachusetts to those without access to legal marriage in Indiana.

The committee is comprised of Kimmel (Chair), and changes every year, with new ASA section/caucus leadership. This year, Kimmel was joined by the Chair of the Sex and Gender Section (CJ Pascoe), the Chair of the Sexualities Section (Salvador Vidal-Ortiz), and a representative from the LGBT Caucus (Michael Yarbrough).

As a section that actively supports this award every year, we are extremely enthusiastic about this year’s selection, and look forward to honoring them this August in San Francisco. Vidal-Ortiz, Chair of the Sexualities Section, noted: “the scholarship produced in this competition has shown tremendous potential to engage serious theoretical issues in sexuality; in addition, these projects think about gender and sexuality in critical ways, and engage the issues of our times with a critical lens.”

About the Award

The Martin Levine Memorial Dissertation Award was established to honor the memory of Martin Levine, who died of AIDS in 1993.  It provides $3,000 to a graduate student (and $500 to an honorable mention) in the final stages of dissertation research and writing, who is working on those topics to which Levine devoted his career: 1) the sociology of sexualities, 2) the sociology of homosexuality, and 3) HIV/AIDS research.  It is designed to help students complete their dissertations, and as such the committee evaluates dissertation proposals rather than completed work.

Contact the Section

Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director, Department of Sociology, American University
Chair, Section on the Sociology of Sexualities, American Sociological Association