2009 Award & Scholarship Winners
Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship Winner(s)
The Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a new or continuing graduate student who began her or his study in a community college or technical school.
Winner: Georgiann Davis, University of Illinois at Chicago
Honorable Mention: April Cubbage-Vega, University of California, Riverside
C. Wright Mills Award Winner
The C. Wright Mills award is granted to one book annually that demonstrates dedication to a search for a sophisticated understanding of the individual and society.
2008 Winner (awarded in 2009): Martín Sánchez-Jankowski, Cracks in the Pavement: Social Change and Resilience in Poor Neighborhoods, University of California Press
Joseph B. Gittler Award Winner
Established in 2007 at the bequest of Joseph B. Gittler, this award is made in recognition of the significant scholarly achievements that a SSSP member has made in contributing to the ethical resolution of social problems.
Winner: Gregory Squires, George Washington University
Lee Founders Award Winner
Established in 1981, this award is made in recognition of significant achievements that, over a distinguished career, have demonstrated continuing devotion to the ideals of the founders of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and especially to the humanist tradition of Alfred McClung Lee and Elizabeth Briant Lee.
Winner: John F. Galliher, University of Missouri
Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship Winner
The Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship was established at the 1993 Annual Meeting by The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP). It is awarded to one recipient who demonstrates significant achievements of active engagement with social problems, participation in social problem solutions, and advancement of knowledge through study, service and critical analysis.
Winner: Sabrina Alimahomed, University of California, Riverside
Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award Winner
The Social Action Award, established in 1991, is awarded to a not-for-profit organization in the city/area hosting the annual meeting demonstrating sensitivity to and respect for cultural diversity. In 2009, it was renamed to Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award to honor SSSP's Executive Officer from 1990-2009 who was instrumental in establishing the award.
Winner: Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana
Student Paper Competitions and Outstanding Scholarship Award Winners
Congratulations to the student winners! The student paper competitions and outstanding scholarship awards are sponsored by the Divisions. To view the 2009 award winning paper abstracts click the following link: 2009 Award Winning Paper Abstracts.
- COMMUNITY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
1st Place: “Addressing the 21st Century Problem of the Color Line Using Community-based Participatory Research with Urban Black Churches,” Julia M. Wesley, University of Illinois at Chicago
- CONFLICT, SOCIAL ACTION, AND CHANGE DIVISION
1st Place: “How Falun Gong Became a Political Movement: Bringing the State Back into New Religious Movements,” Junpeng Li, Columbia University
- CRIME AND JUVENILE DELINQUENCY DIVISION
1st Place: “Strategic Conversion: The ‘Work Safe’ Culture of Prison Chaplaincy,” Allison Hicks, University of Colorado
- DISABILITIES DIVISION
No submissions were received.
- DRINKING AND DRUGS DIVISION
1st Place: No Award Given
Senior Scholar Award: No Award Given
- EDUCATIONAL PROBLEMS DIVISION
1st Place: “Does Legal Apprehension in Adolescence Effect Educational and Occupational Attainments in Adulthood?” Arina Gertseva, Washington State University
- ENVIRONMENT AND TECHNOLOGY DIVISION
“Mediterranean Rift: The Metabolic Rift in the Sicilian Bluefin Tuna Fishery,” Stefano Longo, University of Illinois at Springfield
- FAMILY DIVISION
1st Place: “Around Round?: Alcohol Dynamics of Opposite Sex and Same-Sex Couples,” Corinne Reczek, University of Texas at Austin
- GLOBAL DIVISION OUTSTANDING BOOK AWARD
Outstanding Book Award Winner: The Work of Global Justice: Human Rights as Practices (Cambridge University Press, 2007), Fuyuki Kurasawa, York University, Toronto, Canada
Outstanding Book Award Honorable Mention: The Illusion of Civil Society: Democratization and Community Mobilization in Low-Income Mexico (Pennsylvania State University, 2008), Jon Shefner, University of Tennessee
- GLOBAL DIVISION/CRITICAL SOCIOLOGY OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENT PAPER AWARD
