American Sociological Association

Medical Sociology Section Past Award Recipients

The Section on Medical Sociology's Donald W. Light Award for Applied or Public Practice of Medical Sociology

2019: Brian C. Kelly, Mike Vuolo, Laura C. Frizzell, and Elaine M. Hernandez, “Denormalization, Smoke-free Air Policy, and Tobacco Use among Young Adults”

2018: Jennifer Reich, University of Colorado, Denver, Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines. New York University Press. 2016.

2017: Helen Marrow and Tiffany Joseph, "Excluded and Frozen Out: Unauthorised Immigrants' (Non)Access to Care after US Health Care Reform," Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 41(14):2253-2273. 2015.

2016: Georgiann Davis, Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis. New York University Press. 2015.


The Section on Medical Sociology's Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award

The Eliot Friedson Award was established in 1993. The award alternates between a book and an article.

2019: Laura Stark, “Contracting Health: Procurement Contracts, Total Institutions, and the Problem of Virtuous Suffering in Postwar Human Experiment”

2019 Honorable Mention: Hui Zheng and Linda George, “Does Medical Expansion Improve Population Health?”

2018: Terence McDonnell, University of Notre Dame, Best Laid Plans: Cultural Entropy and the Unraveling of AIDS Media Campaigns. University of Chicago. 2016.

2017: Brea Perry, "Gendering Genetics: Biological Contingencies in the Protective Effects of Social Integration for Men and Women," American Journal of Sociology 121(6):1655-1696. 2016.

2017 Honorable Mention: C. Reczek, R. Spiker, H. Liu, and R. Crosnoe, "Family Structure and Child Health: Does the Sex Composition of Parents Matter?" Demography 53(5):1605-1630. 2016.

2016: Joanna Kempner, Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health. University of Chicago Press. 2014.

2015: Seth Abrutyn and Anna Mueller, “Are Suicidal Behaviors Contagious in Adolescence? Using Longitudinal Data to Examine Suicide Suggestion,” American Sociological Review 79(2):211–227. 2014.

2014: Sara Shostak, Brandeis University, Exposed Science: Genes, the Environment, and the Politics of Population Health. University of California Press. 2013.

2013: Rachel Kahn Best, University of Michigan

2012: Howard Waitzkin, University of New Mexico, Medicine and Public Health at the End of Empire. Paradigm Publishers. 2011.

2011: Ka Liu, Marissa King and Peter Bearman, Columbia University, “Social Influence and the Autism Epidemic,” American Journal of Sociology 115(5):1389-1434. 2010.

2010: Kelly A. Joyce, College of William and Mary, Magnetic Appeal: MRI and the Myth of Transparency. Cornell University Press. 2008.

2009: Bernice A. Pescosolido, Brea L. Perry, J. Scott Long, Jack K. Martin, John I. Nurnberger and Victor Hesselbrock, Indiana University, “Under the Influence of Genetics: How Transdisciplinarity Leads Us to Rethink Social Pathways to Illness,” American Journal of Sociology 114(1):171-201. 2008.

2008: Steven Epstein, University of California, San Diego, Inclusion: The Politics of Difference in Medical Research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2007. 

2007: Elizabeth Armstrong, Princeton University, Daniel P. Carpenter, Harvard University, and Marie Hojnacki, Pennsylvania State University, "Whose Deaths Matter?:Mortality, Advocacy, and Attention to Disease in the Mass Media," Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law 31(4):729-772. 2006.

2006: Stefan Timmermans, Brandeis University, Postmortem: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths. University of Chicago Press. 2006. 

2005: Jason Beckfield, "Does Income Inequality Harm Health?" Journal of Health and Social Behavior 45(3):231-248. 2004.

2005: Jill Quadagno, "Why the United States has No National Health Insurance," Journal of Health and Social Behavior 45(Extra Issue):25-44. 2004.

2004: Samuel W. Bloom, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, The Word as Scalpel: A History of Medical Sociology. Oxford University Press. 2002.

2001: David Rier, Bar-Ilan University, “The Missing Voice of the Critically Ill: Medical Scociologist’s First-Person Account”

2000: Carol Heimner and Lisa R. Staffen, Northwestern University, For the Sake of Children: The Social Organization of Responsibility in the Hospital and the Home. University of Chicago Press. 1998.

1999: Stephanie A. Robert, University of Wisconsin, Madison, “Community–Level Socio-Economic Status Effects on Adult Health”

1998: Daniel F. Chambliss, Hamilton College, Beyond Caring: Hospitals, Nurses and the Social Organization of Ethics. University of Chicago Press. 1996.

1997: Ann Barry Flood, Dartmouth Unversity, and Mary Fennell, Brown University, “Deciding Who Lives: Fateful Choices in the Intensive Care Nursery through the Lenses of Organizational Theory and Research in Conceptualizing and Examining our Health Care System"

1996: Renee Anspach, University of Michigan

1995: Catherine E. Ross and Chloe E. Bird, The Ohio State University Health Institute, “Sex Stratification and Health: Lifestyle Consequences for Men’s and Women’s Perceived Health,” Journal of Health and Social Behvaior 35(2):161-178. 1994.

