The deadline for nominations for the 2021 Joseph B. Gittler Award is April 15, 2021.


Nominations are now open for the 2021 Joseph B. Gittler Award. Members of the Society are urged to nominate one or more persons for the award. The deadline for the 2021 award nominations is April 15, 2021.

Established in 2007 at the bequest of Joseph B. Gittler, this award is made to a SSSP member in recognition of their significant scholarly achievements contributing to the ethical resolution of social problems. The award carries a stipend of $500.


Review the list of past winners of the Joseph B. Gittler Award.

  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).


All online nominations must be submitted no later than April 15, 2021. The 2021 award will be presented at the 71st Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, August 6-8, 2021.

  1. Any member of the Society may nominate one or more persons for the award. Members of the Joseph B. Gittler Award Committee are encouraged to nominate.

  2. All online nominations must be accompanied by supporting evidence sufficiently detailed for the committee to render a decision (e.g., a resume; media accounts of activist activities inspired by the nominee’s scholarly efforts; testimonials from grassroots organizations or advocacy agencies; or additional supporting description of the nominee’s work, demonstrating that the contributions meet the criteria for nomination). Please include supporting information not covered in a resume. List names of colleagues who would be willing and able to write supporting letters upon the request of the committee or include letters of support with your nomination.

Please address all questions to:
Dr. Yvonne A. Braun, Chair
Joseph B. Gittler Award Committee