American Sociological Association

Political Sociology Award Recipient History

The Section on Political Sociology's Distinguished Career in Political Sociology Award

2020: John Markoff, University of Pittsburgh 

2019: Frances Fox Piven, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York

2018: Theda Skocpol, Harvard University


The Section on Political Sociology's Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship for an Article Award

2020: Yao Lu, "Empowerment or Disintegration? Migration, Social Institutions, and Collective Action in Rural China"

2020 Honorable Mention: Isaac Reed, "Performative State-Formation in the Early American Republic"

2019: Elizabeth Anderson, “Policy Entrepreneurs and the Origins of the Welfare State: Child Labor Reform in 19th Century Europe,” American Sociological Review 83(1):173-211. 2018.

2019: Yan Long, “The Contradictory Impact of Transnational Aids Institutions on State Repression in China, 1989-2013,” American Journal of Sociology 124(2):309-366. 2018.

2018: Nicholas Pedriana and Robin Stryker, “From Legal Doctrine to Social Transformation? Comparing US Voting Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity and Fair Housing Legislation,” American Journal of Sociology 123(1):86-135. 2017.

2018 Honorable Mention: Christopher A. Bail, Taylor W. Brown, and Marcus Mann, "Channeling Hearts and Minds: Advocacy Organizations, Cognitive-Emotional Currents, and Public Conversation," American Sociological Review 82(6):1188-1213. 2017.

2017: Damon Mayrl and Sarah Quinn, “Defining the State from within: Boundaries, Schemas, and Associational Policymaking,” Sociological Theory 34(1):1–26.

2016: Paul Lichterman and Nina Eliasoph, "Civic Action," American Journal of Sociology 120(3):798-863. 2014.

2015: Malcolm Fairbrother, “Economists, Capitalists, and the Making of Globalization: North American Free Trade in Comparative- Historical Perspective,” American Journal of Sociology 119(5):1324-1379. 2014.

2014: Hana E. Brown, Wake Forest College, “Racialized Conflict and Policy Spillover Effects: The Role of Race in the Contemporary U.S. Welfare State,” American Journal of Sociology 119(2):394-443. 2013.

2013: Christopher A. Bail, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, “The Fringe Effect: Civil Society Organizations and the Evolution of Media Discourse about Islam since September 11th Attacks,” American Sociological Review 77(6):855-879. 2012.

2009: Ho-Fung Hung, Indiana University, Bloomington, “Agricultural Revolution and Elite Reproduction in Qing China: The Transition to Capitalism Debate Revisited,” American Sociological Review 73(4):569-588. 2008.

2009: Jason Kaufman, Harvard University, “Corporate Law and the Sovreginty of States,” American Sociological Review 73(3):402-425. 2008.

2008: Nathan Martin and David Brady, “Workers of the Less Developed World Unite? A Multi-Level Analysis of Unionization in Less Developed Countries,” American Sociological Review 72(4):562-584. 2007.

2007: Andreas Wimmer and Brian Min, “From Empire to Nation-state. Explaining Wars in the Modern World, 1816-2001,” American Sociological Review 71(6):867-897. 2006.

2006: Douglas Hartman and Joseph Gerteis, University of Minnesota, “Dealing with Diversity: Mapping Multiculturalism in Sociological Terms,” Sociological Theory 23(2):218-240. 2005.

2006: Monica Prasad, Northwestern University, “Why is France so French? Culture, Institutions and Neoliberalism, 1974-1981,” The American Journal of Sociology 111(2):357-407. 2005.

2003: Jack Goldstone, University of California, Davis, Bert Useem, University of New Mexico, “Forging Social Order and Its Breakdown: Riot and Reform in U.S. Prisons,” American Sociological Review 67(4):499-525. 2002.

2002: Evan Schofer, University of California, Davis, Marion Fourcade-Gourinchas, University of New Mexico, “The Structural Contexts of Civic Engagement: Voluntary Association Membership in Comparative Perspective,” American Sociological Review 66(6):806-828. 2001.

2001: Harvey Molotch, University of California, Santa Barbara, William Freudenburg, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Krista E. Paulsen, University of North Florida, “History Repeats Itself, But How? City Character, Urban Tradition, and the Accomplishment of Place,” American Sociological Review 65(6):791-823. 2000.

