American Sociological Association

W.E.B. Du Bois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award

History

The ASA Council created this award in 1979 as one of the two most important ASA awards to honor scholars who have shown outstanding commitment to the profession of sociology and whose cumulative work has contributed in important ways to the advancement of the discipline. The body of lifetime work may include theoretical and/or methodological contributions. In 2006, the award was renamed to honor W.E.B. Du Bois. 

Selection Criteria 

This award honors those ASA member scholars who have shown outstanding commitment to the profession of sociology and whose cumulative work has contributed in important ways to the advancement of the discipline. The body of lifetime work may include theoretical and/or methodological contributions. The award selection committee is particularly interested in ASA members whose work that substantially reorients the field in general or in a particular subfield.

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
Adam Gamoran 1/1/2017 12/31/2019 Member
Earl Wright, II 1/1/2017 12/31/2019 Member
Mamadi Corra 1/1/2019 12/31/2019 Chair
Alondra Nelson 1/1/2018 12/31/2020 Member
Dolores Trevizo 1/1/2018 12/31/2020 Member
Katrina Bell McDonald 1/1/2018 12/31/2020 Member
Bruce G. Link 1/1/2019 12/31/2021 Member
Lauren Rivera 1/1/2019 12/31/2021 Member
Jason Schnittker 1/1/2019 12/31/2021 Member

Recipients

2019 - Harvey L. Molotch

2018 - Elijah Anderson

2017Patricia Hill Collins

2016 - Glen H. Elder, Jr.

2015 - John W. Meyer

2014 - William Julius Wilson

2013 - Joe R. Feagin

2012 - William Gamson

2011 - Harrison C. White

2010 - Alejandro Portes

2009 - Sheldon Stryker

2008 - Barbara Reskin

2007 - Joseph Berger

2006 - Herbert Gans

2005 - Charles Tilly and Charles Willie

2004 - Arthur Stinchcombe

2003 - Immanuel Wallerstein

2002 - Gerhard E. Lenski

2001 - William Foote Whyte

2000 - Seymour Martin Lipset

1999 - Dorothy E. Smith

1998 - Howard S. Becker

1997 - William Hamilton Sewell

1996 - Peter M. Blau

1995 - Leo Goodman

1994 - Lewis A. Coser

1993 - Joan R. Acker

1992 - Daniel Bell

1991 - Mirra Komarovsky

1990 - Robin M. Williams, Jr.

1989 - Jessie Bernard

1988 - George C. Homans

1987 - Wilbert E. Moore

1986 - Edward A. Shils

1985 - Reinhard Bendix

1984 - Morris Janowitz

1983 - Herbert Blumer

1982 - Kingsley Davis

1981 - Everett C. Hughes

1980 - Robert K. Merton

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