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Peace, War and Social Conflict Award Recipient History

The Section on Peace, War and Social Conflict's Elise Boulding Student Paper Award

This award is granted to an Undergraduate and a Graduate student each Year.

2020: Blair Sackett, University of Pennsylvania, “Economic Shocks: Scarcity and Episodic Precarity in a Refugee Camp.” 

2019: Catalina Vallejo, University of Virginia, "Economic Reparations, Entrepreneurship, and Post-Conflict Development: Evidence from Columbia" 

2019 Honorable Mention: Omri Tubi, Northwestern University, "Cultural Bellicism: Fighting Mosquitoes and building a State in Mandatory Palestine and Israel"

2018: Ricarda Hammer, Brown University, and Alexandre White, Boston University, “Black Revolutions, Black Republics” 

2018 Honorable Mention: Maryam Alemzadeh, University of Chicago, “The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps in the Iran–Iraq war: An Unconventional Military’s Survival”

2017: Andrew P. Davis, "Lonely at War: Social Isolation and Treachery in Civil Conflict"

2016: Aliza Luft, “The Sounds of Silence”

2016: Ali Kadivar, “Mass Mobilization and Durability of New Democracies”

2015: Robert Braun, “Religious Minorities and Resistance to Genocide: the Collective Rescue of Jews in the Netherlands during the Holocaust,” American Political Science Review 110(1):127-147. 2016.

2015: Hassan El Menyawi, “The Great Reversal”

2014 Undergraduate: Tracilyn Babington, Randolph-Macon College, “Framing Inequality: Analyzing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in the Media”

2014 Graduate: Eric Schoon, University of Arizona, “The Asymmetry of Legitimacy: Analyzing the Legitimation of Violence in 30 Cases of Insurgent Revolution,” Social Forces 93(2):779-801. 2014.

2013 Graduate: Daniel Blocq, University of Wisconsin, “Formation of Armed Self-Defense Groups during Civil Wars”

2013 Graduate: Molly Clever, University of Maryland, “Justifying War in Post-War Conflicts”

2013 Undergraduate: Andrea Verdeja, Brandeis University, "The Merging of Times: Refugee Identity within the West Bank"

2012: Yuval Feinstein, University of California, Los Angeles, “American Nationalism, Emotions, and Public Support for Military Action: Evidence from a Survey-Based Experiment”

2011: Matthew Eddy, University of Oregon, "Freedom Summer Abroad: Biographical Pathways and Cosmopolitanism Among Human Rights Workers," Pp. 209-258 in Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change (Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Volume 31. Emerald Publishing Group. 2011.

2010 Graduate: Yuval Feinstein, University of California, Los Angeles, "Youth in Northern Ireland: The Role of Narratives in Promoting Reconciliation"

2010 Undergraduate: Reina Chano, Swarthmore College, “Social Memory and Victimhood in the Former Yugoslavian Republic”

2009: Kenton Eidse

2008 Graduate: Captain Jana K. Fajardo, Columbia University, “Unity, Division and Masculinity: An Exploration of the Total Institutional Methods of Madness at the United States Military Academy”

2008 Graduate: Victor P. Corona, Columbia University, “Attainment Clusters in U.S. Army Officer Careers, 1979-2006”

2008 Undergraduate: Chelsea Cunningham, United States Military Academy, “United States Army Spouses: Fear, Communication, and Job Satisfaction During Operation Iraqi Freedom II”

2007: Thomas DeGloma, Rutgers University, State University of New Jersey, “Expanding the Survivor Worldview: Transmitting and Bridging Trauma Through Space and Time”

2007 Graduate: Robert Kevlihan, American University, “Humanitarian Aid, Social Services and Conflict Dynamics: Exploring the Case of Sudan”

2007 Undergraduate: Danilo Mandic, Princeton University, “Myths and Bombs: War, State Popularity and the Collapse of National Mythology in Serbia”

2006 Graduate: Tammy Smith, Columbia University, “Institution-Building After Conflict: Emergent Confidence or interpersonal Trust?”

2006 Undergraduate: Arielle Botter, Rowan University, “Their Own Corner of the Island: Violent Nationalism Among Sri Lanka’s Tamils”

2005: Katherine E. McCoy, University of Wisconsin, Madison

2005: Rachel K. Beck, University of Wisconsin, Madison

2004: Natassia Pura, "Framing Empire: A Case Study"

2004: Clayton D. Peoples, "How Discriminatory Policies Impact Interethnic Violence: A Cross-Nation, Group-Level Analysis,” International Journal of Sociology 34(1):71-96. 2015.