1999: David Jacobs and Robert M. O’Brien, "The Determinants of Deadly Force: A Structural Analysis of Police Violence," American Journal of Sociology 103(4):837-862. 1998.

1998: David Jacobs, Ohio State University, Robert M. O'Brien, University of Oregon, “The Determinants of Deadly Force: A Structural Analysis of Police Violence,” American Journal of Sociology 103(4):837-862. 1998.

1997: Ed Collom, University of California, Riverside, “Race, Class and Gender: The Bases of Socialist Beliefs in America”

1997: Pamela J. Aronson, University of Minnesota, “Rethinking Political Generations: The Life Course, Personal History and Feminist Identities”

1996: Judith Stepan-Norris, University of California, Irvine, and Maurice Zeitlin, University of California, Los Angeles, "Union Democracy, Radical Leadership, and the Hegemony of Capital," American Sociological Review 60(6):829-850. 1995.

1994: Margaret Somers, University of Michigan, "Law, Community, & Political Culture in the Transition Democracy"

1992: Judith Stepan-Norris, University of California, Irvine, “'Red' Unions and 'Bourgeois' Contracts?” American Journal of Sociology 96(5):1151-1200. 1991.

NOTE: In 1996 Political Sociology Section conferred awards not matching their previously established award categories.


The Section on Political Sociology's Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship for a Paper by a Graduate Student Award

2020: Ethan J. Raker, “Stratifying Disaster: State Aid and the Reproduction of Inequality in American Communities” 
2020: Landon Schnabel, “Opiate of the Masses? Inequality, Religion, and Political Ideology in the United States” 

2019: Rachel Wetts, “Models and Morals: Elite-Oriented and Value-Neutral Discourse Dominates American Organizations' Framings of Climate Change,” Social Forces 2019.

2019: Yueran Zhang, “Highlighting Versus Concealing: Divergent Strategies of Enacting Redistributive Taxation in Post-Socialist China”

2018: katrina quisumbing king, "The Sources and Political Uses of Ambiguity in Statecraft"

2017: Rawan Arar, “International Solidarity and Ethnic Boundaries: Using the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict to Strengthen Ethno-national Claims in Northern Ireland,” Nations and Nationalism 23(4):856-877. 2017.

2016: Jeremy Levine, “The Privatization of Political Representation: Community-Based Organizations as Non-elected Neighborhood Representatives,” American Sociological Review 81(6):1251-1275. 2016.

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.

2014: Hassan El Menyawi, New York University, “The Great Reversal”

2013: Charles Seguin, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, “Avalanches of Attention: Dynamics of Media Attention to Social Movement Organizations”

2010: Michaela Desoucey, Northwestern University, "Gastronationalism: Food Traditions and Authenticity Politics in the European Union," American Sociological Review 75(3):432-455. 2010.

2009: Christopher Bail, Harvard University, “The Configurations of Symbolic Boundaries against Immigrants in Europe,” American Sociological Review 73(1):37-59. 2008.

2009: Lauren Rivera, Harvard University, “Managing “Spoiled” National Identity: War, Terrorism and Memory in Croatia,” American Sociological Review 73(4):613-634. 2008.

2008: Djordje (George) Stefanovic, “The Path to Weimar Serbia? Explaining the Resurgence of the Serbian Far Right after the Fall of Milosevic," Ethnic and Racial Studies 31(7):1195-1221. 2008.

2008: Liza Weinstein, “Mumbai’s Development Mafias: Globalization, Organized Crime and Land Development,” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 32(1):22-39. 2008.

2007: Hiro Saito, University of Michigan, “Reiterated Commemoration: Hiroshima as National Trauma,” Sociological Theory 24(4):353-376. 2006.

2007: Eran Shor, Stony Brook University, "The Power of Human Rights in Times of Conflict: The Spiral Model for Norms of Socialization Revisited"

2006: Jon Agnone, University of Washington, “Amplifying Public Opinion: The Policy Impact of the U.S. Environmental Movement,” Social Forces 85(4):1593-1620. 2007.

2003: Vanessa Barker, New York University, “The Politics of Punishing: How the Routine Activities of Governance Impact State Reliance on Confinement”

2003: Hsiu-hua Shen, University of Kansas, "Mandating Chinese Identity: Taiwanese Business People Meet Chinese Nationalism"

2002: Genevieve Zubrzycki, Univeristy of Chicago, “We, the Polish Nation’: Ethnic and Civic of Nationhood in Post-Communist Constitutional Debates,” Theory and Society 30(5):629-668. 2001.

2001: Chris Bonastia, New York University, “Why Did Affirmative Action in Housing Fail During the Nixon Era? Exploring the Institutional Homes of Social Policies,” Social Problems 47(4):523-542. 2000.

2000: Christopher E. Paul (Undergraduate), University of California, Los Angeles, “Moving Forward with State Autonomy and Capacity: Example from two Studies of the Pentagon during WWII”

1999: Bill Winders, Emory University, “The Roller Coaster of Class Conflict: Class Segments, Mass Mobilization, and Voter Turnout in the United States, 1840-1996,” Social Forces 77(3):833-860. 1999.

1998: Mathew Krain, Indiana University, “State Sponsored Mass Murder: The Onset and Severity of Genocides and Politicides,” The Journal of Conflict Resolution 41(3):331-360. 1997.

1997: Pam Aronson, University of Minnesota, “Rethinking Political Generations: the Life Course”

1997: Edward Collom, University of California, Riverside, “Race, Class and Gender: the Bases of Socialist Beliefs in America”

1995: Wei-Der Shu, Syracuse University, “The Emergence of Nationalism”

1994: Denise Scott, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, "The Power of Connection in corporate Government Relations: a Gendered Perspective”

1993: Tang Nah Ng, Emory University, “The Democratic Transition Model: debt, Democracy and Welfare effect in Four Semi-Peripheral Nations, 1959-1986”

1992: Debra Street, Florida State University, "Maintaining the Status Quo: The Impact of Old-Age Interest Groups on the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988," Social Problems 40(4):431-444. 1993.

NOTE: In 1996 Political Sociology Section conferred awards not matching their previously established award categories.


Outstanding Contribution to Political Sociology

2020: Rachel Best, Common Enemies: Disease Campaigns in America. Oxford. 2019. 
2020: Marco Garrido, The Patchwork City: Class, Space, and Politics in Metro Manila. Chicago. 2019. 
2020 Honorable Mention: Anne Nassauer, Situational Breakdowns: Understanding Protest Violence and Other Surprising Outcomes. Oxford. 2019. 

2019: Stephanie Mudge, Leftism Reinvented: Western Parties from Socialism to Neoliberalism. Harvard University Press. 2018.

2019: Kiyoteru Tsutsui, Rights Make Might: Global Human Rights and Minority Social Movements in Japan. Oxford University Press. 2018

2018: Paul Frymer, Building an American Empire: The Era of Territorial and Political Expansion. Princeton University Press. 2017

2018 Honorable Mention: Fareen Parvez, Politicizing Islam: the Islamic Revival in France and India. Oxford University Press. 2017.

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

2017: Genevieve Zubrzycki, Beheading the Saint: Nationalism, Religion, and Secularism in Quebec. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2016.

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

2015: Mara Loveman, National Colors: Racial Classification and the State in Latin America. Oxford University Press. 2014.

2014: Mark Mizruchi, University of Michigan, The Fracturing of the American Corporate Elite. Harvard University Press. 2013.

2014: Jocelyn Viterna, Harvard University, Women in War: The Micro-Processes of Mobilization in El Salvador. Oxford University Press. 2013.

2010: Deborah B. Gould, University of Chicago, Moving Politics: Emotion and Act Up's Fight Against AIDS. University of Chicago Press. 2009.

2010: Marcus J. Kurtz, The Ohio State University, “The Social Foundations of Institutional Order: Reconsidering War and the ‘Resource Curse’ in Third World State Building,” Politics and Society 37(4):479-520. 2009.

2008: Javier Auyero, Routine Politics and Violence in Argentina: The Gray Zone of State Power. Cambridge University Press. 2007.

