American Sociological Association

Disability in Society Award Recipient History

Distinguished Career in the Sociology of Disability

2017: Sara Green, University of South Florida


Distinguished Contributions to the Sociology of Disability

2014: Richard Scotch, University of Texas-Dallas

2014: Sharon Barnartt, Gallaudet University

2014: Barbara Altman, Disability Statistics Consultant


The Section on Disability in Society's Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award

2020: Hillary Steinberg, University of Colorado – Boulder, "Distance and Acceptance: Identity Formation in Young Adults with Chronic Health Conditions" 

Honorable Mention: Emily Ruppel, University of California – Berkeley, "The Depoliticization of Disability: Professions and Politics in the 1986 Entrenchment of the Subminimum Wage"

2019: Alan Santinele Martino, "Being Kept Out of Sexual Fields: The Intimate Lives of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in Ontario, Canada"

2018: J. Dalton Stevens, Jr., Syracuse University, "Stuck in Transition with You: Rooting, Returning, and Interdependence for Men with Physical Impairments"

2017: Jennifer D. Brooks, “Just a Little Respect: Differences in Job Satisfaction among Individuals With and Without Disabilities”

2016: Justine E. Egner, “Hegemonic or Queer?: A Comparative Analysis of Five LGBTQIA/Disability Intersectional Social Movement Organizations”

2015: Suzan Walters, Stony Brook University, “Caregiving and HIV: Accounts of Resisting Individualism, Privatization, and Cuts in Social Spending”

2014: Chen Yang, "Being Independent From Whom? Analyzing Two Interpretations in the Paradigm of Independent Living”


Outstanding Publication in the Sociology of Disability Award

2020: Catherine Kramarczuk Voulgarides, City University of New York – Hunter College,  Does Compliance Matter in Special Education? IDEA and the Hidden Inequities of Practice. New York: Teacher’s College Press (2018).

2020: David Pettinicchio, University of Toronto, Politics of Empowerment: Disability Rights and the Cycle of American Policy Reform. Stanford (CA): Stanford University Press (2019).

2019: Michelle Maroto, David Pettinicchio, and Andrew C. Patterson, "Hierarchies of Categorical Disadvantage: Economic Insecurity at the Intersection of Disability, Gender, and Race," Gender & Society 33(1):64-93. 2019.

2018: Meryl Alper, Giving Voice: Mobile Communication, Disability, and Inequality. MIT Press. 2017.

2017: Angela Frederick, “Risky Mothers and the Normalcy Project,” Gender and Society 31(1):74-95. 2017. 

2017: Carrie L. Shandra and Anna Penner, “Benefactors and Beneficiaries? Disability and Care to Others,” Journal of Marriage and Family 79(4):1160-1185. 2017.

2016: Linda M. Blum, Raising Generation Rx: Mothering Kids with Invisible Disabilities in an Age of Inequality. New York University Press. 2015.

2015: Dara Shifrer, Houston Education Research Consortium, “Stigma of a Label: Educational Expectations for High School Students Labeled with Learning Disabilities,” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 54(4):462-480. 2013.

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