American Sociological Association

Science, Knowledge, and Technology Award Recipient History

The Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology's Hacker-Nicholas Mullins Graduate Student Award

2020: Sarah Brothers, “A Good ’Doctor’ is Hard to Find: Assessing Uncredentialed Expertise in Assisted Injection,” Social Science & Medicine, Vol 237. 2019.

2019: Madeleine Pape, “Expertise, Epistemologies of the Body, and the Institutional Enactment of the Binary,” forthcoming in Body and Society 

2019 Honorable Mention: June Jeon, “Habitus of Ignorance: Ease and Legitimation of Ignorance in the Advanced Bioenergy Center,” forthcoming in Social Studies of Science

2019 Honorable Mention: Caleb Scoville, “Hydraulic Society and a ‘Stupid Little Fish’: Toward a Historical Ontology of Endangerment,” Theory and Society 38(1):1-37. 2019.

2018: Savina Balasubramanian, Northwestern University, “Motivating Men: Social Science and the Regulation of Men’s Reproduction in Postwar India,” Gender & Society 32(1):34 –58. 2018.

2017: Kellie Owens, “Too Much of a Good Thing? American Childbirth, Intentional Ignorance, and the Boundaries of Responsible Knowledge,” Science, Technology and Human Values 42(5):848-871. 2017.

2016: David Peterson, "All That is Solid: Bench-Building at the Frontiers of Two Experimental Sciences," American Sociological Review 80(6):1201-1225. 2015.

2015: Natalie B. Aviles, “The Little Death: Rigoni- Stern and the Problem of Sex and Cancer in Twentieth-Century Biomedical Research,” Social Studies of Science 45(3):394-415. 2015.

2014: Kelly Kistner, University of Washington, “A Word Factory was Wanted’: Organizational Objectivity in the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary,” Social Studies of Science 43(6):801-828. 2013.

2013: Phillipa K. Chong, University of Toronto, “Legitimate Judgment in Art, The Scientific World Reversed?: Critical Distance in Evaluation,” Social Studies of Science 42(3):265-281. 2013.

2012: Ignacio Siles, Northwestern University, “From Online Filter to Web Format: Articulating Materiality and Meaning in the Early History of Blogs,” Social Studies of Science 41(5):737-758. 2011.

2011: Michael Strand, University of Notre Dame, "Where do classifications come from? The DSM-III, the transformation of American Psychiatry, and the problem of origins in the sociology of knowledge," Thoery and Society 40(3):273-313. 2011.

2010: Owen Whooley, New York University, "Diagnostic Ambivalence: Psychiatric Workarounds and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders," Sociology of Health and Illness 32(3):452-469. 2010.

2009: David Schliefer, "The Dovetailing of Activism, Industry, and the Technological Backburner: How Trans Fats Became Healthy"

2007: Elizabeth Popp Berman, “Why did Universities Start Patenting? Institution-building and the Road to the Bayh-Dole Act," Social Studies of Science 38(6):835-871. 2008.

2006: Janet Vertesi, Cornell University, “Mind the Gap: the London Underground Map and Users’ Representation of Urban Space,” Social Studies of Science 38(1):7-33. 2008.

2005: Annalisa Salonius, McGill University, “Social Organization of Work in Biomedical Research Labs: Socio-historical Dynamics and the Influence of Research Funding”

2005: Abby Kinchy, University of Wisconsin, “African Americans in the Atomic Age”

2003: Cyrus Mody, Cornell University, "Probe Microscopists at Work and Play: The Growth of American STM and AFM in the 1980s"

2003: Jennifer Fosket, University of California, San Francisco, "Constructing "High Risk Women": The Development and Standardization of a Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool," Science, Technology, and Human Values 29(3):291-313. 2004.

2002: Kjerten Clare Bunker, Stanford University, “Patterns of Discrimination in Public and Private Science: The Effects of Gender and Discipline”

2002: Park Doing, Cornell University, “Lab Hands’ and the ‘Scarlet O’: On Models, Identity, and Technology Studies,” Social Studies of Science 34(3):299-323. 2004.

2001: Jenny Reardon, Cornell University, “The Human Genome Diversity Project: A Case Study in Coproduction,” Social Studies of Science 31(3):357-388. 2001.

2000: Christopher Henke, University of California, San Diego, “Making a Place for Science: The Field Trial,” Social Studies of Science 30(4):483-511. 2000.

1999: Jennifer Fishman and Laura Mamo, University of California, San Francisco, “Potency in All the Right Places: Viagra as a Technology of the Gendered Body,” Body & Society 7(4):13-35. 2001.