2007: Moon-Kie Jung, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Reworking Race: The Making of Hawaii's Interracial Labor Movement. Columbia University Press. 2006.

2006: Eiko Ikegami, New School for Social Research, Bonds of Civility: Aesthetic Networks and the Political Origins of Japanese Culture. Cambridge University Press. 2005.

2003: John Skrentny, University of California, San Diego, The Minority Rights Revolution. Harvard University Press. 2004.

2001: Lawrence Jacobs, University of Minnesota, Robert Shapiro, Columbia University, Politicians Don’t Pander: Political Manipulation and the Loss of Democratic Responsiveness. University of Chicago Press. 2000.

2001: Richard Lachmann, University of Albany, Capitalists In Spite of Themselves: Elite Conflict and European Transitions in Early Modern Europe. Oxford University Press. 2002.

2000: Jeff Manza and Clem Brooks, Northwestern University and Indiana University, Social Cleavages and Political Change: Voter Alignments and U.S. Party Coalitions. Oxford University Press. 1999.

1999: Edwin Amenta, New York University, Bold Relief: Institutional Politics and the Origins of Modern American Social Policy. Princeton University Press. 2000.

1999: Elisabeth Clemens, University of Arizona, The People's Lobby: Organizational Innovation and the Rise of Interest Group Politics in the United States, 1890-1925. University of Chicago Press. 1997.

1998: Jeff Manza, Northwestern University, and Clem Brooks, Indiana University, “The Religious Factor in U.S. Presidential Elections, 1960-1992,” American Journal of Sociology 103(1):38-81. 1007.

1997: Peter Evans, University of California, Berkeley, Embedded Autonomy: States and Industrial Transformation. Princeton University Press. 1995.

1995: Ronald Aminzade, University of Minnesota, Ballots and Barricades: Class Formation and Republican Politics in France, 1830-1871. Princeton University Press. 1993.

1995: Craig Calhoun, University of North Carolina, Neither Gods Nor Emperors: Students and the Struggle for Democracy in China. University of California Press. 1994.

1995: Kim Voss, University of California, Berkeley, The Making of American Exceptionalism: The Knights of Labor and Class Formation in the Nineteenth Century. Cornell University Press. 1994.

1995: Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward, City University of New York, Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare. Vintage Books. 1993.

1994: Margaret Somers, University of Michigan, “Law Community and Political Culture in the Transition to Democracy,” American Sociological Review 58(5):587-620. 1993.

1993: Theda Skocpol, Harvard University, Protecting Soldiers and Mothers. Belknap Press. 1992.

1993: Deitrich Rueschemeyer, Brown University, Evelyn Stephens, Northwestern University, John Stephens, Northwestern University, Capitalist Development and Democracy. University Of Chicago Press. 1992.

1992: Judith Stephan-Norris and Maurice Zeitlin, University of California, Irvine, "'Red' Unions and 'Bourgeois' Contracts"

1991: Kathleen Schwartzman, University of Arizona, The Social Origins of Democratic Collapse: The First Portuguese Republic in the Global Economy. University Press of Kansas. 1989.

1991: Thomas Janoski, Duke University, The Political Economy of Unemployment: Active Labor Market Policy in West Germany & the United States. University of California Press. 1990.

NOTE: In 1996 Political Sociology Section conferred awards not matching their previously established award categories.


The Section on Political Sociology's Special Achievement Award

2002: George A. Kourvetaris, Northern Illinois University, Current/Founding editor, Journal of Political and Military Sociology

The Section on Political Sociology's Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award (Faculty)

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.

2013: Monica Prasad, Northwestern University, The Land of Too Much: American Abundance and the Paradox of Poverty. Harvard University Press. 2012.

2009: Judith Stepan-Norris and Maurice Zeitlin, University of California, Irvine, "Union Democracy, Radical Leadership, and the Hegemony of Capital," American Sociological Review 60(6):829-850. 1995.

The Section on Political Sociology's Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award (Student)

2009: Erika Maza Valenzuela, Saint Antony's College, Oxford University, "Catholicism, Anticlericalism, and the Quest for Women's Suffrage in Chile"

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