2003: Karen Albright, Courtney B. Abrams, and Aaron L. Panofsky, New York University, “'An Event Downtown’ to ‘An Historical Event’: The Social Construction of Disaster in Narratives of September 11”

2002: Connie D. Frey, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, "Jane Addams on Peace and Bread and the Implications for Enduring Freedom”

2000: Natasha Chen Christensen, University of California, Los Angeles, “Geeks at Play: Doing Masculinity on an On-Line Gaming Site”

2000 Undergraduate: Mathew Morgan, U.S. Military Academy, “Warrior Scholars: The Need for Intellectual Ability in the Modern Officer Corps”

1999 Graduate: Chris Bourg, Stanford University, “The Effects of Obligatory Military Service on the Civic Consciousness and Behavior of American Men”

1999 Undergraduate: Joel Richard Torres, University of California, Los Angeles, “Mexican Americans in the United States Armed Forces: An Exploratory Study”

1998: Anne Marie Holohan, University of California-Los Angeles, “Have I Got News for You: Changing the Guard in Foreign Press Coverage in Haiti”

1997: Niranjan Karnik, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, “Covering Central Africa in Crisis: War, Refuge and Imagery”

1997: Wei-Lin Wang, Wellesley College, “Problematizing the Resurgence of Korean Military ‘Comfort Women'”

1996: Natalie Frensley, University of Texas at Austin, “Ratification Processes and International Conflict Termination”

1996: Morton Ender, University of North Dakota, “Social Presence Theory, Military Families, and the Comparison of Old and New Communication Media”

1995: Laura Miller, “Who Speaks for Women? Feminism and the Exclusion of Military Women from Combat”

1994: Tracy X. Karner, University of Kansas, Lawrence, "Fathers, Sons, and Vietnam: Masculinity & Betrayal in the Life of Vietnam Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder," American Studies 37(1):63-94. 1996.

1993: David Rier, Columbia University, "The Institutional/ Occupational Thesis of the Military Profession: Insights from Medical Sociology & Sociology of Science"

1992: Ron Pagnucco, Catholic University, and Jackie Smith, University of Notre Dame, "Democracy & Foreign Policy: Political Opportunity and the U.S. Peace Movement"

1991: Amy Hubbard, "The Role of Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution Groups in Social Movements: American Palestinians and Jews in the Middle East"

1990: Judith Klinghoffer, "'Peace Now' and the Israeli Political Culture: History and Future Prospects"

1989: Milton Rinehart, University of Colorado, Boulder, "Toward Better Concepts of Peace"


The Section on Peace, War and Social Conflict's Graduate Student Fellows

Commemorating United Nations officials who have lost their lives in the effort to reduce violence.

2010: Laura J. Heideman, University of Wisconsin, Madison

2010: Daniel Poole, University of Utah

2009: Louis Edgar Esparza, Stony Brook University

2006: Ryan Burgess, Teachers College, Columbia University

2006: Michelle Gawerc, Boston College


The Section on Peace, War and Social Conflict's Outstanding Book Award

2020: Robert Braun, Protectors of Pluralism: Religious Minorities and the Rescue of Jews in the Low Countries during the Holocaust. Cambridge University Press, 2019.

2019: Marie Berry, War, Women, and Power; From Violence to Mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Cambridge University Press. 2018.

2019 Honorable Mention: Chandra Russo, Solidarity in Practice: Moral Protest and the U.S. Security State. Cambridge University Press. 2018.

2018: Kevin J.A. Thomas, Pennsylvania State University, Contract Workers, Risk, and the War in Iraq. McGill-Queen’s University Press. 2017.

2018: Siniša Malešević, University College Dublin, The Rise of Organized Brutality: A Historical Sociology of Violence. Cambridge University Press. 2017.

2017: Janet Jacobs, The Holocaust Across Generations: Trauma and its Inheritance among Descendants of Survivors. New York University Press. 2016.

2017: Robert Vargas, Wounded City: Violent Turf Wars in a Chicago Barrio. Oxford University Press. 2016.

2016: Elizabeth Holzer, The Concerned Women of Buduburam: Refugee Activists and Humanitarian Dilemmas. Cornell University Press. 2015.

2015: Lisa Leitz, Fighting for Peace: Veterans and Military Families in the Anti-Iraq War Movement. University of Minnesota Press. 2014.

2014: David Cunningham, Brandeis University, Klansville, U.S.A: The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights-Era Ku Klux Klan. Oxford University Press. 2012.

2013: Andreas Wimmer, Waves of War: Nationalism, State Formation and Ethnic Exclusion in the Modern World. Cambridge University Press. 2013.

2012: Sharon Erickson Nepstad, University of New Mexico, Nonviolent Revolutions: Civil Resistance in the Late Twentieth Century. Oxford University Press. 2011.

2011: Steven Carlton Ford,  University of Cincinnati, and Dr. Morten G. Ender, West Point the United States Military Academy, The Routledge Handbook of War and Society: Iraq and Afghanistan. Routledge. 2011.

2010: Morten Ender, United States Military Academy, American Soldiers in Iraq: McSoldiers or Innovative Professionals? Routledge. 2009.

2009: Sharon Erickson Nepstad, Religion and War Resistance in the Plowshares Movement. Cambridge University Press. 2008.

