American Sociological Association

Section on Inequality, Poverty and Mobility Award Recipients

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

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

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, Ryna 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 Tebaud, "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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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, WZB Berlin Social Research Center

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