American Sociological Association

Inequality, Poverty and Mobility Award Recipient History

The Section on Inequality, Poverty and Mobility's Devah Pager Outstanding Article Award

Sponsored annually for an article nominated by a Section member and published in the calendar year preceding the ASA annual meetings.

2020: Laurel Smith-Doerr, Sharla Alegria, Kay Husbands Fealing, Debra Fitzpatrick and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, “Gender Pay Gaps in U.S. Federal Science Agencies: An Organizational Approach.” American Journal of Sociology 2019, 125: 534–576.

2019: Natasha Quadlin, “The Mark of a Woman’s Record: Gender and Academic Performance in Hiring,” American Sociological Review 83(2):331–360. 2018.

2019: Katherine Weisshaar, “From Opt Out to Blocked Out: The Challenges for Labor Market Re-entry after Family-Related Employment Lapses,” American Sociological Review 83(1):34–60. 2018.

2018: David Brady, Ryan M. Finnigan, and Sabine Hubgen, "Rethinking the Risk of Poverty: A Framework for Analyzing Prevalence and Penalties," American Journal of Sociology 123(3):740-786. 2017.

2018 Honorable Mention: Laura Doering and Sarah Thébaud, "The Effects of Gendered Occupational Roles on Men's and Women's Workplace Authority: Evidence from Microfinance," American Sociological Review 82(3):542-567. 2017.

2017: Daniel Laurison and Sam Friedman, “The Class Pay Gap in Higher Professional and Managerial Occupations,” American Sociological Review 81(4):668-695. 2016.

2016: Lauren A. Rivera, "Go with Your Gut: Emotion and Evaluation in Job Interviews," American Journal of Sociology 120(5):1339-1389. 2015.

2015: Anja-Kristin Abendroth, Matt L. Huffman, and Judith Treas, "The Parity Penalty in Life Course Perspective Motherhood and Occupational Status in 13 European Countries,” American Sociological Review 79(5):993-1014. 2014.

2015: Youngjoo Cha, and Kim A. Weeden, “Overwork and the Slow Convergence in the Gender Gap in Wages,” American Sociological Review 79(3):457-484. 2014.

2014: Ken-Hou Lin, University of Texas, Austin, and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, University of Massachusetts, "Financialization and US Income Inequality, 1970-2008," American Journal of Sociology 118(5):1284-1329. 2013.

2014 Honorable Mention: David Brady, Ryan Finnigan, and Regina S. Baker, "When Unionization Disappears: State-Level Unionization and Working Poverty in the United States.” American Sociological Review 78(5): 872-96.

2013: Quillian, Lincoln (Northwestern University).  2012.  “Segregation and Poverty Concentration:  The Role of Three Segregations.”  American Sociological Review 77: 354-379.

2012: Cheol-Sung Lee, University of Chicago, Young-Bum Kim, University of Wisconsin, and Jae-Mahon Shim, University of Chicago, "The Limit of Equality Projects: Public Sector Expansion, Sectoral Conflicts, and Income Inequality in Postindustrial Societies," American Sociological Review 76(1):100-124. 2011.

2012 Honorable Mention: Bruce Western and Jake Rosenfeld. "Unions, Norms, and the Rise in U.S. Wage Inequality." American Sociological Review 76: 513-537

2011: Arthur Sakamoto and Changhwan Kim, "Is Rising Earnings Inequality Associated with Increased Exploitation?  Evidence for U.S. Manufacturing Industries, 1971-1996,"  Sociological Perspectives 53(1):19-43. 2010.

2011: Jennie Brand and Yu Xie, "Who Benefits Most from College? Evidence for Negative Selection in Heterogeneous Economic Returns to Higher Education," American Sociological Review 75(2):273-302. 2010.


The Section on Inequality, Poverty and Mobility's Outstanding Book Award

Awarded annually for a book nominated by a Section member and published in the three calendar years preceding the ASA annual meeting at which the award is bestowed.

2020: Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, University of Massachussets-Amherst and Dustin Avent-Holt, Augusta University, Relational Inequalities: An Organizational Approach, Oxford University Press. 2019.

2020 Honorable Mention: Jennifer M. Silva, Indiana University, We’re Still Here: Pain and Politics in the Heartland, Oxford University Press. 2019.

2019: Bruce Western, Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison. Russell Sage Foundation. 2018.

2018: Brooke Harrington, Capital without Borders: Wealth Managers and the One Percent. Harvard University Press. 2016.

2018 Honorable Mention: Jennifer Lee and Min Zhou, The Asian American Achievement Pardox. Russell Sage Foundation. 2015.

2017: Steve Viscelli, University of Pennsylvania, The Big Rig: Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream. University of California Press. 2016.

2016: Jacqueline Hagan, Ruben Hernandez-Leon, and Jean-Luc Demonsant, Skills of the "Unskilled": Work and Mobility Among Mexican Migrants. University of California Press. 2015.

2016: Sara Wakefield and Christopher Wildeman, Children of the Prison Boom: Mass Incarceration and the Future of American Inequality. Oxford University Press. 2014.