1994: Gary L. Albrecht, University of Illinois, Chicago, The Disability Business: Rehabilitation in America. Sage Publications, Inc. 1992.

1993: Constance A. Nathanson, Johns Hopkins University, “Dangerous Passage: The Social Control of Sexuality in Women's Adolescence,” American Journal of Sociology 98(2):444-445. 1992.

1993: Robert Zussman, State University of New York, Stony Brook, Intensive Care: Medical Ethics and the Medical Profession. University of Chicago Press. 1992.


The Section on Medical Sociology's Howard B. Kaplan Memorial Award

2019: Mark Pawson

2018: Wallis Adams, Northeastern University

2017: Suzan Walters

2016: Bianca Manago, University of Indiana, Bloomington

2015: William McConnell, Indiana University, Bloomington

2014: Allison Houston, State University of New York, Albany

2013: Alexander Lu, Indiana University


The Section on Medical Sociology's Leo G. Reeder Award

In 1977 the Section on Medical Sociology established an award for distinguished service to the field. The award was renamed the Leo G. Reeder Award following the death of Reeder, Chair of the Section, in 1978. Leo G. Reeder was onboard Pacific Southwest Airlines flight 182 when it collided with another plane over San Diego on September 25, 1978; there were no survivors.

2019: Stefan Timmermans

2018: Paul Cleary, Yale University

2017: Kathy Charmaz

2016: Allan V. Horwitz, Rutgers

2015: Adele Clarke, University of California, San Francisco

2014: Catherine Ross, University of Texas, Austin

2014: John Mirowsky, University of Texas, Austin

2013: Charles L. Bosk, University of Pennsylvania

2012: Phil Brown, Brown University

2011: David Williams, Harvard University

2010: Peggy A. Thotis, Indiana University

2009: Jill Quadagno, Florida State University

2008: Carol Aneschensel, University of California, Los Angeles

2007: Bruce Link, Columbia University

2006: Howard B. Kaplan, Texas A&M University

2005: Bernice Pescosolido, Indiana University

2004: Peter Conrad, Brandeis University

2003: Walter R. Gove, Vanderbilt University

2002: R. Jay Turner, Florida State University

2001: James House, Institute for Survey Research, University of Michigan

2000: Mary E.W. Goss, Weill, Medical College of Cornell University

1999: Bruce Dohrenwend, Columbia University

1998: Robert Straus, University of Kentucky

1997: Howard Waitzkin, University of New Mexico

1996: Rodney M. Coe, Saint Louis University, School of Medicine

1995: John B. McKinlay, New England Research Institute

1994: Ronald M. Andersen, University of California, Los Angeles

1993: Marie R. Haug, Case Western Reserve University

1992: Marshall Becker, University of Michigan

1991: Leonard Pearlin, University of California, San Francisco

1990: Irving Zola, Brandeis University

1989: Samuel W. Bloom, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and the City University of New York

1988: Virginia Olesen, University of California, San Francisco

1987: John Clausen, University of California, Berkeley

1986: Sol Levine, Boston University

1985: Jack Elinson, Columbia University School of Public Health

1984: Renee Fox, University of Pennsylvania

1983: David Mechanic, University of Wisconsin

1982: Eliot Freidson, New York University

1981: Anselm Strauss, University of California, San Francisco

1980: Odin Anderson, University of Chicago

1979: Margot Jefferys, Bedford College, University of London

1978: Everett Hughes, University of Chicago

1977: August B. Hollingshead, Yale University


The Section on Medical Sociology's Louise Johnson Memorial Scholar

2019: Alexandra Brewer, “Moralizing the Opioid Shortage: Race, Pain, and Resource Scarcity in an Urban Hospital”

2019 Honorable Mention: Emily Allen Paine, “Queering the Clinic: Constructing Gender & Sexuality in LGBTQ Healthcare”

2018: Lauren D. Olsen, University of California, San Diego

2017: Alex Barnard

2016:  Lucie Kalousova, "Laboratories of Inequality: The Diffusion of Smokefree Regulations Throughout the United States"

2015: Tania M. Jenkins, Brown University

2014: Erin Madden, University of Wisconsin, Madison

2013: Mieke Thomeer, University of Texas

2012: Mike Halpin, University of Wisconsin, Madison, “Carry that Weight: Genetics, Genetic Suffering and Geneodicy”


The Section on Medical Sociology's Roberta G. Simmons Outstanding Dissertation Award

This award was named the Best Dissertation Award until 1993, then it became the Roberta G. Simmons Outstanding Dissertation Award.

