American Sociological Association

Collective Behavior and Social Movements Award Recipient History

The Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements' Charles Tilly Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award

Established in 1986 to honor a significant contribution, the award recognizes a publication that has added to the field. In 1990, the Section gave this award as the Best Study of 1988-1989 Award.

2020: Jen Schradie, The Revolution That Wasn’t: How Digital Activism Favors Conservatives. Harvard University Press. 2019.

2020: Robert Braun, Protectors of Pluralism: Religious Minorities and the Rescue of Jews in the Low Countries during the Holocaust. Cambridge University Press. 2019.  

2019: Diana Fu, Mobilizing without the Masses: Control and Contention in China. Cambridge University Press. 2018.
Tamara Kay and R.L. Evans, Trade Battles: Activism and the Politicization of International Trade Policy. Oxford University Press. 2018.

2018: Neil Ketchley, Egypt in a Time of Revolution: Contentious Politics and the Arab Spring. Cambridge University Press. 2017.

2018: Chris Zepeda-Millan, Latino Mass Mobilization: Immigration, Racialization, and Activism. Cambridge University Press. 2017.

2017: Erica Simmons, Meaningful Resistance: Market Reforms and the Roots of Social Protest in Latin America. Cambridge University Press. 2016.

2016: Daniel Schlozman, When Movements Anchor Parties: Electoral Alignments in American History. Princeton University Press. 2015.

2015: Katrina Kimport, Queering Marriage: Challenging Family Formation in the United States. Rutgers University Press. 2013.

2015: Edward T. Walker, Grassroots for Hire: Public Affairs Consultants in American Democracy. Cambridge University Press. 2014.

2014: Isaac William Martin, Rich People’s Movements: Grassroots Campaigns to Untax the One Percent. Oxford University Press. 2013.

2014 Honorable Mention: David Cunningham, Klansville, U.S.A.: The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights-Era Ku Klux Klan. Oxford University Press. 2013.

2013: Kathleen Blee, Democracy in the Making: How Activist Groups Form. 2012.

2013 Honorable Mention: Guillermo Trejo, Popular Movements in Autocracies: Religion, Repression and Indigenous Collective Action in Mexico. Cambridge University Press. 2012.

2012: Drew Halfmann, Doctors and Demonstrators: How Political Institutions Shape Abortion Law in the United States, Britain, and Canada. University of Chicago Press. 2011.

2010: Javier Auyero and Débora Alejandra Swistun, Flammable: Environmental Suffering in an Argentine Shantytown. Oxford University Press. 2009.

2010: Nancy Whittier, The Politics of Child Sexual Abuse: Emotion, Social Movements, and the State. Oxford University Press. 2009.

2009: Maren Klawiter, The Biopolitics of Breast Cancer: Changing Cultures of Disease and Activism. University Of Minnesota Press. 2008.

2008: Roger Karapin, Protest Politics in Germany: Movements on the Left and Right Since the 1960s. Pennsylvania State University Press. 2007.

2007: Francesca Polletta, It Was Like a Fever: Storytelling in Protest and Politics. University of Chicago Press. 2006.

2006: Gene Burns, The Moral Veto: Framing Contraception, Abortion, and Cultural Pluralism in the United States. Cambridge University Press. 2005.

2004: Myra Marx Ferree, William Anthony Gamson, Jürgen Gerhards, and Dieter Rucht, Shaping Abortion Discourse: Democracy and the Public Sphere in Germany and the United States.Cambridge University Press. 2002.

2003: Francesca Polletta, Freedom is an Endless Meeting. University of Chicago Press. 2002.

2002: Jeff Goodwin, No Other Way Out: States and Revolutionary Movements, 1945-1991. Cambridge University Press. 2001.

2002: Dingxin Zhao, The Power of Tiananmen: State-Sociecty Relations and the 1989 Beijing Student Movement. University of Chicago Press. 2001.

2000: Rebecca Klatch, A Generation Divided: The New Left, the New Right, and the 1960s. University of California Press. 1999.

1998: Nicola Beisel, Imperiled Innocents: Anthony Comstock and Family Reproduction in Victorian America. Princeton University Press. 1997.

1996: Charles Tilly, Popular Contention in Great Britain: 1758-1834. Harvard University Press. 1995.

1994: Clark McPhail, The Myth of the Madding Crowd. Aldine Transaction. 1991.

1992: Sidney Tarrow, Democracy & Disorder: Protest & Politics in Italy, 1965-1975. Oxford University Press. 1989.

1990: Rick Fantasia, Cultures of Solidarity: Consciousness, Action, & Contemporary American Workers. University of California Press. 1988.

1990: Doug McAdam, Freedom Summer. Oxford University Press. 1988. 

1988: John Lofland, Protest: Studies of Collective Behavior and Social Movements. Transaction Publishers. 1985.


The Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements’ Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Article Award

2020: Yao Lu, Columbia University, "Empowerment or Disintegration? Migration, Social Institutions, and Collective Action in Rural China" American Journal of Sociology 125(3): 683-729. 2019.

