The deadline to nominate a member for the 2021 Joseph B. Gittler Award was April 15. Check back this fall for the 2022 nomination procedures. See below for information on award criteria and a list of past winners.


In 2007, a bequest by Joseph B. Gittler was made to the association establishing an award given to a SSSP member for significant scholarly achievements on the ethical resolution of social problems. The stipend for this award is $500. Past winners of this award can be found here.

  1. The nominee must have been an active member of the Society for the Study of Social Problems for at least three years prior to receiving the award.

  2. The nominee must have produced and disseminated scholarship promoting ethical solutions to social problems over the preceding three or more calendar years. Ethical solutions entail scholarship that promotes awareness and/or activism to increase public recognition that social problems and social injustices are ethical issues; and/or scholarship that identifies and promotes societal level responses to social problems and injustices. Scholarship may be undertaken from a wide variety of perspectives, including both applied research (qualitative or quantitative research) and normative work (e.g., argumentative, historical, philosophical, textual or theoretical analyses).


The nomination deadline for the 2021 award was April 15, 2021. The 2021 award will be presented at the 71st Virtual Annual Meeting, August 4-7, 2021.

Please address all questions to:

Dr. Yvonne A. Braun, Chair
Joseph B. Gittler Award Committee