The Section on Peace, War and Social Conflict's Outstanding Published Article Award

2020: Jon Gordon, “The Legitimation of Extrajudicial Violence in an Urban Community,” Social Forces. 2019.

2020 Honorable Mention: Jelena Golubović. 2019. “‘One Day I Will Tell This to My Daughter’: Serb Women, Silence, and the Politics of Victimhood in Sarajevo.” Anthropological Quarterly 92 (4): 1173-1199. 

2019: Yuval Feinstein, “One Flag, Two Rallies: Mechanisms of Public Opinion in Israel During the 2014 Gaza War,” Social Science Research 69:65–82. 2018.

2019 Honorable Mention: Anjuli N. Fahlberg, “Rethinking Favela Governance: Nonviolent Politics in Rio de Janeiro’s Gang Territories,” Politics & Society 46(4):485–512. 2018.

2018: Marie E. Berry, University of Denver, “Barriers to Women’s Progress After Atrocity: Evidence from Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina,” Gender and Society 31(6):830-853. 2017.

2018 Honorable Mention: Hollie Nyseth Brehm, The Ohio State University, "Subnational Determinants of Killing in Rwanda," Criminology 55(1):5-31. 2017.

2017: Dana Moss, "Transitional Repression, Diaspora Mobilization, and the Case of the Arab Spring," Social Problems 63(4):480–498. 2016.

2017: Yuval Feinstein , “Pulling the Trigger: How Threats to the Nation Increase Support for Military Action via the Generation of Hubris,” Sociological Science 3(15):317-334. 2016.

2016: Diana Rodriquez-Franco, “Internal Wars, Taxation, and State Building,” American Sociological Review 81(1):190-213. 2016.

2015: Colin J Beck, “Reflections on the revolutionary wave in 2011,” Theory and Society 43(2):197-223. 2014.

2014: Elizabeth Holzer, University of Connecticut, “What Happens to Law in a Refugee Camp?” Law & Society Review, 47(4):837-872. 2013.

2013: Gregory M. Maney, Michael A. McCarthy, and Grace B. Yukich.,  "Explaining Political Violence against Civilians in Northern Ireland: A Contention-Oriented Approach," Mobilization: An International Journal 17(1):27-48. 2012.

2012: Lisa Leitz, Hendrix College, “Oppositional Identities: The Military Peace Movement’s Challenge to Pro-Iraq War Frames,” Social Problems 58(2):235-256. 2011.

2011: Sarah Sobieraj, Tufts University, “Reporting Conventions: Journalists, Activists, and the Thorny Struggle for Political Visibility," Social Problems 57(4):505-528. 2010.

2010: Joyce Apsel, New York University, "The Complexity of Destruction in Darfur: Historical Processes and Regional Dynamics," Human Rights Review 10(2):239-259. 2008.

2010: Meredith Kleykamp, University of Maryland, "A Great Place to Start?: The Effect of Prior Military Service on Hiring," Armed Forces & Society 35(2):266-285. 2009.

2009: Patrick Coy, Lynne Woehrle, Greg Maney, “Discursive Legacies: The US Peace Movement and "Support the Troops," Social Problems 55(2):161-89. 2008.

The Section on Peace, War and Social Conflict's Robin Williams Award for Distinguished Contributions to Scholarship, Teaching, and Service

This award, first given in 1992 as the Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Professional Service, was renamed as the Distinguished Contributions to Scholarship, Teaching, and Service Award in 1993.

2020: No award made.

2019: David Cunningham, Washington University in St. Louis

2018: Greg Maney, Hofstra University (awarded posthumously)

2017: Patrick G. Coy, Kent State University

2016: Morten G. Ender, United States Military Academy

2015: J. Craig Jenkins, The Ohio State University

2014: James Burk, Texas A&M University

2012: Randall Collins, University of Pennsylvania

2011: Gordon Fellman, Brandeis University

2009: Jack Nusan Porter

2008: Mary Jo Deegan, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

2007: Sam Marullo, Georgetown University

2006: Charles Moskos, Northwestern University, Emeritus

2004: Paul Wehr, University of Colorado

2003: Dr. Thomas J. Scheff, University of California, Santa Barbara

2003: Dr. Suzanne M. Retzinger, Superior Court

2002: Mady Wechsler Segal, University of Maryland, Distinguished scholarship

2001: Glen Elder, University of North Carolina

2000: David R. Sengal, University of Maryland, Distinguished scholarship, teaching, and service

1999: Janet Abu-Lughod, New School for Social Research, Distinguished career

1998: Day Grimshaw, Indiana University, For a lifetime of scholarly work

1997: William Gamson, Boston College, Distinguished career

1996: Gene Sharp, Harvard University

1995: Herbert C. Kelman, Harvard University

1994: Elise Boulding, Dartmouth University

1993: Louis Kriesberg, Syracuse University, Helped organize section in mid-1970s

1992: Robin Williams, Cornell University

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