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Recipients of the 2015 ASA Awards

The American Sociological Association proudly announces the recipients of the major awards for 2015. These outstanding scholars will be recognized at the 2015 Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony on Sunday, August 23, at 4:30 p.m. The Awards Ceremony will immediately precede the formal address of the ASA President Paula England. All registrants are invited to attend an Honorary Reception immediately following the address to congratulate President England and the award recipients.

The ASA awards are conferred on sociologists for outstanding publications and achievements in the scholarship, teaching, and the practice of sociology. Award recipients are selected by committees appointed by the ASA Committee on Committees and the ASA Council.

The officers of the Association extend heartfelt congratulations to the following honorees:

W.E.B. DuBois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award

John W. Meyer (Stanford University)

The W.E.B. DuBois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award honors scholars who have shown outstanding commitment to the profession of sociology and whose cumulative work has contributed in important ways to the advancement of the discipline. The body of lifetime work may include theoretical and/or methodological contributions. The award selection committee looked for work that substantially reorients the field in general or in a particular subfield.

Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award

Elizabeth A. Armstrong (University of Michigan) and Laura T. Hamilton (University of California-Merced) for Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality

This annual award is given for a single book or monograph published in the three preceding calendar years.

Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology

Eleanor Lyon (University of Connecticut)

This annual award honors outstanding contributions to sociological practice. The award recognizes work that has facilitated or served as a model for the work of others, work that has significantly advanced the utility of one or more specialty areas in sociology and, by so doing, has elevated the professional status or public image of the field as whole, or work that has been honored or widely recognized outside the discipline for its significant impacts, particularly in advancing human welfare.

Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award

Gwen Sharp (Nevada State College) and Lisa Wade (Occidental College) for “Sociological Images”

This award is given annually to honor outstanding contributions to the undergraduate and/or graduate teaching and learning of sociology, which improve the quality of teaching.

Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award

Howard Winant (University of California-Santa Barbara)

The Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award honors the intellectual traditions and contributions of Oliver Cox, Charles S. Johnson, and E. Franklin Frazier. The award is given either to a sociologist for a lifetime of research, teaching, and service to the community or to an academic institution for its work in assisting the development of scholarly efforts in this tradition.

Jessie Bernard Award

Nancy Naples (University of Connecticut)

The Jessie Bernard Award is given annually in recognition of scholarly work that has enlarged the horizons of sociology to encompass fully the role of women in society. The contribution may be in empirical research, theory, or methodology.

Excellence in the Reporting of Social Issues Award

Bill Moyers (Journalist, Moyers & Co.)

The Award for Excellence in the Reporting of Social Issues honors individuals for their promotion of sociological findings and a broader vision of sociology. The ASA would like to recognize the contributions of those who have been especially effective in disseminating sociological perspectives and research. The ASA is cognizant of the fact that there are many professionals (e.g., journalists, filmmakers) whose job it is to translate and interpret a wide range of information, including sociological perspectives and research, for the general public.

Public Understanding of Sociology Award

Katherine Shelley Newman (University of Massachusetts–Amherst)

This award is given annually to a person or persons who have made exemplary contributions to advance the public understanding of sociology, sociological research, and scholarship among the general public.

Dissertation Award

To be announced at a later date.

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