American Sociological Association

Section on International Migration Award Recipients

The Award for Public Sociology in International Migration

2019: Leisy Abrego, University of California, Los Angeles

2018: Manuel Pastor, University of Southern California

2016: Nestor Rodriguez, University of Texas, Austin

2015: Cecilia Menjívar, Arizona State University

2014: Roberto Gonzales, Harvard University

2013: David Fitzgerald, University of California, San Diego


The Section on International Migration's Aristide Zolberg Student Scholar Award

2019: Ariana Valle, University of California, Los Angeles, "Race and the Empire-state: Puerto Ricans’ Unequal U.S. Citizenship,” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 5(1):26-40. 2018.

2019 Honorable Mention: Andy Scott Chang, University of California, Berkeley, “Producing the Self-Regulating Subject: Liberal Protection in Indonesia’s Migration Infrastructure," Pacific Affairs 91(4):695-716. 2018.

2018: Lucas Drouhot, Cornell University, "Cracks in the Melting Pot? Religiosity & Assimilation Among the Diverse Muslim Populations in France"

2018 Honorable Mention: Deisy Del Real, University of California, Los Angeles, "Toxic Ties: The Reproduction of Legal Violence within Mixed-Status Intimate Partners, Relatives, and Friends"

2017: Gina Marie Longo, “Mothers and Moneymakers: Using Gender Norms for Policing Marriage Fraud in U.S. Immigration,” Unpublished Manuscript, Revised and Resubmitted Gender and Society

2016: Hajar Yazdiha, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "Do Immigrant Integration Policies Increase Perceptions of Exclusion? Comparing First and Second-Generation European Muslims in Four Countries?"

2016 Honorable Mention: Brenda Gambol, "Changing racial boundaries and mixed union: the case of second-generation Filipino Americans," Ethnic and Racial Studies 39(14):2621-2640. 2016

2016 Honorable Mention: Yader Lanuza,  "Who Helps: Immigrant-Native Differences in Patterns of Homework Assistance," Sociological Perspectives 60(2):293-314. 2016. 

2015: Ariela Schachter, Stanford University, "A Change of Heart or Change of Address? The Geographic Sorting of Whites’ Attitudes towards Immigration"

2014: Rene Flores, Princeton University, "Taking the Law Into Their Own Hands: Do Local Anti-Immigrant Law Or-dinances Increase Gun Sales"

2014 Honorable Mention: Stephanie Canizales, University of Southern California, “American Individualism and the Social Adaptation of Unauthorized, Unac-companied Mayan Young-Adults in Los Angeles”

2013: Rene Flores, Princeton University, "The resurgence of Race in Europe: Perceptions of Discrimination Among Immigrants in Spain," Social Forces 94(1):237-269. 2015.

2013 Honorable Mention: Abigail Andrews, University of California, Berkeley, "States of 'Illegality': How Local Immigration Policing Shapes Undocumented Workers' Agency"

2013 Honorable Mention: Angela Garcia, University of California, San Diego, "Hidden in Plain Sight: Strategic Immigrant Assimilation in Restrictionist Destinations"

2013 Honorable Mention: Mytoan Nguyen, University of Wisconsin, Madison, "The Tensions of Diasporic Return Migration in the Vietnamese Transnational Family"

2012: Sylvia Zamora,University of California, Los Angeles, "Racial Remittances: the Effect of Migration on Racial Ideologies in Mexico," Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 2(4):466-481. 2016.

2011: Anthony Christian Ocampo, University of California, Los Angeles, "Are Second Generation Filipinos Becoming Asian Americans or Latino? Historical Colonialism, Culture, and Panethnic Identity," Ethnic and Racial Studies 37(3):425-445. 2013.

2010: Van Tran, Harvard University, “English Gain vs. Spanish Loss? Language Assimilation among Second-Generation Latinos in Young Adulthood,” Social Forces 89(1):257–284. 2010.

2009: Phillip Connor, Princeton University, "Do Immigrants Religiously Assimilate? Contextualizing Immigrant Religious Participation in Western Europe, the United States and Canada"

2009 Honorable Mention: Asaf Levanon, Stanford University, "How to Succeed as an Immigrant: Effects of Group Resources and Labor Market Structure on Earnings Assimilation"

2008: Jody Agius Vallejo, University of California, Irvine, "Latina Spaces: Middle Class Ethnic Capital and Professional Associations in the Latino Community," City & Community 8(2):129-154. 2009.

