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Originally proposed by former President Herbert J. Gans as an ASA Sociology in the Media Award, the award was officially established by Council on August 23, 1995 as the Award for Public Understanding of Sociology. A call for nominations was circulated in 1995 and 1996 and the first award was presented at the Annual Meeting in August 1997.
The Public Understanding of Sociology Award is given annually to an ASA member, person or persons, who have made exemplary contributions to advance the public understanding of sociology, sociological research, and scholarship among the general public. The award may recognize a contribution in the preceding year or for a longer career of such contributions
Nominations should include the nominee's vita and a detailed one to two-page nomination statement that describes how the person's work has contributed to increasing the public understanding and knowledge of sociology. The nominator must also include additionally three to four letters of support within their nomination before sending the nomination to ASA. The nominator may also include the evidence supporting the claims made in the nomination letter(s). If these above requirements are not met the committee will not be able to accept the nomination.
In addition to the nomination materials described above, complete and submit the required nomination form available for download as a Word file here. Then send the complete nomination packet via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the award and nominee in the subject line. The deadline for the 2020 award is January 31, 2019.
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.
|Michael O. Emerson||1/1/2019||12/31/2019||Chair|
|Julie A. Dowling||1/1/2019||12/31/2019||Member|
|William Darity, Jr.||1/1/2018||12/31/2020||Member|
|Elaine Alma Draper||1/1/2019||12/31/2021||Member|
2018 - Adia M. Harvey Wingfield
2017 - Victor Rios
2016 - Joel Best
2015 - Katherine Shelley Newman
2014 - Juliet B. Schor
2013 - Ruth Milkman
2012 - Douglas S. Massey
2011 - Barbara Risman
2009 - Jack Levin
2007 - Andrew Beveridge
2006 - Diane Vaughan
2005 - Pepper Schwartz
2003 - Frances Fox Piven
2002 - No award presented
2001 - Alan Wolfe
2000 - Arlie Hochschild
1999 - Herbert J. Gans
1998 - William Julius Wilson
1997 - Charles Moskos