American Sociological Association

Children and Youth Award Recipient History

Section on Children and Youth Distinguished Career Award

2019: Glen H. Elder, Jr., University of North Carolina

2016: Jeylan Mortimer, University of Minnesota

2013: William Corsaro, Indiana University


Distinguished Career Service Award

2017: Jens Qvortrup, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

2013: Viviana Zelizer, Princeton University


Distinguished Contribution to Advocacy

2011: Council on Contemporary Families, Co-Chairs: Joshua Coleman and Stephanie Coontz

2008: Strategies for Children, Boston, Massachusetts

2005: Kristin Anderson Moore, Child Trends, Inc.


Section on Children and Youth Distinguished Early Career Award

2020: Eve Ewing, University of Chicago

2020: Jerry Flores, University of Toronto 

2018: Jessica Calarco, Indiana University, and Emily Smith-Greenaway, University of Southern California

2015: Kristin Turney, University of California, Irvine

2012: Stefani Mollborn, University of Colorado, Boulder

2010: Allison Pugh, University of Virginia

2009: Lori Peek, Colorado State University

2006: Amanda E. Lewis, University of Chicago

2003: Robert Crosnoe, University of Texas, Austin


Section on Children and Youth Graduate Student Paper Award

2020: Christina Cross, Harvard University, "Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Association Between Family Structure and Children's Education", Journal of Marriage and Family, 82(2), 691-712.

2020 Honorable Mention: Carolina Valdivia, Harvard University, "'I became a Mom Overnight": How Parental Detentions and Deportations Impact Young Adults' Roles and Educational Trajectories."  

2019: Peter Harvey, University of Pennsylvania, "Not So Easy: Lessons in Body Management in an Elite Elementary School"

2019 Honorable Mention: Mai Thai, Indiana University, "Valorization as Symbolic Social Control: Youth and the Junior Police Academy"

2018: Heidi Gansen, University of Michigan, "Reproducing (and Disrupting) Heteronormativity: Gendered Sexual Socialization in Preschool Classrooms," Sociology of Education 90(3):255-272. 2017.

2018: Melissa Osborne, University of Chicago, "Learning to Play the Field: Considering the Extended Advantage of Elite Secondary Education for Low-Income and First-Generation College Students"

2017: Michela Musto, “Becoming Geniuses and Leaders: Gender, Academic Tracking and Boy’s Misbehaviors in Middle School”

2016: Caitlin Daniel, “Economic Constraints on Taste Formation and the True Cost of Healthy Eating," Social Science & Medicine 148:34-41. 2016.

2016: Frank Edwards, “Saving Children, Controlling Families: Punishment, Redistribution, and Child Protection,” American Sociological Review 81(3):575-595. 2016.

2015: Hyeyoung Kwon, “Familial Double Bind: The Work of Children in Immigrant Families”

2014: Anthony Jack, Harvard University, “Culture Shock Revisited: The Social and Cultural Contingencies to Class Marginality,” Sociological Forum 29(2):453-475. 2014.

2013: Daniel Herda, University of California, Davis, “The Specter of Discrimination: Reported Racial Discrimination Fear among Minority Adolescents in Chicago,” Social Science Research 55:48-62. 2016.

2012: Jennifer Augustine, Rice University, "Maternal Education, Family Structure, and the Diverging Destinies of Children," Demography 49(4):1361–1383. 2012.

2011: Hyun Sik Kim, University of Wisconsin, “Consequences of Parental Divorce for Child Development,” American Sociological Review 76(3):487-511. 2011.

2011: Liza Steele, Princeton University, “'Gift from God': Adolescent Motherhood and Religion in Brazilian Favelas,” Sociology of Religion 72(1):4-27. 2011.

2010: Emily Rauscher, New York University, "Producing Adulthood: Adolescent Employment, Fertility, and the Life Course," Social Science Research 40(2):552-571.

