American Sociological Association

Section on Human Rights Award Recipients

The Section on Sociology of Human Rights' Best Graduate Student Paper Award

2019: Andrew P. Davis, "Middle Status Conformity in the World Polity: Global Institutional Embeddedness and Sexual Violence in Civil Conflict" 

2019 Honorable Mention: Ioana Sendroiu, "Human Rights as Uncertain Performance during the Arab Spring"

2018: Saskia Nauenberg Dunkell, "Decoupling Transitional Justice: Selective Approaches for Addressing Human Rights Abuses in Colombia”

2018 Honorable Mention: Nicole Iturriaga, "At the Foot of the Grave: Challenging the Narrative of Violence in Post-Franco Spain”

2017: Kristopher Velasco, “Human Rights INGOs, and LGBT Policy Diffusion, 1991 – 2015”

2016: Roberts, Louisa, "Changing Global Attitudes Toward Homosexuality: The Influence of Global and Region-Specific Cultures, 1981-2012”

2015: Marie Berry, “When ‘Bright Futures’ Fade: Paradoxes of Women’s Empowerment in Rwanda,” Signs 41(1):1-27. 2015.

2014: Hassan El Menyawi, New York University, "The Great Reversal"

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: Jennifer Costanza, “A New Indigenous Citizenship: Constructing Citizen Rights from Human Rights at the Grassroots in Guatemala.”


The Section on the Sociology of Human Rights' Best Scholarly Article Award

2018: Nicohlas Pedriana and Robin Stryker, "From Legal Doctrine to Social Transformation? Comparing U.S. Voting Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity, and Fair Housing Legislation," American Journal of Sociology 123(1):86-135. 2017.

2018 Honorable Mention: Gretchen Purser, "The Circle of Dispossession: Evicting the Urban Poor in Baltimore," Critical Sociology 42(3):393-415. 2016.

2017: Kiyoteru Tsutsui, “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. 

2016: Teeger Chana, "Both Sides of the Story: History Education in Post-Apartheid South Africa," American Sociological Review 80(6):1175-1200. 2015.


The Section on Sociology of Human Rights' Gordon Hirabayashi Human Rights Book Award

2019: Kiyoteru Tsutsui, Rights Make Might: Global Human Rights and Minority Social Movements in Japan. Oxford University Press. 2018.

2018: Ya-Wen Lei, The Contentious Public Sphere: Law, Media and Authoritarian Rule in China. Princeton University Press. 2017.

2018 Honorable Mention: Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, What Slaveholders Think: How Contemporary Perpetrators Rationalize What They Do. Columbia University Press. 2017.

2017: Tianna S. Paschel, Becoming Black Political Subjects: Movements and Ethno-Racial Rights in Colombia and Brazil. Princeton University Press, 2017.

2016: Elizabeth Holzer, The Concerned Women of Budburam: Refugee Activists and Humanitarian Dilemmas. Cornell University Press.

2015: Christopher N. J. Roberts, The Contentious History of the International Bill of Human Rights. Cambridge University Press.

2014: Yuksel Sezgin, Syracuse University, Human Rights Under State-Enforced Religious Family Laws in Israel, Egypt, and India. Cambridge University Press, 2013.

2013: William T. Armaline, Davita Silfen Glasberg, and Bandana Purkayastha, editors, Human Rights in Our Own Backyard: Injustice and Resistance in the United States. University of Pennsylvania Press. 2011.

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