1998: Jason Owen-Smith, University of Arizona, “The Social Organization of Scientific Skepticism”

1997: Pablo Boczkowski, Cornell University, “The Mutual Shaping of Users and Technologies In and Through Computer-Mediated Communication; Artifacts of Nationhood in the Argentine Mailing List”

1996: Lisa Jean Moore, University of California, San Francisco, "The Technologies of Safer Sex: Latex Devices," Science, Technology, and Human Values 22(4):434-471. 1997.

1995: Stephan Timermans, University of Illinois, “Saving Lives or Sharing Multiple Identities? The Double Dynamic of Resuscitation Scripts,” Social Studies of Science 26(4):767-797. 1996.

1994: Charis Cussins, University of California, San Diego, "Cycles of Conceivability: The Construction of the Normal Woman in an Infertility Unit"

1994: Scott Frickel, University of Wisconsin, Madison, "Submarine Thermal Reactor Mark-I: Successful Science & the Geography of Actor Networks"

1992: Rosa Haritos, Columbia University, "Scientists at Work: Institutional and Cultural Contexts of Discovery"

The Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology's Robert K. Merton Award

2020: Owen Whooley, On the Heels of Ignorance: Psychiatry and the Politics of Not Knowing. University of Chicago Press. 2019.

2019: Miranda R. Waggoner, The Zero Trimester: Pre-Pregnancy Care and the Politics of Reproductive Risk. University of California Press. 2017.

2018: Shobita Parthasarathy, Patent Politics: Life Forms, Markets and the Public Interest in the United States and Europe. University of Chicago Press. 2017.

2018 Honorable Mention: Stephen Hilgartner, Reordering Life: Knowledge and Control in the Genomics Revolution. MIT Press. 2017.

2017: Victoria Pitts-Taylor, The Brain's Body: Neuroscience and Corporeal Politics. Duke University Press. 2016.

2016: Natasha Myers, Rendering Life Molecular: Models, Modelers, and Excitable Matter. Duke University Press Books. 2015

2015: Owen Whooley, Knowledge in the Time of Cholera: The Struggle over American Medicine in the Nineteenth Century. University of Chicago Press. 2013.

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

2013: Gabrielle Hecht, University of Michigan, Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade. MIT Press. 2012.

2012: Gil Eyal, Brendan Hart, Emine Onculer, Neta Oren, and Natasha Rossi, Columbia University, The Autism Matrix. Polity Press. 2010.

2011: Kelly Moore, Disrupting Science: Social Movements, American Scientists, and the Politics of the Military, 1945-1975. Princeton University Press. 2008.

2010: Gabriela Soto Laveaga, Jungle Laboratories: Mexican Peasants, National Projects and the Making of the Pill. Duke University Press. 2009.

2009: David J. Hess, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Alternative Pathways in Science and Industry: Activism, Innovation and the Environment in an Era of Globalization. MIT Press. 2007.

2009 Honorable Mention: Maren Klawiter, Yale University Law School, The Biopolitics of Breast Cancer: Changing Cultures of Disease and Activism. Minnesota University Press. 2008.

2008: Libby Schweber, University of Lancaster, UK, Disciplining Statistics: Demography and Vital Statistics in France and England, 1830-1885. Duke University Press. 2006.

2007: Steve Epstein, University of California, Irvine, Inclusion: The Politics of Difference in Medical Research. University of Chicago Press. 2007.

2006: Scott Frickel, Chemical Consequences: Environmental Mutagens, Scientist Activism, and the Rise of Genetic Toxicology. Rutgers University Press. 2004.

2006: Joseph Masco, The Nuclear Borderlands: The Manhattan Project in Post-Cold War Mexico. Princeton University Press. 2006.

2006 Honorable Mention: Sydney A. Halpmen, Lesser Harms: the Morality of Risk in Medical Research. University of Chicago Press. 2004.

2005: Stefan Timmermans and Marc Berg, University of California, Los Angeles, The Gold Standard: The Challenge of Evidence-Based Medicine and Standardization in Health Care. Temple University Press. 2003.

2004: Award not given

2003: Donald MacKenzie, Mechanizing Proof: Computing, Risk, and Trust. MIT Press. 2001.

2002: Helen Longino, University of Minnesota, The Fate of Knowledge. Princeton University Press. 2001.

2001: Karin Knorr Cetina, University of Bielefeld, Germany, Epistemic Cultures: How the Sciences Make Knowledge. Harvard University Press. 1999.

2000: Anne Fausto-Sterling, Brown University, Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality. Basic Books. 2000.

2000: Daniel Breslau, Tel Aviv University, In Search of the Unequivocal: The Political Economy of Measurement in U.S. Labor Market Policy. Praeger. 1998.

1999: Thomas F. Gieryn, Indiana University, Cultural Boundaries of Science: Credibility on the Line. University of Chicago Press. 1999.

