Section on Theory Past Award Recipients



The Theory Prize
The Theory Prize was first awarded in 1980.
 

YEAR

NAME

AFFILIATION AT TIME OF AWARD

TITLE

2013

Dan Silver

University of Toronto "The Moodiness of Action". Sociological Theory.

2012

John Levi Martin

University of Chicago 2011. The Explanation of Social Action. New York: Oxford University Press.

2011

Stephen Vaisey

  "Motivation and Justification: A Dual-Process Model of Culture in Action" (AJS, May 2009).

2010

John Levi Martin

University of Chicago

Social Structures. Princeton University Press, 2009.

2009

Andreas Wimmer

UCLA

 

2008

James M. Jasper and  William H. Sewell Jr.

 

Getting Your Way: Strategic Dilemmas in the Real World (University of Chicago Press) and Logics of History: Social Theory and Social Transformation (University of Chicago Press). 

2007

Jeffrey Alexander

 

"Cultural Pragmatics: Social Performance between Ritual and Strategy," published in Sociological Theory, 2004

2006

Karin Knorr Cetina and Urs Bruegger

 

"Global Microstructures: The Virtual Societies of Financial Markets," published in the American Journal of Sociology, 2002

2005

Noah Mark

Stanford University

"Culture and Competition: Homophily and Distancing Explanations for Cultural Niches"

2004

Andrew Abbott

University of Chicago

Chaos of the Disciplines (University of Chicago Press, 2001)

2003

Edward J. Lawler

Cornell University

“An Affect Theory of Social Exchange”

2002

R.S. Perinbanayagam

Hunter College of the City University of New York

The Presence of Self

2001

Paul DiMaggio

Princeton University

“Culture and Cognition”

2000

Carol A. Heimner and Lisa R. Staffen

Northwestern University

For the Sake of the Children: The Social Organization and Responsibility in the Hospital and the Home

1999

Noah Mark

Stanford University

“Beyond Individual Differences: Social Differentiation from First Principles.”

1998

Linda D. Molm

University of Arizona

Coercive Power in Social Exchange

1997

William H. Sewell, Jr.

University of Chicago

“Historical Events as Transformations of Structures: Inventing Revolution at the Bastille”

1996

Moishe Postone

University of Chicago

Time, Labor, and Social Domination: A Reinterpretation of Marx’s Critical Theory. 1993. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press.

1995

Carol A. Heimer

Northwestern University

“Doing Your Job and Helping Your Friends: Universalistic Norms about Obligations to Particular Others in Networks.” Pp. 143-164 in Networks and Organization: Structure, Form and Action, edited by N. Nohria and R. G. Eccles. 1995. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.

1994

Donald Black

University of Virginia

The Social Structure of Right and Wrong. 1993. San Diego: Academic Press.

1993

Michael W. Macy

Brandeis University

“Social Learning and the Structure of Collective Action.” Pp. 1-36 in Advances in Group Processes, Vol 10, edited by E. Lawler, B. Markovsky, K. Heimer, and J. O’Brien. 1993. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

1992

None given

   

1991

Alan Wolfe

 

“Mind, Self, Society, and Computer: Artificial Intelligence and the Sociology of Mind.” 1991. American Journal of Sociology 96:1073-1096.

1990

Stephen Kalberg

 

“Rationalization of Action in Max Weber's Sociology of Religion.” 1990. Sociological Theory 8: 58-84.

1989

Daniel Chambliss

Hamilton College

“The Mundanity of Excellence: An Ethnographic Report on Stratification and Olympic Swimmers.” 1989. Sociological Theory 7:70-86.

1988

None given

   

1987

Norbert Wiley

University of Illinois

“Early American Sociology and the Polish Peasant.” 1986. Sociological Theory 4: 21-40.

1986

Ann Shola Orloff Theda Skocpol

 

“Why Not Equal Protection? Explaining the Politics of Public School Spending in Britain, 1900-1911, and the United States, 1880's-1920's.” 1986. American Sociological Review 49: 726-50.

1985

Mark Granovetter

 

“Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problem of Embeddedness.” 1985. American Journal of Sociology 91: 418-510.

1984

Donald Carveth

 

“Psychoanalysis and Social Theory: The Hobbesian Problem Revisited.” 1984. Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought 7: 43-98.

1983

None given

   

1982

Randall Collins

 

“On the Microfoundations of Macrosociology.” 1981. American Journal of Sociology 86: 984-1014.

1981

None given

   

1980

David Rubinstein

 

“The Concepts of Action in the Social Sciences.” 1977. Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior 7: 209-236.

 

Shils-Coleman Prize for Best Graduate Student Paper
Award established in 1996.
 

YEAR

NAME

AFFILIATION AT TIME OF AWARD

TITLE

2013

Marco Garrido

University of  Michigan

"Place behind Segregating Practices: An Ethnographic Approach to the Symbolic Partitioning of Metro Manila."

2012

Margaret Frye

University of California- Berkeley

2012 "Bright Futures in Malawi's New Dawn: Educational Aspirations as Assertions of Identity." Forthcoming in American Journal of Sociology.

2011

Álvaro Santana Acuña

Harvard University

, "How a Literature Book Becomes a Classic: The Case of García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude"

2010

Jeremy Schulz,

University of California - Berkely.

"The Social and Cultural Construction of the Work-Private Life Boundry in Three Countries: A Comparative Study of the Evening Hours in the Lives of French, Norwegian and American Business Professionals."

2009

Michael Strand

Notre Dame

“Institutional Change as a Field Process: The Transformation of American Psychiatry, 1945-1980.”

2008

Erin Metz McDonnell

Northwestern University

“Budgetary Units: A Weberian Approach to Consumption”

2007

William Wood

Boston College

“(Virtual) Myths,” Critical Sociology, Vol 30, No 4 (July 2004)

2006

     

2005

Daniel E. Adkins

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

 

2004

Scott Washington

Princeton University

“Principles of Racial Taxonomy”

2003

Erika Summers-Effler

University of Pennsylvania

“The Micro Potential for Social Change: Emotion, Consciousness, and Social Movement Formation”

2002

Adam Isiah Green

New York University

“Gay But Not Queer: Toward a Post-Queer Study of Sexuality”

2001

Christopher Stevens

University of Virginia

“The Predictable Nature of the Balinese Cockfight”

2000

Alison Bianchi

Stanford University

“Sentiment and Status Process: A Test Between the Constitutive and Mediator Models”

1999

Eric M. Klinenberg

University of California, Berkeley

“Denaturalizing Disaster: A Social Autopsy of the 1995 Chicago Heat Wave”

1998

Wayne Brekhus

Rutgers University

“A Sociology of the Unmarked: Redirecting our Focus”

1997

Ivan Ermakoff

University of Chicago

“Aristocratic Marriages and Canon Law Prohibitions: Shifts in Norms and Patterns of Domination in the Central Middle Ages”

1996

Timothy James Berard

Boston University

“Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality, and the Reformulation of Social Theory”

 

Lewis A Coser Award for Theoretical Agenda-Setting
Award established in 2006.
 

YEAR

NAME

AFFILIATION AT TIME OF AWARD

2013

Omar Lizardo

University of Notre Dame

2012

Ivan Ermakoff

University of Wisconsin--Madison

2011

Philip Gorski

Yale University

2010

Mustafa Emirbayer

University of Wisconsin

2009

Loic Wacquant

University of California, Berekely

2008

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

2007

George Steinmetz

University of Michigan

2006

Margaret R. Somers

University of Michigan