American Sociological Association

Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award


In 1971 the ASA Council established the DuBois-Johnson-Frazier Award to honor the intellectual traditions and contributions of W.E.B. DuBois, Charles S. Johnson, and E. Franklin Frazier. In 2006, members of the Association voted to change the name of this award to the Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award in honor of Oliver Cox, the first recipient of the award, after W.E.B. DuBois’ name was applied to another award. 


The Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award is given to an individual or individuals for their work in the intellectual traditions of the work of Oliver Cox, Charles S. Johnson, and E. Franklin Frazier, three African American scholars. Cox, Johnson, and Frazier placed their scholarship in service to social justice, with an eye toward advancing the status of disadvantaged populations. Their scholarship was not limited to just the gathering of more data, but was rather scholarship that was attempting to better conditions globally.  Cox, Johnson, and Frazier worked to broaden the thinking of society and to broaden what the mainstream included.

In the spirit of the lifetime efforts of Cox, Johnson, and Frazier, the committee invites nominations of individuals or institutions with a record of outstanding work, such as, but not limited to:

  • Work on social justice issues
  • Work on human rights
  • Activism, community efforts, the building of institutions, or sustaining programs
  • Emphasis on African American or similarly disadvantaged racial/ethnic populations that have experienced historical racial discrimination

Occasionally, institutional commitment to social justice, to broadening the tradition to including and empowering marginalized scholars and marginalized peoples, is so compelling that this award can recognize a communal institutional effort.

Nomination Procedures

Any nomination without a vita will not be considered. Former students are encouraged to nominate candidates but not the current students of potential nominees.

Nominations should include a one to two-page cover letter that explains why the individual or institution fits the criteria, a CV, and three to four additional letters of recommendation, but no more than five letters altogether.

In addition to the nomination materials described above, complete and submit the required nomination form available for download as a Word file here. Then send all materials via email to with the name of the award and nominee in the subject line. The deadline for nominations for the 2020 award is January 31, 2019. 


Selection Committee Members

The selection committee is composed of nine members, each serving a staggered three-year term. Members are appointed from among the Association membership by the Council based on the recommendation of the Committee on Committees.

Name Begin End Position
Cawo Mohamed Abdi 1/1/2016 12/31/2018 Member
Stacye Annyna Blount 1/1/2018 12/31/2020 Member
Rodney D. Coates 1/1/2016 12/31/2018 Member
Tyrone A. Forman 1/1/2016 12/31/2018 Member
Onoso Ikphemi Imoagene 1/1/2017 12/31/2019 Member
Elaine Bell Kaplan 1/1/2018 12/31/2018 Chair
Karyn Lacy 1/1/2018 12/31/2020 Member
Becky Pettit 1/1/2018 12/31/2020 Member
Edward E. Telles 1/1/2017 12/31/2019 Member


(Originally a biennial award for work in the tradition of DuBois, Johnson, and Frazier; now annual for work in the tradition of Cox, Johnson, and Frazier.)

2018 - Joe R. Feagin

2017 - Mary Romero

2016 - Thomas Fraser Pettigrew

2015 - Howard Winant

2014 - Richard O. Hope

2013 - Elijah Anderson

2012 - James W. Loewen

2011 - Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

2010 - Delores P. Aldridge

2009 - Aldon Morris

2008 - Cora B. Marrett

2007 - Jorge Bustamante

2006 - Rutledge M. Dennis

2005 - no recipient

2004 - Sociology Department at Washington State University

2003 - John Moland, Jr.

2002 - Walter R. Allen

2001 - Troy Duster

2000 - Charles U. Smith

1999 - no award given

1998 - Howard F. Taylor

1997 - G. Franklin Edwards

1996 - Edgar G. Epps

1994 - Charles V. Willie

1992 - Andrew Billingsley

1990 - William Julius Wilson

1988 - Doris Y. Wilkinson

1986 - James E. Blackwell

1984 - Joyce A. Ladner

1982 - Daniel C. Thompson

1980 - Joseph S. Himes

1978 - Ira DeAugustine Reid

1976 - Hylan G. Lewis

1973 - St. Clair Drake

1971 - Oliver Cromwell Cox

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