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Since 2011, the Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility Section has presented awards each year:

Outstanding Book Award: Awarded annually for a book nominated by a Section member and published in the three calendar years preceding the ASA annual meeting at which the award is bestowed.

Devah Pager Outstanding Article Award: Sponsored annually for an article nominated by a Section member and published in the calendar year preceding the ASA annual meetings.

Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award: Sponsored annually for a graduate student paper presented at a professional conference during the calendar year preceding the ASA annual meetings or published during the same time period. Papers must be nominated by a Section member.

Robert M. Hauser Distinguished Scholar Award: Awarded annually by the Nominations Committee to mark and celebrate the field’s most fundamental accomplishments.

William Julius Wilson Early Career Award: Awarded annually by the Nominations Committee to recognize a scholar who has made major contributions early in his/her career. Persons who received their highest degree within the previous ten years shall be eligible to receive this award.

The call for nominations is posted each year on the Announcements page.

Past Winners 

Outstanding Book Award.

2018.  Brooke Harrington (Copenhagen Business School)  2016.  Capital without Borders: Wealth Managers and the One Percent. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

2017. Steve Viscelli (University of Pennsylvania). 2016. The Big Rig: Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream. University of California Press).

2016  Co-Winner: Jacqueline Hagan (UNC-Chapel Hill), Ruben Hernandez-Leon (UCLA), and Jean-Luc Demonsant (Toulouse School of Economics). 2015. Skills of the “Unskilled”: Work and Mobility Among Mexican Migrants. University of California Press.

2016 Co-Winner:  Sara Wakefield (Rutgers) and Christopher Wildeman (Cornell University). 2014. Children of the Prison Boom: Mass Incarceration and the Future of American Inequality. Oxford University Press.

2015: Thomas DiPrete (Columbia University) and Claudia Buchmann (Ohio State University) The Rise of Women

2014: Nancy DiTomaso, Rutgers University, The American Non-dilemma: Racial Inequality Without Racism. (Russell Sage, 2013).

2013:  Arne L. Kalleberg (UNC-Chapel Hill) Good Jobs, Bad Jobs: The Rise of Polarized and Precarious Employment Systems in the United States, 1970s to 2000s. Russell Sage Foundation / Rose Series.

2012: Harding, David J. (University of Michigan).   2010.   Living the Drama:  Community, Conflict, and Culture Among Inner-City Boys. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

2011: Jane L. Collins and Victoria Mayer. 2010. Both Hands Tied: Welfare Reform and the Race to the Bottom of the Low- Wage Labor Market. University of Chicago Press

William Julius Wilson Early Career Award

2018: Laura Tach, Cornell University

2017: Matthew Desmond, Harvard University

2016:  Lauren Rivera, Northwestern University

2015: Patrick Sharkey, New York University

2014: David Harding, University of California – Berkeley |  Jennie Brand, UCLA (honorable mention)

2013: Florencia Torche, New York University

2012: Devah Pager, Princeton University

2011: David Brady, WZB Berlin Social Research Center.

Robert M. Hauser Distinguished Scholar Award

2018: Mike Hout, New York University

2017: Tom DiPrete, Columbia University.

2016:  Rob Mare, University of California, Los Angeles.

2015:Arne Kalleberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2014: Randy Hodson, Ohio State University

2013: Christopher (Sandy) Jencks, Harvard University

2012: Donald J. Treiman, University of California- Los Angeles

2011: Robert M. Hauser, National Research Council

Devah Pager Outstanding Article Award

2018: David Brady, Ryna M. Finnigan and Sabine Hubgen. 2017 “”Rethinking the Risks of Poverty: A Framework for Analyzing Prevalences and Penalties.” American Journal of Sociology 123 (3): 740–786.

2017: Daniel Laurison and Sam Friedman. 2016. “The Class Pay Gap in Higher Professional and Managerial Occupations.” American Sociological Review 81: 668-695.

2016:  Lauren Rivera (Northwestern University) “Go with Your Gut: Emotion and Evaluation in Job Interviews.” American Journal of Sociology 120(5):1339-1389.

2015 Co-Winner: Abendroth, Anja-Kristin, Matt L. Huffman, and Judith Treas .”The Parity Penalty in Life Course Perspective Motherhood and Occupational Status in 13 European Countries”

2015 Co-Winner: Cha, Youngjoo and Kim A. Weeden “Overwork and the Slow Convergence in the Gender Gap in Wages”

2014: Ken-Hou Lin (University of Texas – Austin) and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, (University of Massachusetts.) “Financialization and US Income Inequality, 1970-2008,” American Journal of Sociology 118:1284-1329.

2013:  Quillian, Lincoln (Northwestern University).  2012.  “Segregation and Poverty Concentration:  The Role of Three Segregations.”  American Sociological Review 77: 354-379.

2012: Lee, Cheol-Sung (University of Chicago), Young-Bum Kim (University of Wisconsin) and Jae-Mahon Shim (University of Chicago) . 2011. “The Limit of Equality Projects: Public Sector Expansion, Sectoral Conflicts, and Income Inequality in Postindustrial Societies.” American Sociological Review76:100-124.

2011 Co-Winner: Arthur Sakamoto and Changhwan Kim, 2010, “Is Rising Earnings Inequality Associated with Increased Exploitation?  Evidence for U.S. Manufacturing Industries, 1971-1996.”  Sociological Perspectives 53(1):19-43.

2011 Co-Winner: Jennie Brand and Yu Xie, 2010, “Who Benefits Most from College? Evidence for Negative Selection in Heterogeneous Economic Returns to Higher Education.”  American Sociological Review75(2):273-302.

Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award

2018: Chantal Hailey. “Preferences, Heuristics, and Decision-Making: Examining the Role of School Safety Preferences in School Choice”

 2017: Peter Catron. 2016. Made in America? Immigrant Occupational Mobility in the First Half of the Twentieth Century American Journal of Sociology.

2016:  Peter Rich. “White Parental Flight and Avoidance: Neighborhood Choices in the Era of School District Desegregation.”

2015: Siwei Cheng. “A Life Course Trajectory Framework for Understanding the Intracohort Pattern of Wage Inequality”

2014: Deirdre Bloome. “Racial Inequality Trends and the Intergenerational Persistence of Income and Family Structure.”

2013: S. Michael Gaddis,.”Discrimination in the Credential Society: An Audit Study of Race and College Selectivity in the Labor Market.”

2012: Matthew, Ervin “Maliq” . 2011 “Effort Optimism in the Classroom: Attitudes of Black and White Students on Education, Social Structure, and Causes of Life Opportunities.” Sociology of Education. 84: 225- 245.

2011: Jessi Streib. “Class Reproduction by Four Year Olds”

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