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Sociology of Development Award Recipient History

The Section on the Sociology of Development's Faculty Article Award

2020: Victoria Reyes, UC Riverside, "Port of Call: How Ships Shape Foreign-Local Encounters." Social Forces, 96 (3): 1097–1118. 2018.
2020: Marcel Paret, University of Utah, "Critical Nostalgias in Democratic South Africa." The Sociological Quarterly, 59 (4): 678-696. 2019.

2020 Honorable Mention: Swethaa S. Ballakrishnen,  UC-Irvine School of Law, "Just Like Global Firms: Unintended Gender Parity and Speculative Isomorphism in India's Elite Professions." Law & Society Review, 53 (1): 108-140. 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.

2019 Honorable Mention: Yao Lu, "Empowerment or Disintegration? Migration, Social Institutions, and Collective Action in Rural China"

2018: Erin Metz McDonnell, "Patchwork Leviathan: How Pockets of Bureaucratic Governance Flourish within Institutionally Diverse Developing States," American Sociological Review 82(3):476-510. 2017. 

2018 Honorable Mention: Cihan Tuğal, "The Uneven Neoliberalization of Good Works: Islamic Charitable Fields and Their Impact on Diffusion," American Journal of Sociology 123(2):426-464. 2017.

2017: Michael Levien, Johns Hopkins University, "Social Capital as Obstacle to Development: Brokering Land, Norms, and Trust in Rural India," World Development 74:77-92. 2015.

2017 Honorable Mention: Şahan Savaş Karataşlı, Princeton University, "The Capitalist World-Economy in the Longue Durée: Changing Modes of the Global Distribution of Wealth, 1500–2008," Sociology of Development 3(2):163-196. 2017.

2016: Prerna Singh, “Subnationalism and Social Development: A Comparative Analysis of Indian States,” World Politics 67(3):1-57. 2015.

2015: Gabriel Hetland, “The Crooked Line: From Popular Mobilization to Participatory Democracy in Chavez-Era Venezuela,” Qualitative Sociology 37(4):373-401. 2014.

2015 Honorable Mention: Becky Hsu, "Alleviating Poverty or Reinforcing Inequality? Interpreting Microfinance Practices with Illustrations from Rural China," British Journal of Sociology 65(2):245-265. 2014.

2014: Lant Pritchett, Michael Woolcock, and Matt Andrews, all of Harvard Kennedy School, “Looking Like a State: Techniques of Persistent Failure in State Capability for Implementation,” The Journal of Development Studies 49(1):1-18. 2013.

2013: Cheol-Sung Lee, “Associational Networks and Welfare States in Argentina, Brazil, South Korea, and Taiwan” World Politics 64(3):507-554. 2012.


The Section on the Sociology of Development's Faculty Book Award

2020: Chris Bobel, University of Massachusetts Boston, The Managed Body: Developing Girls & Menstrual Health in the Global South. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.  

2020: Rebecca Tarlau, Pennsylvania State University, Occupying Schools, Occupying Land: How the Landless Workers Movement Transformed Brazilian Education. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2019.

2019: Michael Levien, Dispossession without Development: Land Grabs in Neoliberal India. Oxford University Press. 2018.

2019 Honorable Mention: Marie E. Berry, War, Women, and Power: From Violence to Mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Cambridge University Press. 2018.

2018: Ching Kwan Lee, The Specter of Global China: Politics, Labor, and Foreign Investment in Africa. University of Chicago Press. 2017.

2018: Erin Beck, How Development Projects Persist: Everyday Negotiations with Guatemalan NGOs. Duke University Press. 2017.

2017: Pablo Lapegna, University of Georgia, Soybeans and Power: Genetically Modified Crops, Environmental Politics, and Social Movements in Argentina. Oxford University Press. 2016.

2017 Honorable Mention: Tiana S. Paschel, University of California, Berkeley, Becoming Black Political Subjects: Movements and Ethno-Racial Rights in Columbia and Brazil. Princeton University Press. 2016.

