2012
Cybelle Fox, Three Worlds of Relief: Race, Immigration, and the American Welfare State from the Progressive Era to the New Deal, Princeton University Press

2011
Shamus Rahman Khan, Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School, Princeton University Press


2010

Mark Hunter, Love in the Time of AIDS: Inequality, Gender, and Rights in South Africa, Indiana University Press

2009

Mario Luis Small, Unanticipated Gains: Origins of Network Inequality in Everyday Life, Oxford University Press

2008
Martín Sánchez-Jankowski, Cracks in the Pavement: Social Change and Resilience in Poor Neighborhoods, University of California Press

2007
Daniel Jaffee, Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival, University of California Press

2006
Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh, Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor, Harvard University Press

2005
Pun Ngai, Made in China: Women Factory Workers in a Global Workplace, Duke University Press

2004
Mario Luis Small, Villa Victoria: The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio, The University of Chicago Press

2003
Sharon Hays, Flat Broke With Children: Women in the Age of Welfare Reform, Oxford University Press 

2002
Co-Winner, Gordon Lafer, The Job Training Charade, Cornell University Press
Co-Winner, David Naguib Pellow, Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago, The MIT Press

2001
Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Doméstica: Immigrant Workers Cleaning and Caring in the Shadows of Affluence, University of California Press

2000
Michèle Lamont, The Dignity of Working Men: Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class, and Immigration, Russell Sage Foundation Books at Harvard University Press

1999
Mitchell Duneier, Sidewalk, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

1998
Monica J. Casper, The Making of the Unborn Patient: A Social Anatomy of Fetal Surgery, Rutgers University Press

1997
John Hagan and Bill McCarthy, Mean Streets: Youth Crime and Homelessness, Cambridge University Press

1996
Steven Epstein, Impure Science: AIDS, Activism, and the Politics of Knowledge, University of California Press

1995
Co-Winner, Philippe Bourgois, In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio, Cambridge University Press
Co-Winner, Melvin L. Oliver and Thomas M. Shapiro, Black Wealth/White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality, Routledge

1994
Robert Thomas, What Machines Can’t Do: Politics and Technology in the Industrial Enterprise, University of California Press

1993
David Wagner, Checkerboard Square: Culture and Resistance in a Homeless Community, Westview Press

1992
Roger N. Lancaster, Life is Hard: Machismo, Danger, and the Intimacy of Power in Nicaragua, University of California Press

1991
Sharon Zukin, Landscapes of Power: From Detroit to Disney World, University of California Press

1990
Patricia Hill Collins, Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment, Routledge

1989
Co-Winner, Douglas McAdam, Freedom Summer, Oxford University Press
Co-Winner, Alan Wolfe, Whose Keeper? Social Science and Moral Obligation, University of California Press

1988
Co-Winner, Ivan Szelenyi, Socialist Entrepreneurs: Embourgeoisement in Rural Hungary, The Wisconsin University Press
Co-Winner, John Sutton, Stubborn Children: Controlling Delinquency in the United States, 1640-1981, University of California Press

1987
William J. Wilson, The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, The Underclass, and Public Policy, The University of Chicago Press

1986
Co-Winner, Diana E. H. Russell, The Secret Trauma: Incest in the Lives of Girls and Women, Basic Books, Inc. Publishers
Co-Winner, Charles Tilly, The Contentious French: Four Centuries of Popular Struggle, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
Co-Winner, Joyce Rothschild and J. Allen Whitt, The Cooperative Workplace: Potentials and Dilemmas of  Organizational Democracy and Participation, Cambridge University Press

1985
Viviana A. Zelizer, Pricing the Priceless Child: The Changing Social Value of Children, Basic Books

1984
Co-Winner, Michael Useem, The Inner Circle: Large Corporations and the Rise of Business Political Activity in the U.S. and U.K., Oxford University Press
Co-Winner, Richard Madsen, Morality and Power in a Chinese Village, University of California Press

1983
Manuel Castells, The City and the Grassroots: A Cross-Cultural Theory of Urban Social Movements, University of California Press

1982
Paul Starr, The Social Transformation of American Medicine: The Rise of a Sovereign Profession and the Making of a Vast Industry, Basic Books, Inc. Publishers

1981
Judith Lewis Herman, Father-Daughter Incest, Harvard University Press

1980
Michael Lipsky, Street Level Bureaucracy: Dilemmas of the Individual in Public Services, Russell Sage Foundation

1979
Theda Skocpol, States and Social Revolutions: A Comparative Analysis of France, Russia, and China, Cambridge University Press

1978
Walter Korpi, The Working Class in Welfare Capitalism: Work, Unions and Politics in Sweden, Routledge and Kegan Paul Ltd.

1977
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Men and Women of the Corporation, Basic Books, Inc.

1976
Janice E. Perlman, The Myth of Marginality: Urban Poverty and Politics in Rio de Janeiro, University of California Press

1975
Mary O. Furner, Advocacy and Objectivity: A Crisis in the Professionalization of American Social Science, 1865-1905, The University Press of Kentucky

1974
Harry Braverman, Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century, Monthly Review Press

1973
Co-Winner, James B. Rule, Private Lives and Public Surveillance: Social Control in the Computer Age, Allen Lane
Co-Winner, Isaac D. Balbus, The Dialectics of Legal Repression: Black Rebels before the American Courts, Russell Sage Foundation

1972
David M. Gordon, Theories of Poverty and Underemployment: Orthodox, Radical and Dual Labor Market Perspectives, D.C. Heath and Company

1971
Frances Fox Piven and Richard A. Cloward, Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare, Vintage Books

1970
Jacqueline P. Wiseman, Stations of the Lost: The Treatment of Skid Row Alcoholics, Prentice-Hall

1969
Laud Humphreys, Tearoom Trade: Impersonal Sex in Public Places, Aldine Publishing Company

1968
Gerald D. Suttles, The Social Order of the Slum: Ethnicity and Territory in the Inner City, University of Chicago Press

1967
Co-Winner, Elliott Liebow, Tally’s Corner: A Study of Negro Street Corner Men, Little Brown
Co-Winner, Travis Hirschi and Hanan C. Selvin, Delinquency Research: An Appraisal of Analytical Methods, The Free Press

1966
Jerome H. Skolnick, Justice Without Trial, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

1965
Robert Boguslaw, The New Utopians, Prentice-Hall, Inc.

1964
David Matza, Delinquency and Drift, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.