Theory Section Call for Awards Nominations


The Theory Section's 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, Andrew J. Perrin ( The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2015.


Marlese Durr, President, Society for the Study of Social Problems (

Barbara Risman, Vice President, ASA ( Omar Lizardo, University of Notre Dame (


The The Theory Section's 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. This year the Shils-Coleman Award includes an award of $750.00 for reimbursement of travel expenses for attending the annual ASA meeting. Please submit the article electronically to the committee members at the email addresses below. Self-nominations are welcome. The deadline for submission is March 1, 2015.

Chair:          Elizabeth Popp Berman, University at Albany, SUNY(
Members:        Angèle Christin, New School for Social Research (
Steve Hoffman, University at Buffalo, SUNY (
Jordanna Matlon, Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (
Lisa McCormick, Haverford College (


The Theory Section's Theory Prize (Article in 2015)

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 an article or book chapter published during 2011, 2012, 2013 or 2014.

Please email preliminary nominations to the Committee Chair, Mary Vogel

( by 15 March 2015, with copies to all Committee members.

Formal nominations, together with the nominated articles, must be sent to all Committee members by 20 March 2015.  Self-nominations are welcome.

Committee Members:

Professor Christian Borch
Copenhagen Business School

Professor Rebecca Jean Emigh

Professor Isaac Reed
University of Colorado at Boulder

Professor Mary Vogel (Chair)
University of Manchester & NYU Visiting Scholar

Professor Andrea Voyer
Pace University


The Theory Section's 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 (2016). Please submit the article electronically to the committee members at the email addresses below by March 2, 2015.

Chair: Claire Laurier Decoteau (
Members: Bart Bonikowski (
Victor Lidz (
Fiona Rose-Greenland (