2019: Patricia A. Homan, “Structural Sexism and Health in the United States”

2019 Honorable Mention: Josh Seim, “Working on the Poor:  Ambulance Labor in the Polarized City”

2018: Lindsay M. Stevens, Rutgers University, “According to Plan?: Medicine, Culture, and Reproductive Planning in the United States”

2018 Honorable Mention: Matthew Grace, Hamilton College, “Fractures in the Medical Education Pipeline: The Social Determinants of Program Attrition among Early Career Premedical Students”

2017: Tania Jenkins, "Solitary versus Supported Autonomy: How Stratification in Medical Education Shapes Approaches to Patient Care"

2016: Kelly Underman, “Playing doctor: Simulation in medical school as affective practice,” Social Science & Medicine 136-137:180-181. 2015.

2015: Jamie Chang, “Health in the Tenderloin: A Resident-Guided Study of Substance Use, Treatment, and Housing,” Social Science & Medicine 176:166-174. 2017.

2014: Trevor Hoppe, University of Michigan

2013: Garbarski, University of Wisconsin, Madison, "Cumulative Disadvantage in the Relationship of Child Health with Maternal Health and Family Socioeconomic Factors"

2012: Elaine Hernandez, The University of Texas, Austin, "The Unintended Consequences of Medical Advances: Educational Differences in H1N1 Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy"

2011: Nancy C. Davenport, Columbia University, “Medical Residents' Use of Narrative Templates in Storytelling and Diagnosis,” Social Science & Medicine 73(6):873-881. 2011.

2010: Kerry Dobransky, Northwestern University, James Madison University, “Help Me Help You: The Logic and Practice of Empowerment in Community Mental Health Services”

2009: Marissa D. King, Columbia University, “The Evolution of a Socioeconomic Gradient for Autism”

2008: Rene Almeling, University of California, Los Angeles, "Selling Genes, Selling Gender: Egg Agencies, Sperm Banks, and the Medical Market in Genetic Material," American Sociological Review 72(3):319-340. 2007.

2007: Kristen Springer, University of Wisconsin, "His and Her Marriage Today: The Impact of Wives’ Employment on Husbands’ Later Mid-Life Health"

2006: Joanna Kempner, University of Michigan, Not Tonight: The Politics of Gender and Legitimacy in Heachache Medicine. University of Chicago Press. 2014.

2005: Rebecca Utz, University of Utah, “Obesity in America 1960-2000: An Age-Period-Cohort Analysis”

2004: Jennifer Fishman, University of California, San Francisco and Case Western Reserve, "Manufacturing Desire: The Commodification of Female Sexual Dysfunction," Social Studies of Science 34(2):187-218. 2004. 

2001: Karen Luftey, University of Minnesota, “Practitioner Assessments of Patient Compliance with Medical Treatment Regimens: An Ethnographic Study of Two Diabetes Clinics”

2000: Elizabeth R. Armstrong, University of Michigan, “Diagnosing Moral Disorder: The Discovery and Evolution of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome,” Social Science & Medicine 47(12):2025-2042. 1998.

1999: Anne E. Barrett, Duke University, “Marital Trajectories and Mental Health: A Typological Approach to the Social Causation Hypothesis”

1998: Stephanie A. Robert, University of California, Berkeley, “Community-level Socioeconomic Status Effects on Adult Health,” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 39(1):18-37. 1998.

1997: Timothy J. Hoff, State University of New York, Albany, “Conflicting Identities among Physician-Managers in a Changing HMO”

1996: Monica J. Casper, University of California-Santa Cruz, "Working on and Around Human Fetuses: The Contested Domain of Fetal Surgery, 1963-1993"

1995: Eric R. Wright, Indiana University, “Caring for Those Who Can’t: Gender Network Structure, and the Burden of Caring For People with Mental Illness”

1994: Donald Barr, Stanford University, “Medical Work in Estonia: The Intersection of Professional and Bureaucratic Systems for Authority in Determining Professional Status and Rewards”

1993: Robin W. Simon, Indiana University, “Spouse, Parent, and Worker: Gender, Multiple Roles, Role Meaning and Mental Health”

1992: Shirley A. Hill, University of Kansas, “Mothers of Children with Sickle Cell Disease: The Management of Chronic Illness in Low-income African American Families”

1991: Karen A. Lyman, Chaffey College, “Stress in the Work of Dementia Care: A Comparison of Eight Alzheimer's Day Care Centers”

1990: Charles W. Hunt, University of Utah

1989: Thomas A. LaVeist, University of Michigan, “The Political Power and Health Status of Urban Blacks: Mapping a New Territory”

1988: Joan Fujimara, Harvard University

1987: Debra Umberson, University of Michigan, “Parenthood & Social Integration: Implications for Psychological Well-Being and Risk-Taking Behaviors”

1986: Adele Clark, University of California-San Francisco, “Emergence of the Reproductive Research Enterprise: A Sociology of Biological, Medical, and Agricultural Science in the U.S., 1910-1940”

1985: Catherine Taylor, McGill University, “Good Death as Medical Success”

1983: Renee Anspach, University of California-San Diego

1981: Robert Hernandez, University of North Carolina, “A Conservative Model of Selected Social-Psychological Processes Affecting Work Groups in Health Services Organizations”

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