2019: Yan Long, “The Contradictory Impact of Transnational AIDS Institutions on State Repression in China, 1989–2013,” American Journal of Sociology 124(2):309-366. 2018.

2018: Yao Lu and Ran Tao, "Organizational Structure and Collective Action: Lineage Networks, Semiautonomous Civic Associations, and Collective Resistance in Rural China," American Journal of Sociology 122(6):1726-1774. 2017.

2018 Honorable Mention: Kiyoteru Tsutsui, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, "Human Rights and Minority Activism in Japan: Transformation of Movement Actorhood and Local-Global Feedback Loop," American Journal of Sociology 122(4):1050-1103. 2017.

2017: Paul Ingram, Columbia University, and Brian S. Silverman, University of Toronto, “The Cultural Contingency of Structure: Evidence from Entry to the Slave Trade In and Around the Abolition Movement,” American Journal of Sociology 122(3):755–797. 2016.


The Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements' Best Published Article Award

2016: Ion Bogdan Vasi and Edward Walker, “'No Fracking Way!' Documentary Film, Discursive Opportunity, and Local Opposition against Hydraulic Fracturing in the United States, 2010 to 2013,” American Sociological Review 80(5):934-959. 2015.

2015: Rory McVeigh, David Cunningham, and Justin Farrell, “Political Polarization as a Social Movement Outcome: 1960s Klan Activism and Its Enduring Impact on Political Realignment in Southern Counties, 1960 to 2000,” American Sociological Review 79(6):1144-1171. 2014.

2014: Doron Shultziner, "The Social-Psychological Origins of the Montgomery Bus Boycott: Social Interaction and Humiliation in the Emergence of Social Movements," Mobilization 18(2):117-142. 2013.

2014 Honorable Mention: Genevieve Zubrzycki, “Aesthetic revolt and the remaking of national identity in Québec,” Theory and Society 42(5):423-475. 2013.

2013: Kevan Harris, "The Brokered Exuberance of the Middle Class: An Ethnographic Analysis of Iran's 2009 Green Movement," Mobilization 17(4):435-55. 2012.

2013 Honorable Mention: Hyojoung Kim and Steven Pfaff, "Structure and Dynamics of Religious Insurgency: Students and the Spread of the Reformation," American Sociological Review 77(2):188-215. 2012.

2012: Amin Ghaziani and Delia Baldassarri, "Cultural Anchors and the Organization of Differences: A Multi-method Analysis of LGBT Marches on Washington," American Sociological Review 76(2):179-206. 2011.

2011: Robert W. White, "Structural Identity Theory and the Post-Recruitment Activism of Irish Republicans: Persistence, Disengagement, Splits, and Dissidents in Social Movement Organizations," Social Problems 57(3):341-370. 2010.

2009: Elizabeth A. Armstrong and Mary Bernstein, "Culture, Power, and Institutions: A Multi-Institutional Politics Approach to Social Movements," Sociological Theory 26(1):74-99. 2008.

2008: Caroline Lee, "Is There a Place for Private Conversation in Public Dialogue?" American Journal of Sociology 113(1):41-96. 2007.

2007: Elizabeth A. Armstrong and Suzanna M. Crage, "Movements and Memory: The Making of the Stonewall Myth," American Sociological Review 71(5):724-751. 2006.

2006: Edwin Amenta, Neal Caren, and Sheera Joy Olasky, "Age for leisure? Political Mediation and the Impact of the Pension Movement on US Old-Age Policy," American Sociological Review 70(3):516-538. 2005.

2004: Paul Almeida, "Opportunity Organizations and Threat-Induced Contention: Protest Waves in Authoritarian Settings," American Journal of Sociology 109(2):345-400. 2003.

2003: Bert Useem and Jack A. Goldstone, "Forging Social Order and Its Breakdown: Riot and Reform in U.S. Prisons," American Sociological Review 67(4):499-525. 2002.

2002: Steven Pfaff and Guobin Yang, "Double-edged Rituals and the Symbolic Resources of Collective Action: Political Commemorations and the Mobilization of Protest in 1989," Theory and Society 30(4):539-589. 2001.


The Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements’ Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Dissertation Award

2020: Tyson Patros, University of California, Irvine, “The Links on the Chain: Popular Uprisings and Political Re-constitutions in the Global Middle East and North Africa”

2019: Anjuli N. Fahlberg, Northeastern University, “Activism Under Fire: Violence, Poverty, and Collective Action in Rio de Janeiro” 

2019 Honorable Mention: Heidi Reynolds-Stenson, University of Arizona, “‘Building a Wall of Resistance:’ Collective Action and Rationality in the Anti-Terror Age”

2018: Michelle Oyakawa, Ohio State University, "Building a Movement in the Non-Profit Industrial Complex"

2017: Yang Zhang, "Insurgent Dynamics: The Coming of the Chinese Rebellions, 1850-1873"

2016: Daniel Escher, “Unmoving People, Removing Mountains: Coal Mining, Cultural Matching, and Mobilization in Central Appalachia”

The Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements' Mayer N. Zald Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Student Paper Award

This award was established in 1992. The section chose to present one award each year, giving the Student Award in odd-numbered years and the Book Award in even-numbered years.

