The deadline to nominate an organization for the 2019 Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award was April 1.  Please check back this fall to nominate organizations for the 2020 Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award.  Please see below for information on award eligibility and a list of previous winners.


The Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award, established in 1991, is awarded to a not-for-profit organization in the city/area hosting the annual meeting. The award carries a stipend of $5,000.

The award is a fitting expression of the overall purpose of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, which is concerned with applying scientific methods and theories to the study of social problems. SSSP aims to bring together scholars, practitioners, and advocates to examine and understand social problems in order to further solutions and develop social policy based on knowledge.

When this award was established, SSSP described its purpose as follows:

  • The organization selected for this recognition should have a history of challenging social inequalities, promoting social change, and/or working toward the empowerment of marginalized peoples. Its work must demonstrate sensitivity to and respect for cultural diversity.
  • Preference is given to small, local agencies in the New York area rather than large organizations or chapters of nationally-based organizations. The main criterion is the extent to which the organization reaches out to the disadvantaged in the community and uses innovative means for dealing with local social conditions.

Review the list of the past winners of the Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award.

Please address all questions to:

Dr. Johanna Foster, Chair
Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award Committee