2015: Thomas DiPrete, Columbia University, and Claudia Buchmann, The Ohio State University, The Rise of Women: The Growing Gender Gap in Education and What it Means for American Schools. Russell Sage Foundation. 2013.

2014: Nancy DiTomaso, Rutgers University, The American Non-dilemma: Racial Inequality Without Racism. Russell Sage Foundation. 2013.

2013: Arne L. Kalleberg, Good Jobs, Bad Jobs: The Rise of Polarized and Precarious Employment Systems in the United States, 1970s to 2000s. Russell Sage Foundation / Rose Series. 2013.

2013 Honorable Mention: Victor Rios, Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys. New York University Press. 2011.

2012: David J Harding, University of Michigan, Living the Drama:  Community, Conflict, and Culture Among Inner-City Boys. University of Chicago Press. 2010. 

2011: Jane L. Collins and Victoria Mayer, Both Hands Tied: Welfare Reform and the Race to the Bottom of the Low- Wage Labor Market. University of Chicago Press. 2010.

2011 Honorable Mention: David Brady, Rich Democracies, Poor People: How Politics Explain Poverty. New York: Oxford University Press. 2009


The Section on Inequality, Poverty and Mobility's Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award

Sponsored annually for a graduate student paper presented at a professional conference during the calendar year preceding the ASA annual meetings or published during the same time period. Papers must be nominated by a Section member.

2020: Allison Daminger, Harvard University for, “The Cognitive Dimension of Household Labor.” American Sociological Review 2019, 84: 609-633.

2020: Ian Lundberg, Princeton University, “Does Opportunity Skip Generations? Reassessing Evidence from Sibling and Cousin Correlations.” Forthcoming in Demography.

2019: James Chu, Stanford University, "A Camera or Merit or Engine of Inequality? College Rankings and the Enrollment of Disadvantaged Students" 

2019 Honorable Mention: Cassie McMillan, Pennsylvania State University, "Tied Together: Adolescent Friendship Networks, Immigrant Status, and Health Outcomes"

2018: Chantal Hailey, New York University, "Preferences, Heuristics, and Decision-Making: Examining the Role of School Safety Preferences in School Choice"

2017: Peter Catron, "Made in America? Immigrant Occupational Mobility in the First Half of the Twentieth Century," American Journal of Sociology 122(2):325-378. 2016.

2016: Peter Rich, "White Parental Flight and Avoidance: Neighborhood Choices in the Era of School District Desegregation"

2015: Siwei Cheng, “A Life Course Trajectory Framework for Understanding the Intracohort Pattern of Wage Inequality,” American Journal of Sociology 120(3):633-700. 2014.

2014: Deirdre Bloome, Harvard University, “Racial Inequality Trends and the Intergenerational Persistence of Income and Family Structure,” American Sociological Review 79(6):1196-1225. 2014.

2013: S. Michael Gaddis, "Discrimination in the Credential Society: An Audit Study of Race and College Selectivity in the Labor Market," Social Forces 93(4):1451-1479. 2015.

2012: Ervin “Maliq” Matthew, The Ohio State University, "Effort Optimism in the Classroom: Attitudes of Black and White Students on Education, Social Structure, and Causes of Life Opportunities," Sociology of Education. 84(3):225- 245. 2011.

2012 Honorable Mention: Emily Rauscher, New York University, “Does Educational Equality Increase Mobility? Exploiting 19th Century U.S. Compulsory Schooling Laws.”

2011: Jessi Streib, University of Michigan, “Class Reproduction by Four Year Olds," Qualitative Sociology 34(2):337-352. 2011.

2011 Honorable Mention: David Pedulla, Princeton University, "The Hidden Costs of Contingency: Employers’ Use of Contingent Workers and Standard Employees’ Outcomes.”


The Section on Inequality, Poverty and Mobility's Robert M. Hauser Distinguished Scholar Award

Awarded annually by the Nominations Committee to mark and celebrate the field’s most fundamental accomplishments.

2020: William Julius Wilson, Harvard University

2019: Paula England, New York University

2018: Mike Hout, New York University

2017: Thomas DiPrete, Columbia University

2016: Rob Mare, University of California, Los Angeles

2015: Arne Kalleberg, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

2014: Randy Hodson, The Ohio State University

2013: Christopher (Sandy) Jencks, Harvard University

2012: Donald J. Treiman, University of California, Los Angeles

2011: Robert M. Hauser, National Research Council


The Section on Inequality, Poverty and Mobility's William Julius Wilson Early Career Award

Awarded annually by the Nominations Committee to recognize a scholar who has made major contributions early in his/her career. Persons who received their highest degree within the previous ten years shall be eligible to receive this award.

2020: Fabian Pfeffer, University of Michigan

2020: Deirdre Bloome, University of Michigan

2019: Alexandra Killewald, Harvard University 

2018: Laura Tach, Cornell University

2107: Matthew Desmond, Harvard University

2016: Lauren Rivera, Northwestern University

2015: Patrick Sharkey, New York University

2014: David Harding, University of California, Berkeley

2014 Honorable Mention: Jennie E. Brand, University of California, Los Angeles

2013: Florencia Torche, New York University

2012: Devah Pager, Princeton University

2011: David Brady, Duke University 

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