American Sociological Association

Section on Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology

The Section on Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology's Award for Public Sociology

Prior to 2008 this award was for teaching or the design of a computer application.

2019: Joseph Cohen, City University of New York, Queens College

2018: Jeffrey C. Goldfarb, The New School for Social Research

2017: Mike Stern, Washington State University

2016: Eszter Hargittai, Northwestern University

2015: Jessie Daniels, City University of New York

2014: Zeynep Tufekci, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

2013: Shelia Cotten, University of Alabama, Birmingham

2012: Lisa Wade, Occidental College, and Gwen Sharp, Nevada State College

2011: Lee Rainie, Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project

2010: Danah Boyd, Microsoft Research and Berkman Center

2009: Peter Kollock, University of California, Los Angeles

2008: Michael Macy, Cornell University

2007: Keith Hampton, University of Pennsylvania

2006: Marc Smith, Microsoft Research

2005: Stephen Borgatti, Boston University

2004: Earl Babbie, Chapman University

2002: Robert Wood, Rutgers University, Camden

2001: Gregg Lee Carter, Bryant College

2000: Alan Hill, Delta College

1998: Kenneth Stewart, Angelo State University

1997: J. Daniel Cover, Furman University

1995: Fred S. Halley, State University of New York


The Section on Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology's Book Award

2019: T.L. Taylor, Watch Me Play: Twitch and the Rise of Game Live Streaming. Princeton University Press. 2018. 

2019: Jeffrey Lane, The Digital Street. Oxford University Press. 2018.

2018: Christo Sims, University of California, San Diego, Disruptive Fixation: School Reform and the Pitfalls of Techno-Idealism. Princeton University Press. 2017.

2017: Phaedra Daipha, Masters of Uncertainty: Weather Forecasters and the Quest for Ground Truth. University of Chicago Press. 2015.

2017: Mohamed Zayani, Networked Publics and Digital Contention. Oxford University Press. 2015.

2016: H. A. Haveman, Magazines and the Making of America: Modernization, Community, and Print Culture, 1741-1860. Princeton University Press. 2015.

2016: J. Vertesi, Seeing Like a Rover: How Robots, Teams, and Images Craft Knowledge of Mars. University of Chicago Press. 2015.

2015: Susan Crawford, Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age. Yale University Press. 2013.

2014: Lee Rainie, PEW Research Center,  and Barry Wellman, University of Toronto, Networked: The New Social Operating System. MIT Press. 2012.

2013: Gina Neff, University of Washington, Venture Labor. MIT Press. 2012.

2013: Yuri Takhteyev, University of Toronto, Coding Places. MIT Press. 2012.

2012: Leah Lievrouw, University of California, Los Angeles, Alternative and Activist New Media. Polity Press. 2011.

2011: Pablo Boczkowski, News at Work: Imitation in an Age of Information Abundance. University of Chicago Press. 2010.

2010: Guobin Yang, The Power of the Internet in China Citizen Activism Online. Columbia University Press. 2009.

2008: Yochai Benkler, Harvard University, The Wealth Of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom. Yale University Press. 2006.

2008 Honorable Mention: Fred Turner, Stanford University, From Counterculture to Cyberculture. Chicago University Press. 2006.

2007: Andrew Chadwick, University of London, Internet Politics. Oxford University Press. 2006.

2006: Philip Howard, University of Washington, New Media Campaigns and the Managed Citizen. Cambridge University Press. 2006.

2005: Paul Starr, Princeton University, The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications. Basic Books. 2004.


The Section on Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology's Outstanding Contributions to Computing in Sociology

2004: Barry Wellman, University of Toronto

2003: Caroline Hodges Persell, New York University

2001: Kathleen M. Carley, Carnegie-Mellon University

2000: William E. Feinberg, University of Cincinnati

1998: John Seidel 

1995: David Heise, Indiana University


The Section on Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology's Outstanding Contributions to Research Award

2006: Manuel Castells, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

1999: Edward E. Brent, Jr., University of Missouri, Columbia


The Section on Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology's Outstanding Student Paper Award

2019: Devika Narayan, University of Minnesota, “Between the cloud and a hard place: How new computing infrastructures fuel an asset-light economy”  

2019: Jeffrey Swindle, University of Michigan, “Exposure to Global Cultural Scripts through Media and Attitudes toward Violence against Women”

2018: Scott Duxbury, Laura Frizzell, and Sade Lindsay, Ohio State University, "Mental Illness, the Media, and the Moral Politics of Mass Violence: The Role of Race in Mass Shootings Coverage"

2018: Ethel L. Mickey, Northeastern University, "Doing Gender, Doing Networks: Exploring Individual Networking Strategies in High-Tech"

2016: Matt Rafalow, “Disciplining Play: Digital Youth Culture as Capital at School,” American Journal of Sociology 123(5):1416-1452. 2018. 

2015: Christine Larson, Department of Communication, Stanford University, “Live publishing: the onstage redeployment of journalistic authority,” Media, Culture, & Society 37(3):440-459. 2015.

2014: Angèle Christin, Princeton University, “Counting Clicks: Commensuration in Online Journalism in the United States and France”

2013: Jeffrey Lane, Princeton University, "Code Switching on the Digital Street"

2012: Ya-Wen Lei, University of Michigan, "Institutional-social Embeddedness of the Public Sphere: Media, Law, Networks, and the Heterogeneous Development of the Public Sphere in China"

2011: Dmitry Epstein, Cornell University, Erik Nisbet, The Ohio State University, and Tarleton Gillespie, Cornell University, "Who's Responsible for the Digital Divide? Public Perceptions and Policy Implications," The Information Society 27(2):92-104. 2011.

