2020 OOW Award Winners

Max Weber Book Award

Winner

Tomaskovic-Devey, Donald, and Dustin Avent-Holt. 2019. Relational Inequalities: An Organizational Approach. New York: Oxford University Press. 

Honorable Mention

Sallaz, Jeffrey. 2019. Lives on the Line: How the Philippines Became the World’s Call Center Capital. New York: Oxford University Press.

James D. Thompson Graduate Student Paper Award

Winner

Guillermina Altomonte. “Exploiting Ambiguities: A Moral Polysemy Approach to Variation in Economic Practices” (published in American Sociological Review, 85(1):76-105).

Honorable Mention

Ruijie Peng: “Racial Stereotypes and Intergroup Relations in a Transnational Workplace: How Workers Respond to Workplace Inequalities.”

W. Richard Scott Article Award

Winner

Raina A. Brands and Isabel Fernandez-Mateo: “Leaning Out: How Negative Recruitment Experiences Shape Women’s Decisions to Compete for Executive Roles” (published in Administrative Science Quarterly 62(3): 405-442).

Honorable Mentions

Victor Ray: “A Theory of Racialized Organizations” (published in American Sociological Review 84(1): 26-53).

Daniel Schneider and Kristen Harknett: “Consequences of Routine Work-Schedule Instability for Worker Health and Well-Being” (published in American Sociological Review 84(1): 82-114).

Rosabeth Moss Kanter Distinguished Career Award

Arne Kalleberg, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina.

The recipients of these awards will be honored at OOW’s (virtual) business meeting at ASA. Congratulations once again to all of the winners.  

Organizations, Occupations, and Work Award Nominations Calls

OOW Distinguished Career Award

The Distinguished Career Award recognizes and celebrates a career of contributions to the area(s) of organizations, occupations, and/or work. Nominations are judged on the depth and breadth of scholarly impact over an extended time and across multiple projects.

Section members may nominate a distinguished scholar by sending (1) a letter (PDF or MSWord) of nomination, which outlines the candidate’s scholarly contributions to the field and provides assurance of the candidate’s willingness to be nominated, (2) a copy of the candidate’s most recent curriculum vitae, and (3) full contact information for the nominee (including email address), to the Chair of the selection committee. To receive full consideration, nominations must be submitted by March 31, 2020.

The members of the 2020 Distinguished Career Award Committee are the officers of the OOW section. Please submit nominations to:

Tim Bartley
Department of Sociology
Washington University
bartleyt@wustl.edu

Max Weber Book Award

The Max Weber Award for Distinguished Scholarship is granted for an outstanding contribution to scholarship on organizations, occupations, and/or work in a book published within the last three years (2017-2019). A book may be nominated by its author(s), by its publisher, or by any ASA member.

To nominate a book, send (1) a copy of the book and (2) contact information for the nominee (including an email address) to each member of the selection committee at the addresses below. Publishers who wish to submit a book for consideration must include a nomination letter that states how the book contributes to scholarship on organizations, occupations, and/or work. To receive full consideration, nominations must be submitted by March 31, 2020.

Please submit your nomination to each of the members of the 2020 Weber Book Award Committee:

Chair: LaTonya Trotter
Department of Sociology
Vanderbilt University
PMB 351811
Nashville, TN 37235-1811
l.trotter@vanderbilt.edu

Joseph C. Hermanowicz
Department of Sociology
University of Georgia
324A Baldwin Hall
Athens, GA 30602-1611
jch1@uga.edu

Michelle Maroto
Department of Sociology
University of Alberta
6-23 Tory Building
Edmonton, AB T6G 2H4
maroto@ualberta.ca

Richard E. Ocejo
Department of Sociology
John Jay College and the Graduate Center, CUNY
John Jay College, CUNY
524 W. 59th St.; 520.12HH
New York, NY, 10019
rocejo@jjay.cuny.edu

Hana Shepherd
Department of Sociology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
26 Nichol Avenue
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
hshepherd@sociology.rutgers.edu

James D. Thompson Graduate Student Paper Award

The James D. Thompson Award is given for an outstanding graduate student paper on organizations, occupations, and work written within the last three years (2017-2019). The winner receives $500 for travel to a professional meeting. Authors may nominate themselves, or section members may do so. To nominate a paper, send (1) a PDF file of the paper or a functioning URL where it can be accessed, (2) a letter (PDF or MSWord) justifying the nomination, and (3) contact information for the nominee (including email), to each member of the selection committee. To receive full consideration, nominations must be submitted by March 31, 2020.

