The Theory Prize is given to recognize outstanding work in theory. In even-numbered years, it is given to a book, and in odd-numbered years, to a paper; in both cases, eligible works are those published in the preceding four calendar years. This year the Prize will go to a book published during 2012, 2013, 2014 or 2015. To be considered for the award, a nominating letter must be sent by email to the chair of the committee by March 1, 2016. In addition, nominated books must be sent to the listed physical addresses of all five committee members, postmarked no later than March 15, 2016. Self-nominations are welcome.
Committee Chair: Isaac Ariail Reed, University of Colorado
Department of Sociology
Boulder, CO 80309
Laura Ford, Bard College
c/o Melissa Germano
Bard College Sociology Program
P.O. Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000
Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi, University of California, Santa Barbara
Department of Sociology
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9430
Fiona Greenland, University of Chicago
5701 S. Woodlawn Ave.
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL 60637
Paul McLean, Rutgers University
Department of Sociology
26 Nichol Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2882
Junior Theorist Award
The Junior Theorist Award honors the best paper each year submitted by an early-career sociologist. Self-nominations are invited by scholars who have received the Ph.D. but who, at the time of nomination, are not more than eight years beyond the calendar year in which the Ph.D. was granted. Nominations should consist of one article written or published in the 12 months preceding the nominations deadline and a letter explaining how the paper advances sociological theorizing.
The winner will present a keynote address at the Junior Theorists Symposium the year after the award is given (2017). Please submit the article electronically to the committee members at the email addresses below by March 1, 2016.
Committee Chair: Claudio Benzecry, Northwestern University
Kieran Healy, Duke University
Steve Hoffman, University of Buffalo
Brayden King, Northwestern University
Michael W. Raphael, Graduate Center, CUNY
The Edward Shils-James Coleman Memorial Award for Best Student Paper
The Shils-Coleman Award recognizes distinguished work in the theory area by a graduate student. Work may take the form of (a) a paper published or accepted for publication; (b) a paper presented at a professional meeting; or (c) a paper suitable for publication or presentation at a professional meeting. Papers must be authored solely by graduate students or jointly by graduate student collaborators. Each year's selection committee has latitude in determining procedures for selecting the winner, including the option of awarding no prize if suitable work has not been nominated. The Shils-Coleman Award includes an award of $500.00 for reimbursement of travel expenses for attending the annual ASA meeting. Please submit the article electronically to each of the committee members at the email addresses below. Self-nominations are welcome. The deadline for submission is March 1, 2016.
Committee Chair: Craig Rawlings, Northwestern University
Matthew Norton, University of Oregon
Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra, London School of Economics
Vaughn Schmutz, UNC Charlotte
Andrea Voyer, Pace University
Lewis A. Coser Award for Theoretical Agenda Setting
The ASA Theory Section seeks nominations for the Lewis A. Coser Award for Theoretical Agenda Setting. This prize is intended to recognize a mid-career sociologist whose work holds great promise for setting the agenda in the field of sociology. While the award winner need not be a theorist, her or his work must exemplify the sociological ideals that Lewis Coser represented, including resisting the fragmentation of sociology, maintaining the discipline's critical edge, and insuring the predominance of substance over method. Eligible candidates must be sociologists or do work that is of crucial importance to sociology. They must have received a Ph.D. no less than five and no more than twenty years before their candidacy. Nomination letters should make a strong substantive case for the nominee's selection and should discuss the nominee's work and his or her anticipated future trajectory. No self-nominations are allowed. After nomination, the Committee will solicit additional information for those candidates they consider appropriate for consideration, including published works and at least two additional letters of support from third parties. The Committee may decide in any given year that no nominee warrants the award, in which case it will not be awarded that year. Send nominations to the Chair of the Committee, John Mohr (firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2016.
Committee Chair: John Mohr, University of California, Santa Barbara
Marion Fourcade, University of California, Berkeley (previous year’s recipient)
Kathleen Gerson, New York University, Vice President-Elect of the ASA
David A. Smith, University of California, Irvine, President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems