Deadline: 1/31/20

The Global Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems announces its 2020 Graduate Student Paper Competition. The goal is to encourage critical scholarship in the areas of global or transnational studies and social problems. Suggested paper topics include but are not limited to the following themes:

• Transnational Public Sociology • Knowledge Production about Globalization • Democratizing Globalization • The Politics of Human Rights • Re-imagining Community • Critical and/or Institutional Ethnography and Global Governance • Transnational Corporate Accountability • Immigration, Citizenship, and Global Justice • Globalization and Environmental Justice • Transnational Movements • Transnational Organizing within the Global South • Gender Issues in Globalization • Transnational Families

Jointly-authored papers are accepted, however all contributing authors must be current graduate students at the time of submission for this award. The paper must be either unpublished or published after January 2019. The award recipient will receive student membership in the SSSP, conference registration at the 2020 Annual SSSP Meeting in San Francisco, be recognized with a plaque at the SSSP Awards ceremony, and receive a $200 prize. Award recipients are expected to present their paper at the 2020 Annual Meeting.

Papers must be submitted through the SSSP Call for Papers process and to the e-mail address below. Papers should be accompanied by a cover letter specifying their submission as consideration for the graduate student paper competition to the Chair of Student Paper Award Committee. Please submit the paper electronically in a format compatible with MS WORD. Papers should be double-spaced and not exceed 10,000 words including citations. Authors should ensure that they receive a confirmation of receipt for their submission. Note: previous winners of this award are ineligible to compete and students may only submit their paper to one division competition. Papers should be double-spaced and not exceed 10,000 words including citations. To be eligible for consideration, submissions must be uploaded to the Call for Papers online submission system for the SSSP Annual Meeting and must also be sent to Martin Jacinto at by January 31, 2020.


Deadline: 3/1/20

The Global Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems is pleased to announce its 2020 Outstanding Book Award. The award is intended to recognize published work of exceptional quality in the areas of global studies and social problems and to encourage further critical scholarship in these areas. Accordingly, books on a variety of topics and themes will be considered for the award, including but not limited to the following: alternative models of globalization; global dynamics and forms of resistance to neoliberalism; transnational social movements; human rights struggles and global activism (around gender, indigeneity, migration, peace, social justice, etc.); transnational communities and cultural politics; global cities. We are particularly interested in books that link critical politics and activism with analytical and theoretical rigor.

To be eligible for consideration, books must have been published within 3 years of the meeting (2017-2020 for this year’s award) and not have been nominated for this award previously. Single or multiple-authored books will be accepted, however edited collections will not be considered. At least one of the authors must be a member of the SSSP in order to qualify for the award, although they will not be required to present a paper at the 2020 Annual Meeting. Nominations can be made by members of the Global Division as well as by publishers; self-nominations are also welcomed. The winner will be recognized at the 2020 Global Division business meeting.

Nominees should first send a letter with full publication information and a paragraph outlining the reasons for their nomination to the Chair of the Global Outstanding Book Award Committee, Dr. Ching Kwan Lee ( All nominating correspondence should include “SSSP Global Division Outstanding Book Award Nomination” in the e-mail subject heading. Once your nomination letter has been received, the Award Committee Chair will confirm the mailing addresses to which copies of the book should be sent directly. Authors will be requested to facilitate with their publishers that both a physical and an electronic copy of the book (if available) be sent to each member of the award committee by the nomination deadline of March 1, 2020.