2010: Lauren F. Sessions, University of Pennsylvania, "How offline gatherings affect online communities: When virtual community members 'meetup,'" Information, Communication & Society 13(3):375-395. 2010.

2009: Daniel Menchik and Ziaoli Tian, University of Chicago, “Putting Social Context into Text: The Semiotics of E-mail Interaction,” American Journal of Sociology 114(2):332-370. 2008.

2008: Steven G. Hoffman, Northwestern University

2008: Alison Powell, Concordia University

2007: Lee Humphries, University of Pennsylvania

2006: Fred Turner, Stanford University, “Where the Counterculture Met the New Economy: The WELL and the Origins of Virtual Community,” Technology and Culture 46(3):485-512. 2005.

2005: Laura Robinson, University of California, Los Angeles, and Sean Zehnders, Northwestern University, The Social Network Spider and Visualization Software (SNS-VS)

2004: Jeffrey Boase, University of Toronto

2003: Tracy Kennedy and Kristine Klement, University of Toronto, "Gendering the Digital Divide," IT & Society 1(5):149-172. 2003.

2002: Julian Dierkes, University of British Columbia, “The Sociolog: Julian Dierkes’ Comprehensive Guide to Sociology On-Line"

2001: Eszter Hargittai, Princeton University, “Weaving the Western Web: explaining differences in Internet connectivity among OECD countries,” Telecommunications Policy 23(10-11):701-718. 1999.

2000: Pablo Boczkowski, Cornell University, “Mimetic Originality: Technology, Newswork, Organizing in an Online Newspaper”

1999: Pablo J. Boczkowski, Cornell University, “Distributed Construction: Changing Regimes of Information Creation in Online Newspapers”

1997: Pablo J. Boczkowski, Cornell University, “The Mutual Shaping of Users and Technologies In and Through Computer-Mediated Communication: Artifacts of Nationhood in the Argentine Mailing List”


The Section on Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology's Paper Award

2019: Matthew Rafalow, “Disciplining Play: Digital Youth Culture as Capital at School,” American Journal of Sociology 123(5):1416–52. 2018.

2018: Christopher A. Bail, Taylor W. Brown, and Marcus Mann, "Channeling Hearts and Minds: Advocacy Organizations, Cognitive-Emotional Currents, and Public Conversation," American Sociological Review 82(6):1188-1213. 2017.

2017: Eran Shor, Alex Miltsov, Arnout van de Rijt, Vivek Kulkarni, and Steven Skiena, "A Paper Ceiling: Explaining the Persistent Underrepresentation of Women in Printed News," American Sociological Review 80(5):960-84. 2015.

2016: Ion Bogdan Vasi, T. Walker, John S. Johnson, and Hui Fen Tand, “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: Keith N. Hampton, Lauren Sessions Goulet, and Garrett Albanesius, “Change in the Social Life of Urban Public Spaces: The Rise of Mobile Phones and Women, and the Decline of Aloneness Over Thirty Years,” Urban Studies 52(8):1489-1504. 2015.

2014: Christopher Bail, University of California, Chapel Hill, "The Fringe Effect: Civil Society Organizations and the Evolution of Media Discourse about Islam since the September 11th Attacks," American Sociological Review 77(6):855-879. 2012.

2013: Shelley Boulianne, MacEwan University, "Stimulating or Reinforcing Political Interest: Using Panel Data to Examine Reciprocal Effects Between News Media and Political Interest," Political Communication 28(2):147-162. 2011.

2012: Robert Ackland and Mathieu O'Neil, "Online collective identity: The case of the environmental movement," Social Networks 33(3):177-190. 2011.

2011: Keith N. Hampton, Oren Livio, and Lauren Sessions Goulet, “The Social Life of Wireless Urban Spaces: Internet Use, Social Networks, and the Public Realm,” Journal of Communication 60(4):701-722. 2010.

2010: James A. Evans, University of Chicago, “Electronic Publication and the Narrowing of Science and Scholarship,” Science 321(5887):395-399. 2008.

2009: Eszter Hargitta, Jason Gallo, and Matthew Kane, Northwestern University, “Cross-ideological discussions among conservative and liberal bloggers,” Public Choice 134(1-2):67-86. 2008.

2008: Paul Leonardi, Northwestern University

2007: Laura Robinson, University of Southern California

2006: Fred Turner, Stanford University

2005: Daniel Beunza, Unversitat Pompeu Fabra, and David Stark, Columbia University

2005: Siobhan O'Mahony, Harvard Business School


The Section on Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology's William F. Ogburn Career Achievement Award

2019: Eszter Hargittai, Professor in the Institute of Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich

2018: W. Russell Neuman, Professor of Media Technology, New York University, and Professor Emeritus, Communication Studies, University of Michigan

2017: Gary T. Marx, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Senior Career

2017: Jennifer Earl, University of Arizona, Mid Career

2016: Shelia Cotten, Michigan State University, Senior Career

2016: Wenhong Chen, University of Texas, Austin, Mid Career

2015: Grant Blank, Oxford Internet Institute

2014: William Dutton, Oxford Internet Institute

2013: Judy Wajcman, The London School of Economics and Political Science

2012: Ron Anderson, University of Minnesota, Professor Emeritus

2011: James E. Katz, Rutgers University

2010: John Robinson, University of Maryland

2009: Elihu Katz, University of Pennsylvania

2008: William Sims Bainbridge, National Science Foundation

2007: David Lyon, Queen's University

2006: Manuel Castells, University of Southern California

2004: Barry Wellman, University of Toronto

2003: Caroline Hodges Persell, New York University

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