Selection Criteria and Eligibility
The ASA Distinguished Scholarly Book Award is presented annually to an ASA member for the best single book published in the two calendar years preceding the year the book is nominated.
As part of the transition to a new selection timeline no nominations were reviewed in 2020 (because the 2020 winner was selected by the 2019 selection committee), so three years of books will be considered for the 2021 and 2022 award to continue to allow books be considered for two years.
- 2021 award – nominations due January 1, 2021 for books with 2018, 2019, and 2020 copyright years
- 2022 award – nominations due January 1, 2022 for books with 2019, 2020, and 2021 copyright years
- 2023 award – nominations due January 1, 2023 for books with 2021 and 2022 copyright years
Nominations should include a cover letter with the name of the author, title of book, date of publication, publisher, and a brief statement of no more than 300 words as to why the book should be considered along with 13 copies of the book.
Nominations can be considered for two award cycles however, nominations are not carried over from one award cycle to the next. Nominations need to be submitted each year for consideration.
In addition to the nomination materials described above, complete and submit the required nomination form.
Self-nominations are encouraged. All awardees must be current ASA members at the time of the award ceremony at the Annual Meeting. One need not be a member to be nominated for an award. All nominators must be current members. Nominations sent from publishers will not be accepted.
Submit the cover letter and nomination form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ship 13 copies of the publication to American Sociological Association, c/o Mark Fernando and Distinguished Scholarly Book Award, 1430 K ST, NW, Ste 600, Washington, DC 20005. Please ensure the cover letter and copies of the publication arrives by January 1, 2021.
2021 Selection Committee
The selection committee is composed of nine members, each serving a staggered three-year term. As part of the transition to a new selection timeline and the anticipated increase in the number of nominations for 2021 and 2022, three additional committee members have been added with special 2 year terms. Members are appointed from among the Association membership by the Council based on the recommendation of the Committee on Committees.
Victor Rios, Chair
John Sibley Butler
Carolina Bank Munoz
2020 - Tey Meadow, Trans Kids: Being Gendered in the Twenty-First Century
2020 - Hector Carrillo, Pathways of Desire: The Sexual Migration of Mexican Gay Men
2020 - Honorable Mention: Anju Mary Paul, Multinational Maids: Stepwise Migration in a Global Labor Market
2019 - Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve, Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America's Largest Criminal Court (Stanford University Press, 2016)
2018 - Lauren B. Edelman, Working Law: Courts, Corporations, and Symbolic Civil Rights (University of Chicago Press, 2016)
2017 - David Cook-Martin and David Scott FitzGerald, Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racial Immigration Policy in the Americas (Harvard University Press, 2014)
2016 - Sanyu A. Mojola, Love, Money, and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS (University of California Press, 2014).
2015 - Elizabeth A. Armstrong and Laura T. Hamilton, Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality (Harvard University Press, 2013).
2014 - Monica Prasad, The Land of Too Much: American Abundance and the Paradox of Poverty (Harvard University Press, 2012)
2014 - Robert J. Sampson, Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect (University of Chicago Press, 20120).
2014 - Honorable Mention: Claudio E. Benzecray, The Opera Fanatic: Ethnography of an Obsession (University of Chicago Press, 2011).
2013 - Greta R. Krippner, Capitalizing on Crisis: the Political Origins of the Rise of Finance (Harvard University Press).
2013 - Honorable Mention: David Garland, Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press).
