American Sociological Association

Mathematical Sociology Award Recipient History

The Section on Mathematical Sociology's Harrison White Outstanding Book Award

2019: Damon Centola, How behavior spreads: The science of complex contagions. Vol. 3. Princeton University Press, 2018.

2016: Dean Lusher, Johan Koskinen, and Garry Robins, Exponential Random Graph Models for Social Networks. Cambridge University Press. 2013.

2013: Noah Friedkin and Eugene Johnsen, Social Influence Network Theory: A Sociological Examination of Small Group Dynamics. Cambridge University Press. 2011.

2010: David R. Heise, Expressive Order: Confirming Sentiments in Social Actions. Springer. 2007.

2007: Patrick Doreian, Vladimir Batagelj, and Anuska Ferligoj, Generalized Block Modeling. Cambridge University Press. 2005.

2006: Peter J. Carrington, John Scott, and Stanley Wasserman, Models and Methods in Social Network Analysis. Cambridge University Press. 2005.


The Section on Mathematical Sociology's James S. Coleman Distinguished Career Achievement Award

Career Achievement Award - begun in 2002, given every other year.

2020: Noah Friedkin, University of California, Santa Barbara

2018: Ronald Breiger, University of Arizona

2017: Lynn Smith-Lovin, Duke University

2014: Phil Bonacich, University of California, Los Angeles

2012: John Skvoretz

2010: David R. Heise, Indiana University

2008: Scott Boorman, Yale University

2006: Linton Freeman, University of California, Irvine

2004: Thomas Fararo, University of Pittsburgh

2002: Harrison White, Columbia University


The Section on Mathematical Sociology's Outstanding Dissertation in Progress

This award was first given in 2007

2020: Austin C. Kozlowski, University of Chicago, "Three Essays On The Structure And Organization Of American Political Belief System"

2019: Cassie McMillan, The Pennsylvania State University, “Worth the weight: Framing social processes as weighted social networks”

2018: Jeffrey Lienert, “The social and biological effects of patient-patient co-presence on health in hospitals using electronic medical records”

2017: Jaemin Lee, Duke University, “The Social Origins of Opinion Dynamics: Consolidation, Structural Cohesion, and Political Polarization”

2016: Yongren Shi, "Study of Political and Cultural Polarization Using Book Co-purchases and Reviews"

2015: Jacob C. Fisher, “Latent space and social psychological models of diffusion”

2014: Jesse Clark, University of Georgia

2013: Zack Almquist, University of California, Irvine, "Vertex Processes in Social Networks"

2013: Akshay Patil, Stony Brook University, "Analyzing Dynamics in Online Social Networks"

2011: Nick Berigan, University of South Carolina, "Justice, Sanctioning, and Retaliation in the Provision of Public Goods"

2010: David Melamed, University of Arizona

2010: Jeffrey Smith, Duke University

2009: Tucker S. McGrimmon, University of South Carolina, "Social Diversity and the Efficacy of Majority Rule Voting"

2008: Pamela Emanuelson, University of South Carolina, “Extension and Refinement of Network Exchange Theory”

2007: Rense Corten, Utrecht University, Netherlands, “Coevolution of Social Networks and Behavior in Social Dilemmas”


The Section on Mathematical Sociology's Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award

2020: Alina Arseniev-Koehler, University of California, Los Angeles, “Machine learning as a model for cultural learning: Teaching an algorithm what it means to be fat"

2019: Robert Manduca, “The Contribution of National Income Inequality to Regional Economic Divergence”

2018: Scott Duxbury, “Diagnosing Multicollinearity in Exponential Random Graph Models,” forthcoming in Sociological Methods & Research

2016: Sosuke Okada, University of Arizona, “Structure of Cultural Rejection,” Sociological Perspectives 60(2):355-377. 2017.

2015: Andrei Boutyline, University of California, Berkeley, “Detecting Shared Cultural Schemas with Correlational Class Analysis: Theory and Methodology”

2014: Alexander Hanna, University of Wisconsin, “Computer-Aided Content Analysis of Digitally Enabled Movements,” Mobilization 18(4):367-388. 2013.

2013: Charles Seguin, "Cultural Superstardom from Multiple Mechanisms: Two Mathematical Models of Cultural Object Popularity"

2012: David Melamed and Scott Savage, "Predicting Social Influence: A Model at the Intersection of Sociology and Psychology"

2011: Aston Verdery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "Population Growth and Social Structure"

2010: David Melamed, “Quantifying Justice Evaluations with Graded Status Characteristics”

2009: Neha Gondal, Rutgers University, "Knowledge Space as a Partially Self-Organizing System"

2008: Michael Genkin and Alexander Gutfraind, Cornell University, “How Do Terrorist Cells Assemble? Insights from an agent-Based Model”

2007: Yen-Sheng Chiang, “Birds of Moderately Different Feathers: Bandwagon Dynamics and the Threshold of Network Neighbors," Journal of Mathematical Sociology 31(1):1-23. 2007.

2006: Steven Bernard and Robb Willer, Cornell University, “A Wealth and Status-Based Model of Residential Segregation,” Journal of Mathematical Sociology 31(2):149-174. 2007.