1998: Joan H. Fujimura, Stanford University, Crafting Science: A Sociohistory of the Quest for the Genetics of Cancer. Harvard University Press. 1996.

1998: Steve Shapin, University of California, San Diego, A Social History of Truth: Civility and Science in Seventeenth-Century England. University of Chicago Press. 1994.

1997: Steven Epstein, University of California, Berkeley, Impure Science: AIDS, Activism, and the Politics of Knowledge. University of California Press. 1996.

1996: Renee R. Anspach, University of Michigan, Deciding Who Lives: Fateful Choices in the Intensive-Care Nursery. University of California Press. 1993.

1996: Diane Vaughan, Boston College, The Challenger Launch Decision: Risky Technology, Culture, and Deviance at NASA. University Of Chicago Press. 1996.

1995: Michael Lynch, Brunel University, Scientific Practice and Ordinary Action: Ethnomethodology and the Social Studies of Science. Cambridge University Press. 1993.

1994: Harry Collins, University of Bath, Trevor Pinch, Cornell University, The Golem: What Everyone Should Know About Science. Cambridge University Press. 1993.

1993: Elaine Draper, University of Southern California, Risky Business: Genetic Testing & Exclusionary Practices in the Hazardous Workplace. Cambridge University Press. 1991.

1993: Donald MacKenzie, University of California, Santa Cruz, Inventing Accuracy: A Historical Sociology of Nuclear Missile Guidance. MIT Press. 1990.

1992: Donna Haraway, Primate Visions: Gender, Race, and Nature in the World of Modern Science. Routledge. 1990.

1991: Chandra Mukerji, University of California, San Diego, A Fragile Power: Scientists & the State. Princeton University Press. 1989.

1991: Jack R. Kloppenberg, Jr., University of Wisconsin, Madison, First the Seed: The Political Economy of Plant Biotechnology. University of Wisconsin Press. 1988.


The Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology's Star-Nelkin Paper Award

2020: Aaron Panofsky and Joan Donovan, “Genetic Ancestry Testing Among White Nationalists: From Identity Repair to Citizen Science” Social Studies of Science 49 No. 5 (2019):653-81. 

2020 Honorable Mention: Paige Sweet and Claire Decoteau, “Contesting Normal: The DSM-5 and Psychiatric Subjectivation” BioSocieties 13 No. 1 (2018):103-22.

2019: Angèle Christin, "Counting Clicks. Quantification and Variation in Web Journalism in the United States and France,” American Journal of Sociology 123(5):1382-1415. 2018.

2018: Daniel Navon, University of California, San Diego, and Gil Eyal, Columbia University, “Looping Genomes: Diagnostic Change and the Genetic Makeup of the Autism Population,” American Journal of Sociology 121(5):1416-71. 2016.

2018 Honorable Mention: Angela Frederick, University of Texas, El Paso, “Risky Mothers and the Normalcy Project: Women with Disabilities Negotiate Scientific Motherhood,” Gender & Society 31(1):74.95. 2017.

2017: Nancy Campbell and Laura Stark, "Making Up 'Vulnerable People': Human Subjects and the Subjective Experience of Medical Experiment," Social History of Medicine 28(4):825–848. 2015.

2016: Jacob G. Foster, Andrey Rzhetsky, and James A. Evans, "Tradition and Innovation in Scientists' Research Strategies," American Sociological Review 80(5):875-908. 2015.

2015: Carrie Friese, “Realizing Potential in Translational Medicine: The Uncanny Emergence of Care as Science,” Current Anthropology 54(S7):S129-S138. 2013.

2014: Carol Heimer, Northwestern University, “Inert Facts and the Illusion of Knowledge: Strategic Uses of Ignorance in HIV Clinics,” Economy and Society 41(1):17-41. 2012.

2013: Elizabeth Popp Berman, State University of New York, Albany, “Explaining the Move Toward the Market in U.S. Academic Science: How Institutional Logics Can Change without Institutional Entrepreneurs,” Theory and Society 41(3):261-299. 2012.

2013: Benjamin Sims, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Christopher Henke, Colgate University, “Repairing Credibility: Repositioning Nuclear Weapons Knowledge After the Cold War,” Social Studies of Science 42(3):324-347.

2012: Kelly Moore, Loyola University, Chicago, Daniel Lee Kleinman, University of Wisconsin, Madison,  David Hess, Vanderbilt University, and Scott Frickel, Washington State University, “Science and Neoliberal Globalization: A Political Sociological Approach,” Theory and Society 40(5):505-532. 2011. 

2011: Mathieu Albert, University of Toronto, Suzanne Laberge, Université de Montréal, and Brian D. Hodges, University of Toronto, "Boundary work in the health research field: Biomedical and clinician scientists’ perceptions of social science research," Minerva 47(2):171-194. 2009.

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