Section on Family


The Family Section gives four awards each year at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association.

Distinguished Career Award

This award recognizes the collective body of a person’s work as it relates to the sociology of the family (not a single publication). Award winners may be selected on the basis of distinguished contributions to either research or service. Service to the field includes developments (such as data sets, analytic techniques, or highly-cited scholarly publications) that have had a substantial impact on family research. Send a one-page justification with your nomination. The nominee’s CV is helpful but not necessary. The deadline is March 1, 2015.  Please send nominations to Karen Hansen (

Past Distinguished Career Award Recipients

2013 Suzanne Bianchi, University of California Los Angeles
2012 Sandra Hofferth, University of Maryland
2011 S. Philip Morgan
2010 Paula England, Stanford University
2009 Harriet J. Presser, University of Maryland, College Park
2008 Steven J. Nock, Awarded Posthumously
2007 Frances K. Goldscheider, Brown University
2006 Paul Amato, Pennsylvania State University
2005 Lynn White, University of Nebraska
2004 Sara McLanahan
2003 Andy Cherlin, John Hopkins University
2002 Alan Booth, Pennsylvania State University
2001 Frank Furstenberg Jr., University of Pennsylvania 
2000 Arland Thornton, University of Michigan
1999 William J. Goode, George Mason University
1998 Glen Elder, Jr., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1997 Larry Bumpass, University of Wisconsin, Madison
1996 Alice Rossi, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

William J. Goode Book Award

View the past William Goode Book Award recipients

This award is for a book published on the family in 2013 or 2014. To nominate a book, send a one-page justification. Self nominations are appropriate. Textbooks and edited volumes are not eligible. Please send copies of the nomination letters to each member of the committee as well as arrange with your publisher for the publisher to send a copy of the book directly to all members of the committee. The deadline to receive the letter of nomination is January 15, 2015. The books may arrive shortly thereafter. Please send books to: Annette Lareau, Department of Sociology, Room 288 McNeil Building, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6099. ( Committee members include: Amy Steinbugler, 5 N. Orange Street, Carlisle, PA 17013; Cecilia Menjivar, T Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-3701; Ann Meier, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota, 267 19th Ave S., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455; Kristen Harknett, 964 Rose Ave, Piedmont, CA 94611; and Judith Levine, Department of Sociology, Temple University, 713 Gladfelter Hall, 1115 West Polett Walk,
Philadelphia, Pa 19122

Article of the Year Award

This award recognizes a journal article that has made a significant contribution to the field of family sociology. The award committee will accept nominations for articles published in 2012, 2013, or 2014. Nominations may be made by the author or others. To nominate an article, please send a letter of nomination (not to exceed one page) that details the contribution of the article to the field of family sociology, as well as an electronic copy of the article, to the chair of the award committee, Christine Schwartz ( The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2015.

Past Article of the Year Award Recipients

2013 Liana Sayer, Paula England, Paul Allison, and Nicole Kangas; “She Left, He Left: How Employment and Satisfaction Affect Women’s and Men’s Decisions to Leave Marriages,” published in the American Journal of Sociology in 2011 (Vol. 116, No. 6, Pp. 1982-2018).

2012 Michelle Budig and Melissa Hodges; University of Massachusetts; “Differences in Disadvantage: Variation in the Motherhood Penalty across White Women’s Earnings Distribution,” published in the American Sociological Review in 2010 (Vol. 75, No. 5, Pp. 705-728). 

2011 Susan L. Brown and Wendy D. Mannin; “Family Boundary Ambiguity and the Measurement of Family Structure: The Significance of Cohabitation.” Demography 46:85-101.

Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award

Graduate students are invited to submit an article-length paper on the family. The paper should represent a finished product rather than a proposal for future work. The submission can be based on a course paper, a recently published journal article, a manuscript under review at a journal, or a conference presentation. Co-authored papers are acceptable if all authors are students, although the prize will be shared. The paper must have been written when the author was enrolled in a graduate program. Please send the paper by March 1, 2015 to Jenifer Bratter (

Past Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award Recipients

2013 Abigail Weitzman, New York University, “The Daughter Tax: The Effects of Daughters on Maternal Outcomes in the Developing World”


Abi Ocobock,University of Chicago, “The Power and Limits of Marriage: Married Gay Men’s Family Relationships”

Neha Gondal, Rutgers University, “Who ‘Fills in’ for Siblings and How? A Multilevel Analysis of Personal Network Composition and its Relationship to Sibling Size” 

2011 Kim, Hyun Sik, University of Wisconsin, "Consequences of Parental Divorce for Child Development"

2010 Cha, Youngjoo, Cornell University, "Reinforcing Separate Spheres: The Effect of Spousal Overwork on Men's and Women's Employment in Dual-Earner Households"

2009 Daniel Schneider, Princeton University, "Norms and Nuptials: The Changing Social Price of Marriage"  

2008 Sarah Halpern-Meekin and Laura Tach, "Heterogeneity in Two-Parent Families and Adolescent Well-Being"  

2007 Christopher Wildeman, Princeton University, Parental Imprisonment, the Prison Boom, and the Concentration of Childhood Disadvantage  

2006 Sarah Winslow-Bowe, University of Pennsylvania, “The Persistence of Wives’ Income Advantage”  

2005 Jennifer L. Hook, University of Washington, “Care in Context: Men's Unpaid Work in 20 Countries, 1965-1998”  

2004 Jennifer Lundquist, "An Examination of One Institution Within Another: Does the Black-White Marriage Differential Exist in A Total Institution?"  


Penelope Huang, University of Washington, “The Price of Parenthood: Examining Gendered Wage Penalties for Leave Taking”

Makiko Fuwa, University of California, Irvine, “Macro-level Gender Inequality and the Division of Housework: A Cross-National Study”  


Lori Wiebold-Lippisch, University of Kansas, “The Unglorified Self: Identity Transformation of Parental Caregivers”

Matthew Weinshenker, University of Chicago, “Imagining Family Roles: Parental Influence on the Expectations of Adolescents in Dual-Career Families”  

2001 Natalia Sarkisian, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, “More or Less Kin: Assessing the Debates on Kin Support in Euro and African American Families”  


Kathryn Harker, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, “Immigrant Generation, Assimilation and Adolescent Psychology Wellbeing”  

Laura Burns, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, “The Quality of Adolescent Siblings Relationships: Does Biographical Relatedness of Family Structure Matter”  

1999 Cesar Rebellon, Emory University, “Reconsidering the Broken Homes/Delinquency Relationship and Specifying its Mediating Mechanisms”  


Mick Cunningham, University of Michigan, “Parental Influences on Adolescent Attitudes Toward Household Labor”

Maureen Sullivan, University of California-Davis, “Alma Mater: Family ‘Outings’ and the Making of the Mode Other Mother (MOM)”  

1997 Amy Kroska, University of Indiana, “The Division of Labor in the Home: A Review and Re-conceptualization”  

1996 Renate Reimann, City University of New York Graduate Center, "Does Biology Matter? Biological Motherhood and the Division of Labor in Lesbian Nuclear Families"  

1995 Heather Koball, Brown University, “Men’s Marriage Timing Across Cohorts and Race”