2005: Ko Kuwabara, Cornell University, "Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself," Social Forces 84(2):1257-1272. 2005.

2004: Arnout van de Rijt and Robb Willer, Cornell University, “Metanetworks: A Factor in Structural Change”

2003: Fabio Rojas and Kirby Schroeder, University of Chicago

2002: Andrew Noymer, University of California, Berkeley, “The Transformation and Persistence Application of Age-Structured Epidemic”

2001: Vincent Buskens, Utrecht University, “A Stochastic Model for Information Diffusion in Social Networks”

1999: Carter E. Butts, Carnegie-Mellon University, “A Beyesian Model of Panic in Belief,” Computational & Mathematical Organization Theory 4(4):373-404. 1998.

1998: Award not given


The Section on Mathematical Sociology's Outstanding Article Publication Award

From 1999 to 2003, one award publication was given yearly, for either a book or an article. Since 2004, there have been two publication awards: the Outstanding Article Award (given every year) and the Harrison White Outstanding Book Award (given every other year)

2020: Xiang Zhou, Harvard University, “Equalization or selection? Reassessing the ‘meritocratic power’ of a college degree in intergenerational income mobility," American Sociological Review.

2020: Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, University of Minnesota, “Multidimensional mortality selection: Why individual dimensions of frailty don’t act like frailty,"  Demography.

2019: Noah P. Mark, University of North Carolina, Charlotte,  "Status organizes cooperation: An evolutionary theory of status and social order." American Journal of Sociology 123.6 (2018): 1601-1634

2018: Dennis Feehan and Matthew Salganik, “Generalizing the network scale-up method: A new estimator for the size of hidden populations,” Sociological Methodology 46(1):153-186. 2016.

2018: Joscha Legewie and Merlon Schaeffer, “Contested Boundaries: Explaining where ethnoracial diversity provokes neighborhood conflict,” American Journal of Sociology 122(1):125-161. 2016.

2018 Honorable Mention: Joshua Becker, Devon Brackbill, and Damon Centola, “Network dynamics of social influence in the wisdom of crowds,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114(26):E5070-E7076. 2017.

2017: Tobias Schroder, Jesse Hoey, and Kimberly B. Rogers, “Modeling Dynamic Identities and Uncertainty in Social Interactions: Bayesian Affect Control Theory,” American Sociological Review 81(4):828-855. 2016.

2016: Daniel J. DellaPosta, Yongren Shi, and Michael W. Macy, “Why Do Liberals Drink Lattes?” American Journal of Sociology 120(5):1473-1511. 2015.

2015: Elizabeth E. Bruch, “How population structure shapes neighborhood segregation,” American Journal of Sociology 119(5):1221. 2014.

2014: Gianluca Manzo, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, "Educational choices and social interactions: a formal model and a computational test,” Comparative Social Research 30:47-100. 2013.

2013: Lincoln Quillian, "Segregation and Poverty Concentration: The Role of Three Segregations," American Sociological Review 77(3):354-379. 2012.

2012: Andreas Wimmer and Kevin Lewis, "Beyond and Below Racial Homophily: ERG Models of a Friendship Network Documented on Facebook," American Journal of Sociology 116(2):583-642. 2010.

2011: Damon Centola, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "The Spread of Behavior in an Online Social Network Experiment," Science 329(5996):1194-1197.

2009: Damon Canola and Michael Macy, "Complex Contagions and Weakness of Long Ties," American Journal of Sociology 113(3):702-34. 2007.

2008: Delia Baldassarri and Peter Bearman, “Dynamics of Political Polarization,” American Sociological Review 72(5):784-811. 2007.

2007: James Kitts, “Collective Action, Rival Incentives, and the Emergences of Antisocial Norms,” American Sociological Review 71(2):235-259.  2006.v

2006: Damon Centola, Robb Willer, and Michael Macy, “The Emperors Dilemma: a Computational Model of Self-Enforcing Norms,” American Journal of Sociology 110(4):1009-1040. 2005.

2005: Douglas Heckathorn, Cornell University, and Mathew J. Salganik, Columbia University, "Sampling and Estimation in Hidden Populations Using Respondent-Driven Sampling," Sociological Methodology 34(1):193-239. 2004.

2004: James Moody and Douglas R. White, “Structural Cohesion and Embeddedness: A Hierarchical Concept of Social Groups,” American Sociological Review 68(1):103-27. 2003.

2003: Laszlo Polos, University of Amsterdam, and Michael Hannan, Stanford University

2002: Andrew Noymer, University of California, Berkeley, “The Transformation and Persistence Application of Age-Structured Epidemic”

2001: Philip Bonacich, University of California, Los Angeles, “A Behavioral Foundation for a Structural Theory of Power in Exchange Networks,” Social Psychology Quarterly 61(3):185-198. 1998.

2000: Duncan Watts, “Networks, Dynamics, and the Small-World Phenomenon,” American Journal of Sociology 105(2):493-527. 1999.

1999: Noah E. Friedkin, University of California, Santa Barbara, A Structural Theory of Social Influence. Cambridge University Press. 1998.

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