American Sociological Association

Public Understanding of Sociology ASA Award

Award Description

The Public Understanding of Sociology Award is given annually to an ASA member, person or persons, who have made exemplary contributions to advance the public understanding of sociology, sociological research, and scholarship among the general public. The award may recognize a contribution in the preceding year or for a longer career of such contributions. Nominations should include the nominee's vita and a detailed one to two page nomination statement that describes how the person's work has contributed to increasing the public understanding and knowledge of sociology. PLEASE NOTE: The nominator must also include additionally three to four nomination letters within their nomination before sending the nomination to ASA. The nominator may also include the evidence supporting the claims made in the nomination letter(s). If these above requirements are not met the committee will not be able to accept the nomination.

Send nominations to: American Sociological Association, c/o Governance, 1430 K Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005; fax: (202) 638-0882; e-mail governance@asanet.org. The deadline for the 2018 award is January 31, 2017.

Name Begin End Position
Christopher Uggen 1/1/2015 12/31/2017 Member
Lester R. Kurtz 1/1/2015 12/31/2017 Member
Margaret Abraham 1/1/2016 12/31/2018 Member
Steven A. Tuch 1/1/2016 12/31/2018 Member
C.J. Pascoe 1/1/2016 12/31/2018 Member
Jose Zapata Calderon 1/1/2017 12/31/2017 Chair
Michael O. Emerson 1/1/2017 12/31/2019 Member
Sabrina Alimahomed-Wilson 1/1/2017 12/31/2019 Member
Julie A. Dowling 1/1/2017 12/31/2019 Member

Recipients of Public Understanding Major ASA Award

2016 - Joel Best

2015 - Katherine Shelley Newman

2014 - Juliet B. Schor

2013 - Ruth Milkman

2012 - Douglas S. Massey

2011 - Barbara Risman

2010 - Valerie Jenness & Doris Wilkinson (co-winners)

2009 - Jack Levin

2008 - David Segal & Shirley Laska (co-winners)

2007 - Andrew Beveridge

2006 - Diane Vaughan

2005 - Pepper Schwartz

2004 - Jerome Scott and Walda Katz Fishman

2003 - Frances Fox Piven

2002 - No award presented

2001 - Alan Wolfe

2000 - Arlie Hochschild

1999 - Herbert J. Gans

1998 - William Julius Wilson

1997 - Charles Moskos

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