American Sociological Association to present awards to distinguished sociologists

July 13, 2001

WASHINGTON - The American Sociological Association (ASA) is pleased to announce the winners of the ASA Awards for 2001. The awards will be presented in a ceremony at the Association's Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA on Sunday, August 19th at 4:30 p.m. Awards are the highest honor that the Association confers. Selections are made by committees directly appointed by ASA Council. The ASA Awards winners for 2001 are:

Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award: William Foote Whyte (Cornell University)

This annual award honors a scholar who has 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, particularly work that substantially reorients the field in general or a particular subfield.

Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award: William P. Bridges (University of Illinois, Chicago) and Robert L. Nelson (Northwestern University), for Legalizing Gender Inequality: Courts, Markets, and Unequal Pay for Women in America (Cambridge University Press: 1999)

This annual award is given for a single book or monograph published in the three preceding calendar years. The winner of this award gives the Sorokin Lecture at a meeting of a regional or state sociological association.

Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award: Department of Sociology (Indiana University, Bloomington)

This award is given annually to honor outstanding contributions to the undergraduate and/or graduate teaching and learning of sociology which improve the quality of teaching. The award may recognize either a career contribution or a specific product.

Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology: David Mechanic (Rutgers University)

This annual award honors outstanding contributions to sociological practice. The award may recognize work that has facilitated or served as a model for the work of others, work that has significantly advanced the utility of one or more specialty areas in sociology and, by so doing, has elevated the professional status or public image of the field as whole, or work that has been honored or widely recognized outside the discipline for its significant impacts, particularly in advancing human welfare.

Award for Public Understanding of Sociology: Alan Wolfe (Boston College)

This award is given annually to a 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.

Jessie Bernard Award: Barbara Laslett (University of Minnesota)

The Jessie Bernard Award is given annually in recognition of scholarly work that has enlarged the horizons of sociology to encompass fully the role of women in society. The contribution may be in empirical research, theory, or methodology. It may be for an exceptional single work, several pieces of work, or significant cumulative work done throughout a professional career.

DuBois-Johnson-Frazier Award: Troy Duster (University of California, Berkeley, and New York University)

This annual award honors the intellectual traditions of W.E.B. DuBois, Charles S. Johnson, and E. Franklin Frazier. The award is given for either a lifetime of research, teaching, and service to the community, or to an academic institution for its work in assisting the development of scholarly efforts in this tradition.

Dissertation Award: Jeremy Freese (Indiana University, Bloomington)

The Dissertation Award honors the best PhD dissertation for a calendar year from among those submitted by advisors and mentors in the discipline. The Dissertation Award for 2001 is awarded for the best dissertation defended during calendar year 2000.


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