2008 Honorable Mention: Oluwakemi M. Balogun, University of California, Berkeley, "Cultural Influences on Migrant Drug Dealers in Germany"

2007: Suzanna Crage, Indiana University, “Policy, Place, Ideas: Refugee Aid Policy in Munich”

2007 Honorable Mention: Sandra Bucerius, University of Frankfurt, Germany (visiting at University of Toronto), “'What Else Should I Do?' Cultural Influences on the Drug Trade of Migrants in Germany,” Journal of Drug Issues 37(3):673-697. 2007.

2006: Jim Bachmeier, University of California, Irvine, “New Destination Contexts of Reception: Labor Market Coethnic Concentration and the Earning of Recent Mexican Immigrants”

2005: Emily Ryo, Stanford University, “Documenting the Significance of Race for the Undocumented: Occupational Mobility of Undocumented Immigrants”

2003: David FitzGerald, University of California, Los Angeles, "Nationality and Migration in Modern Mexico," Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 31(1):171-191. 2007.

2002: David Fitzgerald, University of California, Los Angeles, “Beyond ‘Transnationalism’: Mexican Hometown Politics at an American Labor Union,” Ethnic and Racial Studies 27(2):228-247. 2004.

2001: Rebecca Kim, University of California, Los Angeles, “Assimilation, Ethnicity, and Religion: Korean American Campus Evangelicals’ Ethnic Religious Participation”

2000: John Fox, University of California, Los Angeles,“Identity Formation in Migration: The Case of Transylvania Hungarian Guest Workers”

1999: Irene Bloemraad, Harvard University, “A Macro-Institutional Approach to Immigrant Political Incorporation: Comparing the Naturalization Rates and Processes of Portuguese Immigrants in the U.S. and Canada”

1997: Nancy Weinberg, Stanford University, “Labor Market Attainment in the Context of Mass Migration: The Case of Soviet Jewish Immigrants in Israel”

1996: Dae Young Kim, The Graduate Center, City University New York, "The Limits of Ethnic Solidarity: The employment of Mexicans and Ecuadorians in Korean-owned Businesses in New York City"


The Section on International Migration's Distinguished Career Award

2019: Steven Gold, Michigan State University

2018: Andreas Wimmer, Columbia University

2017: Min Zhou, University of California, Los Angeles

2016: Mary Waters, Harvard University

2015: Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, University of Southern California

2014: Rubén G. Rumbaut, University of California, Irvine

2012: Pyong Gap Min, Queens College

2012: Roger Waldinger, University of California, Los Angeles

2011: Frank D. Bean, University of California, Irvine

2010: Nancy Foner, Hunter College, City University of New York

2009: Douglas S. Massey, Princeton University

2008: Richard D. Alba, Graduate Center, City University of New York

2005: Edna Bonacich, University of California,Riverside

2005: Lydio Tomasi, Center for Migration Studies

2004: Herbert J. Gans, Columbia University

2004: Nathan Glazer, Harvard University

2000: Ivan Light, University of California, Los Angeles

1998: Alejandro Portes, Princeton University


The Section on International Migration's Louis Wirth Best Article Award

2019: Wesley Hiers, University of Pittsburgh, Thomas Soehl, McGill University, and Andreas Wimmer, Columbia University, "National Trauma and the Fear of Foreigners: How Past Geopolitical Threat Heightens Anti-Immigration Sentiment Today," Social Forces 96(1):361-388. 2017.

2019: Asad L. Asad, Stanford University, and Jackelyn Hwang, Stanford University, "Indigenous Places and the Making of Undocumented Status in Mexico-US Migration," International Migration Review 2018.

2018: Maria Abascal, Columbia University, "Tu Casa, Mi Casa: Naturalization and Belonging Among Latino Immigrants," International Migration Review 51(2):291-322. 2017.

2018: Rene Flores, University of Washington, "Do Anti-Immigrant Laws Shape Public Sentiment? A Study of Arizona's SB 1070 Using Twitter Data," American Journal of Sociology 123(2):333-384. 2017.

2018 Honorable Mention: Cynthia Feliciano, University of California, Irvine, and Yader Lanuza, University of Miami, "An Immigrant Paradox? Contextual Attainment and Intergenerational Educational Mobility," American Sociological Review 82(1):211-241. 2017.

2017: Ariela Schachter, “From ‘Different’ to ‘Similar’: An Experimental Approach to Understanding Assimilation,” American Sociological Review 81(5):981-1013. 2016.

2017 Honorable Mention: Cecilia Menjívar and Sarah M. Lakhani,“Transformative Effects of Immigration Law: Migrants’ Personal and Social Metamorphoses through Regularization,” American Journal of Sociology 121(6):1818-1855. 2016.