2012 - Frank Dobbin, Inventing Equal Opportunity (Princeton University Press)
2012 - Chandra Mukerji, Impossible Engineering: Technology and Territoriality on the Canal du Midi (Princeton University Press)
2011 - Randall Collins, Violence: A Micro-sociological Theory (Princeton University Press)
2011 - Marion Fourcade, Economists and Societies: Discipline and Profession in the United States, Britain and France, 1890s to 1990s (Princeton University Press)
2010 - Philip Kasinitz, John H. Mollenkopf, Mary C. Waters, and Jennifer Holdaway, Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age (Russell Sage Foundation, 2008)
2009 - Steven Epstein, Inclusion: The Politics of Difference in Medical Research (University of Chicago Press, 2007)
2008 - Robert Courtney Smith, Mexican New York: Transnational Lives of New Immigrants (University of California Press, 2006)
2007 - Patricia Hill Collins, Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender and the New Racism (Routlege, 2005)
2007 - Jerome Karabel, The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton (Houghton Mifflin, 2005)
2006 - Edward Telles, Race in Another America:The Significance of Skin Color in Brazil (Princeton University Press, 2004)
2006 - Honorable Mention: Vivek Chibber Locked in Place : State-Building and Late Industrialization in India (Princeton University Press, 2003)
2005 - Beverly J. Silver, Forces of Labor: Workers' Movements and Globalization since 1870 (Cambridge University Press, 2003)
2004 - Mounira M. Charrad, States and Women’s Rights: The Making of Postcolonial Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco (University of California Press, 2001)
2003 - Richard Lachmann, Capitalists in Spite of Themselves: Elite Conflict and Economic Transitions in Early Modern Europe (Oxford University Press, 2000)
2002 - Alejandro Portes and Ruben G. Rumbaut, Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation (University of California Press and Russell Sage Foundation, 2001)
2001 - William P. Bridges and Robert L. Nelson, Legalizing Gender Inequality: Courts, Markets, and Unequal Pay for Women in America (Cambridge University Press, 1999)
2000 - Charles Tilly, Durable Inequality (University of California Press, 1998)
1999 - Randal Collins, The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change (Belknap Press/Harvard University Press, 1998)
1998 - John Markoff, Abolition of Feudalism: Peasants, Lords and Legislators in the French Revolution (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996)
1998 - Honorable Mention: Kathryn Edin and Laura Lein, Making Ends Meet (Russell Sage Foundation, 1997); Sharon Hays, The Cultural Contradictions of Motherhood (Yale University Press, 1996); Erik Olin Wright, Class Counts (Cambridge University Press, 1997)
1997 - Melvin L. Oliver and Thomas M. Shapiro, Black Wealth/White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality (Routledge, 1995) Honorable Mention: Diane Vaughan, The Challenger Launch Decision: Risky Technology, Culture, and Deviance at NASA (University of Chicago Press, 1996)
1996 - Murray Milner, Jr., Status and Sacredness: A General Theory of Status Relations and an Analysis of Indian Culture (Oxford University Press, 1994)
1995 - Nancy A. Denton and Douglas S. Massey, American Apartheid (Harvard University Press, 1993)
1995 - James B. McKee, Sociology and the Race Problem (University of Illinois Press, 1993)
1994 - Mitchell Duneier, Slim's Table (University of Chicago Press, 1992)
1993 - Jack Goldstone, Revolution and Rebellion in the Early Modern World (University of California Press, 1990)
1992 - James S. Coleman, Foundations of Social Theory (Harvard University Press, 1990)
1991 - Andrew Abbott, The System of Professions: An Essay on the Division of Expert Labor (University of Chicago Press, 1988)
1990 - John R. Logan and Harvey L. Molotch, Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place (University of California Press, 1987)
1990 - Special Recognition to Kim Scheppele, Legal Secrets: Equality and Efficiency in the Common Law (University of Chicago Press, 1988)
1989 - Charles Tilly, The Contentious French (Harvard University Press, 1986)
1988 - Michael Mann, The Sources of Social Power, Volume 1 (Cambridge University Press, 1986)
1987 - Andrew G. Walder, Communist Neo-Traditionalism: Work and Authority in Chinese Industry (University of California Press, 1986)
1986 - Aldon D. Morris, Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: Black Communities Organizing for Change (Free Press, 1984)
1986 - Lenore J. Weitzman, The Divorce Revolution: The Unexpected Social and Economic Consequences for Women and Children in American (Free Press, 1985)