2017 Honorable Mention: Terence McDonnell, University of Notre Dame, Best Laid Plans: Cultural Entropy and the Unraveling of AIDS Media Campaigns. University of Chicago Press. 2016.

2016: Sarah Swider, Building China: Informal Work and the New Precariat. Cornell University/ILR Press. 2015.

2015: Paromita Sanyal, Credit to Capabilities: A Sociological Study of Microcredit Groups in India. Cambridge University Press. 2014.

2014: Rina Agarwala, Johns Hopkins University, Informal Labor, Formal Politics, and Dignified Development in India. Cambridge University Press. 2013.

2013: Evelyne Huber, and John D Stephens, Democracy and the Left: Social Policy and Inequality in Latin America. The University of Chicago Press. 2012.

2012: Patrick Barron, University of Oxford, Rachel Diprose, University of Oxford, and Michael Woolcock, World Bank, Contesting Development: Participatory Projects and Local Conflict Dynamics in Indonesia. Yale University Press. 2011.

2012: James Mahoney, Northwestern University, Colonialism and Postcolonial Development: Spanish America in Comparative Perspective. Cambridge University Press. 2010.


The Section on the Sociology of Development's Graduate Student Paper Award

2020: Sneha Annavarapu, University of Chicago, "Risky Routes, Safe Suspicions: Gender, Class, and Cabs in Hyderabad, India."

2020 Honorable Mention: Rahardhika Arista Utama, Northwestern University, "Embedded Peasantry: Path-Dependence and Economic Transformation in Indonesia and Malaysia."

2019: Luciana Souza Leão, Columbia University, “Optics of the State: The Politics of Making Poverty Visible in Brazil and Mexico” 

2019 Honorable Mention: Catalina Vallejo, University of Virginia, “Economic Reparations, Entrepreneurship, and Post-Conflict Development: Evidence from Colombia”

2018: Joel S Herrera, University of California, Los Angeles, "Cultivating violence: trade liberalization, labor informality, and the Mexican drug trade"

2018 Honorable Mention: Alvin A. Camba, Johns Hopkins University, "The Contentious Politics of Capital: The Political Economy of Chinese Investments in the Philippines”

2018 Honorable Mention: Anjuli N. Fahlberg, Northeastern University, "Activism under Fire: Urban Governance and Citizenship in Rio de Janeiro’s Conflict Zones"

2017: Manuel Rosaldo, University of California, Berkeley, "Revolution in the Garbage Dump: The Political and Economic Foundations of the Colombian Recycler Movement, 1986-2011," Social Problems 63(3):351-372. 2016.

2016: Pandian Roshan, "Does Manufacturing Matter for Economic Growth in the Era of Globalization?" Social Forces 95(3):909-940. 2017.

2015: Julia Behrmanand Abigail Weitzman, “The Effect of Severe Natural Disaster on Fertility: Evidence from the 2010 Haiti Earthquake”

2015: Gowri Vijayakumar, “I’ll be like Water:” Gender, Class and Flexible Aspirations at the Edge of India’s Knowledge Economy,” Gender & Society 27(6):777-798. 2013.

2014: Diana Rodríguez-Franco, Northwestern University, “Internal Wars, Taxation, and State Building,” American Sociological Review 81(1):190-213. 2016.

2013: Michael Levien and Marcel Paret, “A Second Double Movement? Polanyi and Shifting Global Opinions on Neoliberalism,” International Sociology 27(6):724– 744. 2012.

2012: Abigail Andrews, University of California, Berkeley, "The Quiet Insubordination of Staying Home: Rethinking Women who “'Stay Behind”’


The Section on the Sociology of Development's Lifetime Achievement Award

2012: Peter Evans, University of California, Berkeley


The Section on the Sociology of Development's Samuel Cohn Distinguished Service Award

2018: Matthew Sanderson, Kansas State University

2014: Samuel Cohn, Department of Sociology, Texas A&M University

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