2020: Anna Zhelnina, CUNY Grad Center. “The Apathy Syndrome: How We Are Trained Not to Care About Politics.” 

2020 Honorable Mention: Alejandro Márquez, University of Texas – Austin. “Detached Attachments: Dealing with and Preventing Burnout among Caregivers in the Immigrant Rights Movement.”

2019: Jennifer E. Cossyleon, Loyola University Chicago, “‘Coming Out of My Shell:’ Motherleaders Contesting Fear, Vulnerability, and Despair through Family-focused Community Organizing”

2019 Honorable Mention: Yewon Lee, University of California – Los Angeles, “Reframing Gentrification: How Tenant Shopkeepers’ Activism in Seoul Radically Reframed Gentrification”

2018: Chloe Haimson, University of Wisconsin, "Interactional Resistance During Black Lives Matter Protests: The Political Stakes of Rebelling Against the Public Order"

2018 Honorable Mention: Didem Turkoglu, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "As Tuition Rises: Opposition to the Neoliberalization of Higher Education"

2017: Anya M. Galli, "How Glitter Bombing Lost Its Sparkle: The Emergence and Decline of a Novel Social Movement Tactic," Mobilization 21(3):259-281. 2016.

2016: Marcos Emilio Perez, “Becoming a Piquetero: Past, Novel and Current Routines in the Development of Activist Dispositions”

2016: Han Zhang, “Causal Impact of Witnessing Political Protest on Civic Engagement”

2015: Robert Braun, “Religious Minorities and Resistance to Genocide: The Collective Rescue of Jews in the Netherlands during the Holocaust,” American Political Science Review 110(1):127-147. 2016.

2014: Jonathan Horowitz, “Oh, the Places I'll Go! Possible Selves, Persistence Narratives, and Activist Identity”

2013: Mohammad Ali Kadivar, "Opportunities, Perception Profiles, and Alliances in the Iranian Reform Movement, 1997-2005," American Sociological Review 78(6):1063-1086. 2013.

2013 Honorable Mention: Tarun Banerjee, "Media, Movements, and Mobilization: Tea Party Protests in the U.S., 2009-2010," Pp. 39-75 in Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Volume 36. Emerald Group Publishing. 2013.

2013 Honorable Mention: Daniel S. Blocq, "Formation of Armed Self-Defense Groups during Civil Wars"

2012: Hiroe Saruya, "The Rise of Japan's First New Left: Bourdieusian Field Dynamics and the Emergence of Movement Organizations"

2010: Lauren Joseph, "From the 'Gayborhood' to the Small Town: LGBT Pride Organizations and the Mobilization of Resources, Culture, and Symbolic Capital"

2009: Matthew S. Williams, "Strategizing against Sweatshops: Ideology, Strategic Models, and Innovation in the U.S. Anti-Sweatshop Movement"

2008: Rachel Kutz-Flamenbaum, "Strategic Dilemmas in Organizational Frame Selection and Audience Frame Preference in Women's Peace Organizing"

2007: Dan Lainer-Vos, "Social Movements and Citizenship: Conscientious Objection in France, the United States, and Israel," Mobilization 11(3):357-375. 2006.

2006: Rachel Meyer, "Constituency and Emotion in Collective Action: Sources of Working-Class Identity and Activism"

2005: Erich Steinman, "Institutionalizing Tribes as Governments: Skillful Meaning Entrepreneurship Across Political Fields"

2004: Robert S. Jansen, "Resurrection and Reappropriation: Political Uses of Historical Figures in Comparative Perspective," American Journal of Sociology 112(4):953-1007. 2007.

2004 Honorable Mention: Vanessa Barker, "Politics of Pain: State Governance, Moral Protest, and the Varied Impacts of Social Movements"

2003: Julie Stewart, "When Local Troubles Become Transnational Issues: A Study of an Indigenous Rights Movement in Guatemala," Mobilization 9(3):259-278. 2004.

2002: Deana A. Rohlinger, "Movement-Countermovement Dynamics in the Abortion Debate: An Examination of Media Coverage Outcome"

2001: John Krinsky, "The Relational Dynamics of Claim-Making in New York City's Workfare Politics"

2000: Gary Bologh, "Learning from Populism:Narrative Analysis and Social Movement Consciousness"

1998: Ira Silver, "Buying and Activist Identity: Reproducing Class through Social Movement Philanthropy," Sociological Perspectives 41(2):303-321. 1998.

1997: Mary Bernstein, "Celebration and Suppression: The Strategic Uses of Identity by the Lesbian and Gay Movement," American Journal of Sociology 103(3):531-565. 1997.

1996: Kenneth T. Andrews, "The Civil Rights Movement and Black Electoral Politics in Mississippi, 1960-1984"

1993: Jackie Smith, "Transnational Political Processes and the Human Rights Movement"

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