2017 Honorable Mention: Dana Moss, “Transnational Repression, Diaspora Mobilization, and the Case of the Arab Spring,” Social Problems 63(4):480-498. 2016.

2016: Mathew J. Creighton and Amaney Jamal, “Does Islam Play a Role in Anti-Immigrant Sentiment? An Experimental Approach,” Social Science Research 53:98-103. 2015.

2016: Kim Ebert and Dina Okamoto, “Legitimating Contexts, Immigrant Protests, and Exclusionary Actions,” Social Problems 62(1):40-67. 2015.

2015: Robert Courtney Smith, “Black Mexicans, Conjunctural Ethnicity, and Operating Identities: Long-Term Ethnographic Analysis,”American Sociological Review 79(3):517-548. 2014.

2014: Hana Brown, Wake Forest University, “Race, Legality, and the Social Policy Consequences of Anti-Immigration Mobilization,” American Sociological Review 78(2):290-314. 2013.

2013: Joanna Dreby, State University of New York, 2012. "The Burden of Deportation on Children in Mexican Immigrant Families," Journal of Marriage and Family 74(4):829–845. 2012.

2013: Julie Stewart, University of Utah, "Fiction over Facts: How competing narrative forms explain policy in a new immigration destination," The Sociological Forum 27(3):591–616. 2012.


The Section on International Migration's Thomas and Znaniecki Best Book Award

2019: Héctor Carrilo, Northwestern University, Pathways of Desire: The Sexual Migration of Mexican Gay Men. University of Chicago Press. 2017.

2019 Honorable Mention: Abigail Andrews, University of California, San Diego, Undocumented Politics: Place, Gender, and the Pathways of Mexican Migrants. University of California Press. 2018. 

2019 Honorable Mention: Neda Nagbouleh, University of Toronto, The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race. Stanford University Press. 2017.

2018: Anju Mary Paul, Yale-NUS College, Multinational Maids: Stepwise Migration in a Global Labor Market. Cambridge University Press. 2017.

2018 Honorable Mention: Angel Adams Parham, Loyola University, New Orleans, American Routes: Racial Palimpsests and the Transformation of Race. Oxford University Press. 2017.

2017: Jaeeun Kim, Contested Embrace: Transborder Membership Politics in Twentieth-Century Korea. Stanford University Press. 2016.

2017 Honorable Mention: Richard Alba and Nancy Foner, Strangers No More: Immigration and the Challenges of Integration in North America and Western Europe. Princeton University Press. 2015. 

2017 Honorable Mention: Roberto Gonzalez, Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America. University of California Press. 2016.

2016: Jennifer Lee and Min Zhou, The Asian American Achievement Paradox. Russell Sage Foundation. 2015.

2016 Honorable Mention: Frank Bean, Susan Brown, and James Bachmeier, Parents Without Papers: The Progress and Pitfalls of Mexican American Integration. Russell Sage Foundation. 2015.

2016 Honorable Mention: Katharine Donato and Donna Gabaccia, Gender and International Migration: From the Slavery Era to the Global Age. Russell Sage Foundation. 2015.

2015: David Fitzgerald and David Cook-Martín, Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas.  Harvard University Press. 2014.

2015 Honorable Mention: Leisy J. Abrego, Sacrificing Families: Navigating Laws, Labor, and Love Across Borders. Stanford University Press. 2014.

2015 Honorable Mention: Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Paradise Transplanted: Migration and the Making of California Gardens. University of California Press. 2014.

2014: David A. Cook-Martin, Grinnell College, The Scramble for Citizens: Dual Nationality and State Competition for Immigrants. Stanford University Press. 2013.

2014 Honorable Mention: Shannon Gleeson, Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston. Cornell University Press. 2012.

2013: Cybelle Fox, University of California, Berkeley, Three Worlds of Relief: Race, Immigration, and the American Welfare State from the Progressive Era to the New Deal. Princeton University Press. 2012.

2012: Natasha Warikoo, Harvard University, Balancing Acts: Youth Culture in the Global City. University of California Press. 2011.

2011: Joanna Dreby, Divided by Borders: Mexican Migrants and their Children. University of California Press. 2010.

2011 Honorable Mention: Pyong Gap Min, Preserving Ethnicity through Religion in AmericaNYU Press. 2010.

2010: Ruben Hernandez-Leon, Metropolitan Migrants: The Migration of Urban Mexicans to the United States. University of California Press. 2008.

2010 Honorable Mention: Anny Bakalian and Mehdi Bozorgmehr, Backlash 9/11: Middle Eastern and Muslim Americans Respond. University of California Press. 2009.