2009: Kyle Longest, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "Popularity Lost: Identity Status and its Consequences During the Transmission to Adulthood”

2008: Hilary Levey, Princeton University, "Which One Is Yours?: Children and Ethnography," Qualitative Sociology 32(3):311-331. 2009.

2007: Karl Bryant, University of California, San Diego, "Making Gender Identity Disorder of Childhood: Historical Lessons for Contemporary Debates," Sexuality Research & Social Policy 3(3):23-39. 2006.

2007: Christopher Wildeman, Princeton University, "Parental Imprisonment, the Prison Boom, and the Concentration of Childhood Disadvantage,” Demography 46(2):265-280. 2009.

2006: Natasha K. Warikoo, University of London, “Youth Culture and Peer Status Among Children of Immigrants in London and New York: Assessing the Cultural Explanation for Downward Assimilation”

2005: Hiromi Ishizawa, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, "Minority Language Use Among Grandchildren in Multigenerational Households," Sociological Perspectives 47(4):465-483. 2004.

2003: Christine Carter, University of California, Berkeley, “Love Comes in Different Package: The Effect of Family Social Capital on Childhood Thriving”

2001: Suzanne Ryan, Carolina Population Center, “Effects of Family Structure History and Poverty on Adolescent Emotional Health”

2000: Tiffani Chin, University of California, Los Angeles, “Sixth Grade Madness: Parental Emotion Work in the Private High School Application Process”

1999: Saeko Kikuzawa, Indiana University, “Family Composition and Sex Differential Mortality Among Children in Early Modern Japan: Evidence from Yokouchi, 1671-1871,” Social Science History 23(10:99-127. 1999.

1999: Robert Crosnoe, Stanford University, “High School Curriculum Track and Adolescent Association with Deviant Friends,” Journal of Adolescent Research 17(2): 143-167. 2002.

1998: Lisa Sun-Hee Park, Northwestern University, “Growing up Too Fast and Not Fast Enough: The Work and Responsibilities of Entrepreneurial Children”

1997: Laurie Scarborough Voss, Northwestern University, “Teaching, Disputing, and Playing: Cross-Gender Interaction and Space Utilization among First and Third Graders”

Section on Children and Youth Outstanding Scholarly Contribution Award

2020: Emir Estrada, Arizona State University, Kids at Work: Latinx Families Selling Food on the Streets of Los Angeles

2019: Florencia Torche, "Prenatal Exposure to an Acute Stressor and Children’s Cognitive Outcomes,” Demography 55(5):1611-1639. 2018.

2019 Honorable Mention: Matthew Rafalow, “Disciplining Play: Digital Youth Culture as Capital at School,” American Journal of Sociology 123(5):1416-1452. 2018.

2018: Leslie Wang, Outsourced Children: Orphanage Care and Adoption in Globalizing China. Stanford University Press. 2016.

2017: Anna S. Mueller and Seth Abrutyn, “Adolescents under Pressure: A New Durkheimian Framework for Understanding Adolescent Suicide in a Cohesive Community,” American Sociological Review 81(5):877-899. 2016.

2016: Alice Fothergill and Lori Peek, Children of Katrina. University of Texas Press. 2015.

2015: Seth Abrutyn and Anna S. Mueller, “Are suicidal behaviors contagious in adolescence? Using longitudinal data to examine suicide suggestion,” American Sociological Review 79(2):211-227. 2014.

2014: Edward Morris, University of Kentucky, Learning the Hard Way, Masculinity, Place and the Gender Gap in Education. Rutgers University Press. 2012.

2014: Elizabeth Armstrong, University of Michigan, and Laura Hamilton, University of California, Merced, Paying for the Party: How College Maintains. Harvard University Press. 2013.

2012: Amy Schalet, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Not Under My Roof : Parents, Teens, and the Culture of Sex. University of Chicago Press. 2011.

2010: Alison Pugh, University of Virginia

2007: Laurie Schaffner, University of Illinois, Chicago, Girls in Trouble with the Law. Rutgers University Press. 2006.

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