American Sociological Association

Public Understanding of Sociology Award

Selection Criteria

The Public Understanding of Sociology Award is given annually to an ASA member or group of members, who have made exemplary contributions to advance the public understanding of sociology, sociological research, and scholarship among the general public. This may include, but is not limited to, any of the following: community work, public engagement, contributing to policy and practices, and/or translating sociological knowledge into broader publics. The award may recognize a contribution in the preceding year or for a longer career of such contributions. 

Nomination Procedures

A new timeline for reviewing nominations and selecting winners will be implemented beginning in 2021. To transition to the new timeline, no nominations will be accepted in 2020.

Selection Committee Members

The selection committee is composed of nine members, each serving a staggered three-year term. Members are appointed from among the Association membership by the Council based on the recommendation of the Committee on Committees.

Name Begin End Position
William Darity, Jr. 1/1/2018 12/31/2020 Member
Elaine Alma Draper 1/1/2019 12/31/2020 Member
Alexes Harris 1/1/2018 12/31/2020 Member
Pedro Noguera 1/1/2018 12/31/2020 Member
Silvia Dominguez 1/1/2019 12/31/2021 Member
Lisa Wade 1/1/2019 12/31/2021 Member
Janice McCabe 1/1/2020 12/31/2022 Member
Anna S. Mueller 1/1/2020 12/31/2022 Member
Grace Yukich 1/1/2020 12/31/2022 Member

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