2009: Philip Kasinitz, John Mollenkopf, Mary Waters, and Jennifer Holdaway, Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age. Russell Sage Foundation. 2008.

2009 Honorable Mention: Rubén Hernández-León, Metropolitan Migrants: The Migration of Urban Mexicans in the United States. University of California Press. 2008.

2009 Honorable Mention: Eddie Telles and Vilma Ortiz, Generations of Exclusion: Mexican Americans, Assimilation, and Race. Russell Sage Foundation. 2009.

2008: Ivan Light, Deflecting Immigration: Networks, Markets, and Regulation in Los Angeles. Russell Sage Foundation. 2006.

2008 Honorable Mention: Irene Bloemraad, Becoming a Citizen: Incorporating Immigrants and Refugees in The United States and Canada. University of California Press. 2006.

2007: Dowell Myers, Immigrants and Boomers: Forging a New Social Contract for the Future of America. Russell Sage Foundation. 2007.

2007 Honorable Mention: Christian Zlolniski, Janitors, Street Vendors, and Activists: The Lives of Mexican Immigrants in Silicon Valley. University of California Press. 2006.

2006: Robert Courtney Smith, Baruch College and Graduate Center, City University of New York, Mexican New York: Transnational Lives of New immigrants. University of California Press. 2005.

2006 Honorable Mention: Margaret Chin, Hunter College, Sewing Women: Immigrants and the New York City Garment Industry. Columbia University Press. 2005.

2005: Yen Le Espiritu, Home Bound: Filipino American Lives Across Cultures, Communities and Countries. University of California Press. 2003.

2005 Honorable Mention: Nancy Foner and George M. Fredrickson, Not Just Black and White: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Immigration, Race and Ethnicity in the United States. Russell Sage Foundation. 2004.

2004: Richard Alba and Victor Nee, Remaking the American Mainstream : Assimilation and Contemporary Immigration. Harvard University Press. 2003.

2004 Honorable Mention: Roger Waldinger and Michael I. Lichter, How the Other Half Works: Immigration and the Social Organization of Labor. University of California Press. 2003.

2004 Honorable Mention: Douglas S. Massey, Jorge Durand, and Nolan J. Malone, Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Immigration in an Era of Economic Integration. Russell Sage Foundation. 2002.

2003: Steven J. Gold, The Israeli Diaspora. University of Washington Press. 2002.

2003 Honorable Mention: Jennifer Lee, Civility in the City: Blacks, Jews and Koreans in Urban America. Harvard University Press. 2002.

2002: Alejandro Portes, Princeton University, Rubén G. Rumbaut, University of California, Irvine, Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation. University of California Press. 2001.

2002 Honorable Mention: Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Domestica: Immigrant Workers Cleaning and Caring in the Shadows of Affluence. University of California Press. 2001.

2002 Honorable Mention: Peggy Levitt, Transnational Villagers. University of California Press. 2001.

2001: Mary C. Waters, Harvard University, Black Identities: West Indian Dreams and American Realities. Harvard University Press. 1999.

2001 Honorable Mention: Cecilia Menjivar, Fragmented Ties: Salvadoran Immigrant Networks in America. University of California Press. 2000.

2000: Charles Hirschman, University of Washington, Josh De Wind, Social Science Research Council, and Philiph Kasinitz, Hunter College, Handbook of International Migration: The American Experience. Russell Sage Foundation. 1999.

2000 Honorable Mention: Jeff Reitz, The Warmth of the Welcome. Westview Press. 1998.

2000 Honorable Mention: Saskia Sassen, Guests and Aliens. W.W Norton. 1999.

1999: Min Zhou, University of California, Los Angeles, and Carl L. Bankston, III, University of Southwest Louisiana, Growing up American: How Vietnamese Children Adapt to Life in the United States. Russell Sage Foundation. 1998.

1998: Award not given

1997: Roger Waldinger, University of California, Los Angeles, and Mehdi Bozorgmehr, City University of New York, Ethnic Los Angeles. Russell Sage Foundation. 1996.

1997 Honorable Mention: Ewa Morawska, Insecure Prosperity : Small-Town Jews in Industrial America, 1890-1940. Princeton University Press. 1997.

1996: Philip Kasinitz, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University New York, Caribbean New York: Black Immigrants and the Politics of Race. Cornell University Press. 1992.

1996: Ellen Oxfeld, Middlebury College, Blood, Sweat, and Mahjong: Family and Enterprise in an Overseas Chinese Community. Cornell University Press. 1993.

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