1st Place – Graduate Student: “Social Movements in Transitions to Socialism: An Examination of the Campesino Movement in Venezuela,” Tiffany Linton Page, University of California, Berkeley
Honorable Mention – Graduate Student: “Governance and the Production of Identity: Consuming Western High-Culture in Contemporary Shanghai,” Fang Xu, University of British Columbia
- GLOBAL DIVISION OUTSTANDING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT PAPER AWARD
1st Place - Undergraduate Student: “El Que no Tiene Dinga, Tiene Mandinga: Black Collective Identity Formation among Afro-descendants in Dominican Republic and Ecuador,” Shantee L. Rosado, Macalester College
- HEALTH, HEALTH POLICY, AND HEALTH SERVICES DIVISION
1st Place: “Giving ‘til it Hurts: Egg Donation and the Costs of Altruism,” Anna Curtis, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Honorable Mention: “HIV Testing Sites in New York City: A Structural Analysis of Barriers to Access,” Nicole D’Anna, Hunter College, CUNY
- INSTITUTIONAL ETHNOGRAPHY DIVISION
1st Place - George Smith Award: “Migraine Diagnosis: Ruling Out the Badness,” Alejandra K. Gabriel, Arizona State University
Dorothy E. Smith Award for Scholar Activism: No Award Given
- LABOR STUDIES DIVISION
1st Place – Harry Braverman Award: “Demanding Rights, Withholding Peace: The Colombian Sugarcane Workers Strike,” Louis Edgar Esparza, Stony Brook University
- LAW AND SOCIETY DIVISION
1st Place - Alfred R. Lindesmith Award: “The Utility of Regional Jus Cogens in International Law,” Reza Hasmath, University of Cambridge
Lifetime Achievement Award: William Chambliss, George Washington University
- MENTAL HEALTH DIVISION
1st Place: “Marriage and Mental Health: Exploring Potential Race/Gender Variations,” Dawne Mouzon, Rutgers University
James R. Greenley Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Sociology of Mental Health: Bruce Link, Columbia University
- POVERTY, CLASS, AND INEQUALITY DIVISION
1st Place Co-Winner: “From Job Search to Hiring to Advancement: The Labor Market Experiences of Ethnic Minorities in Beijing,” Reza Hasmath, University of Cambridge
1st Place Co-Winner: “Norms and Nuptials: The Changing Social Price of Marriage,” Daniel Schneider, Princeton University
Mike Harrington Award for Community Action: No submissions were received.
- RACIAL AND ETHNIC MINORITIES DIVISION
1st Place: “Indigenous Peoples: Theory and Practice of Resistance,” Shari Valentine, Texas A&M University
- SEXUAL BEHAVIOR, POLITICS, AND COMMUNITIES DIVISION
1st Place: “‘Being Straight is Not a Choice’: Essentialism and Identity De/Construction Among Heterosexual Siblings of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth,” Amy Kathryn Brainer, University of Illinois at Chicago
- SOCIAL PROBLEMS THEORY DIVISION
1st Place: “To Make a Prison Mobile: Social Problem Forms and the Construction of Abu Ghraib,” Jared Del Rosso, Boston College
Honorable Mention: “‘Victim Work’: A Narrative Analysis of the Duke Rape Case,” J. David Thomas, Purdue University
Outstanding Article Award: “Erasing the Brown Scare: Referential Afterlife and the Power of Memory Templates,” Gary Alan Fine and Terence McDonnell, Northwestern University, SOCIAL PROBLEMS 54:2 (2007), pp. 170-87
Outstanding Article Award: “The e-Rise and Fall of Social Problems: The Blogosphere as a Public Arena,” Ray Maratea, University of Delaware, SOCIAL PROBLEMS 55:1 (2008), pp. 139-59
- SOCIOLOGY AND SOCIAL WELFARE DIVISION
No submissions were received.
- SPORT, LEISURE, AND THE BODY DIVISION
1st Place: “The Terrible Towel and Fair-Weather Fans: An Exploration of Steelers Nation as a Quasi-Religion,” Marci Cottingham, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
- TEACHING SOCIAL PROBLEMS DIVISION
No submissions were received.
- YOUTH, AGING, AND THE LIFE COURSE DIVISION
1st Place: “Negotiating the Ethics of Elder Care in the Transnational Field: A Case of Immigrants in the U.S. and their Parents in Taiwan,” Ken Chih-Yan Sun, Brandeis University
Honorable Mention: “Returning to Work: The Impact of Health Insurance on Labor Market Reentry among Older Workers,” Ben Lennox Kail, Florida State University
Activism Award: No Award Given
Divisional Meetings – Door Prize Winner
In appreciation for attending one or more of our Divisional Meetings, members are invited to submit their door prize ticket to enter the pool from which one person will be selected to win a complimentary 2010 SSSP membership. Door prize tickets will be given during each divisional meeting. Members are responsible for filling out and placing their tickets in the door prize box, located by the exit door of each meeting room, for the final drawing.
Winner: Cary Federman