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Major Award Recipients Honored in Chicago

The 2002 recipients of the major ASA awards were honored on August 17 at the Awards Ceremony during the Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. Nancy Denton, Chair of the ASA Committee on Awards, presided over the ceremony, which was attended by Annual Meeting participants, friends, family, and colleagues of the award recipients.

The ASA awards are the highest honor that the Association confers, with selections made by committees directly appointed by ASA Council. The following citations for the 2002 Award winners are adapted from the introduction for each award by Award Selection Committee Chairs.

Dissertation Award

Kieran Healy, Princeton University (2001)

The Dissertation Award honors the best PhD dissertation for a calendar year from among those submitted by advisors and mentors in the discipline. Healyís dissertation, titled Exchange in Blood and Organs, focuses on the arrangements by which body parts are allocated to patients in need when (as is always the case) the demand exceeds the supply. Such choices are, at their core, exercises in moral reasoning, and as we are moving toward markets for sperm, eggs, and even DNA, the issues are of paramount social importance. Healy takes this far beyond individual actors making altruistic choices, however, by showing first that donation rates vary systematically in ways individual-level theories cannot explain. This variation then becomes the empirical puzzle of the dissertation, a puzzle to which he brings a comparative, institutional approach and a strategic mix of methods and levels of analysis.

Jessie Bernard Award

Barrie Thorne, University of California-Berkeley

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. As a scholar, researcher, teacher, and mentor, Thorne exemplifies the outstanding qualities and achievements of Jessie Bernard. Thorneís contributions to sociological and feminist thought have been far-reaching. Her mentoring, activism, and teaching have enlightened and inspired many people and will extend her legacy far into the future. Thorne has continually identified important topics ahead of her time. Her research on gender has been particularly influential, along with her work on childhood, language, and social change. Thorneís scholarship has challenged conventional sociological thinking, broadening and deepening the discipline. Her articles are reprinted widely and reach scholars and publics in diverse fields. Thorneís collection, Rethinking the Family: Some Feminist Questions, first published in 1982 (revised edition 1992), helped reshape the study of the family.

DuBois-Johnson-Frazier Award

Walter R. Allen, University of California-Los Angeles

This annual award, which honors the intellectual traditions of W.E.B. DuBois, Charles S. Johnson, and E. Franklin Frazier, is given for either 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. Allenís record of research, teaching and service to the wider discipline and broader community has been outstanding. He has made several important research contributions in the fields of the African-American family, higher education, and the demography of race. In the tradition of DuBois, Johnson, and Frazier, Walter Allen has also recruited a large number of students that he has introduced to the life of scholarship. Over the years, Allen has co-authored many publications with his students, and several of them are current members of ASA today. Allenís research has continued to make numerous contributions to the discipline of sociology, while serving as the basis of his efforts to create a more just society.

Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology

Lloyd H. Rogler, Fordham University

This award goes to individuals who, in making contributions to the practice of sociology, have advanced the utility of the discipline, elevated the status of sociology in the publicís mind, contributed to the development of the field, and advanced human welfare in our community. Rogler is a most fitting candidate. His research and service activities have been directed to addressing and advancing the mental health concerns of our citizenry, particularly immigrants and most particularly Hispanics residing in distressed neighborhoods. His interdisciplinary work has drawn from, and contributed to, pioneering research in sociology, psychiatry, and psychology. For more than 40 years he has contributed to the practice of sociology as a teacher, researcher, and public servant. Rogler personifies the distinguished practice of sociology. His decades of outstanding service make him a most worthy recipient of the award.

Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award

John J. Macionis, Kenyon College

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. For more than 20 years, Macionis has been a leader in introducing students to sociology, in developing and sharing technology related to teaching, and in reflecting in writing on the communication of our discipline. Macionis is best known for his textbooks that introduce students to sociology. His introductory text, Sociology, was first published in 1987, and within two years, it became the best-selling introductory text. Macionisís texts are especially highly regarded for two reasons. First, he has been a leader in developing and integrating teaching technologies. Second, Macionisís personal and professional interests in the global world have been incorporated in his teaching career and in his writings. The efforts of all of us to involve our students in sociology have been enhanced by his textbooks, articles in Teaching Sociology, presentations on college campuses, and enthusiasm for the teaching of sociology.

Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award

Alejandro Portes, Princeton University, and Ruben Rumbaut, Michigan State University

This annual award is given for a single book or monograph published in the three preceding calendar years. The winner of this award gives the Sorokin Lecture at a meeting of a regional or state sociological association. Portesí and Rumbautís book, Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation (University of California Press and Russell Sage Foundation, 2001), is the first large-scale study of the teenage children of post-1965 immigrants in San Diego and Miami. Following 4,200 children over a period of four years, using interviews with students and parents and school records to chart the trajectories of acculturation, the authors identify three patterns (dissonant, consonant, and selective acculturation) to describe the teensí adoption of American ways and English language, and their relationship with their parents. By casting a wide net to assess school performance, self-esteem, racial identity, and language skills, Portes and Rumbaut have provided a rich narrative about the lives of second-generation immigrants and their parents. This book contributes a new theoretical framework for understanding assimilation, data on different ethnic groups and their experiences, myth-busting evidence about immigrants, and useful information to reconsider public policies and programs concerning immigration.

Career of Distinguished Scholarship

Gerhard E. Lenski, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

This annual award honors a scholar who has shown outstanding commitment to the profession of sociology and whose cumulative work has contributed in important ways to the advancement of the discipline. During more than 50 years of groundbreaking, interdisciplinary scholarship, Lenski has developed social theory that guides concrete research. He has made lasting contributions to the sociology of religion, social stratification, the development of evolutionary social theory, and comparative macrosociology. Seminal works, such as The Religious Factor and Power and Privilege, remain influential today. Lenski has been an admired and effective advisor and mentor to graduate students, whose work and careers he has influenced greatly. Notably, Lenski has made very important contributions to undergraduate education, particularly to the teaching of Introductory Sociology. Lenskiís scholarship is wide ranging, both historically and geographically; it is theoretical, but also empirically grounded. Lenskiís career in sociology has been remarkable for its contribution to scholarship and for his contribution of the education of graduate and undergraduate students.