Please submit your nomination to each of the members of the 2020 Thompson Award Committee: 

Chair: Michael Sauder
Department of Sociology
University of Iowa
Michael-sauder@uiowa.edu

Erynn Casanova
Department of Sociology
University of Cincinnati
erynn.casanova@uc.edu

Michael Gibson-Light
Department of Sociology
University of Denver
Michael.Gibson-Light@du.edu

Adilia James
Department of Sociology
Endicott College
ajames@endicott.edu

Megan Neely
Department of Sociology
Stanford University
mtneely@stanford.edu

Richard Scott Article Award

The W. Richard Scott Award for Distinguished Scholarship is granted for an outstanding contribution to scholarship on organizations, occupations, and/or work in an article published within the last three years (2017-19). An article may be nominated by its author(s) or by any ASA member.

To nominate an article, send (1) a PDF file of the article or a functioning URL where it can be accessed, (2) a letter (PDF or MSWord) justifying the nomination, and (3) contact information for the nominee (including email), to each member of the selection committee. Publication date is based on print publication for traditional journals (i.e., not online-first date), and release date for online-only journals. To receive full consideration, nominations must be submitted by March 31, 2020.

Please submit your nomination to each of the members of the 2020 Thompson Award Committee members:

Chair: Sarah Thebaud
Department of Sociology
University of California-Santa Barbara
sthebaud@soc.ucsb.edu

Joe Broschak
Department of Sociology
University of Arizona
broschak@email.arizona.edu

Reggie Byron
Department of Sociology
Southwestern University
byronr@southwestern.edu

Amanda Sharkey
Department of Organizations and Strategy
University of Chicago
sharkey@chicagobooth.edu

Ben Shestakofsky
Department of Sociology
University of Pennsylvania
bshesta@upenn.edu

Olav Sorenson
School of Management
Yale University
olav.sorenson@yale.edu

2019 OOW Award Winners

James Thompson Graduate Student Paper Award

Co-winners: 

James Chu, Stanford University, “A Camera or Merit or Engine of Inequality? College Rankings and the Enrollment of Disadvantaged Students”

Michael Gibson-Light, University of Arizona, “Sandpiles of Dignity: Labor Status and Symbolic Boundary-Making in the Contemporary American Prison”

Max Weber Book Award

Richard E. Ocejo, Masters of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 2017. 

Rosabeth Moss Kanter Distinguished Career Award

Charles Perrow, Stanford University

W. Richard Scott Article Award

Benjamin Shestakofsky, “Working Algorithms: Software Automation and the Future of Work,” Work and Occupations 44(4): 376–423. 2017.

ASA Award Nominations

Honor our colleague’s achievements to the entire association and discipline and consider nominating someone for an ASA Award.

The following is a list of ASA awards and a link to the nomination call:

Learn more about ASA’s Awards at www.asanet.org/awards.

Congrats to Yuen Yuen Ang, 2018 Zelizer Award for Best Book in Economic Sociology

Congrats to OOW member, Yuen Yuen Ang, who recently received the 2018 Zelizer Award for Best Book in Economic Sociology!

Award Announcement: In How China Escaped the Poverty Trap, Yuen Yuen Ang offers a bold and innovative framework for understanding economic development, one that challenges current wisdom from modernization and institutionalist perspectives.  The later, she argues, are simply too linear, top-down and errantly predicated on inductive modelling from Western contexts that make little sense for the global south.  She founds her alternative in complexity theory; envisioning economic development as a recursive and dynamic process in which state and markets co-evolve through innovation that cannot be prescribed.  Ang both theorizes and demonstrates how this process is bootstrapped using weak institutions at all levels of governance.  Developmental paths are formed through what she terms directed improvisation, the process by which the state sets some clear makers for policy makers at lower levels, but otherwise provides incentives and support to use local knowledge and experimentation.  This allows for necessary variation across the economic landscape and in different industries, the capacity for bureaucrats and entrepreneurs to select novel combinations of strategies, and the pursuit of niche economies that provide for virtuous growth cycles with ramifications for the larger economy.  In a series of richly detailed case studies Ang demonstrates how success was nurtured when goals were initially narrow and institutional transformation broad but gradual, when bureaucrats at all levels were incentivized to become entrepreneurial stakeholders, and when the boogie of corruption is harnessed to build momentum.  She carefully analyzes these dynamics at the macro-, meso- and micro-levels.  Through these case studies Ang additionally examines how the unleashing first of the coastal economies provided for cascading effects on their inland counterparts.  She is also sensitive to how this co-evolutionary process produces systemic problems with respect to the environment and inequality.  To add depth through comparison she also applies her model to disparate cases such as medieval Europe, the antebellum post-depression United States and Nigeria’s Nollywood film industry.  How China Escaped the Poverty Trap truly offers game-changing ideas for the analysis and implementation of socio-economic development and should have a major impact across many social sciences.

SocArXiv announces April 30 deadline for SOAR awards

Submitted a paper for an ASA section award? Post it to SocArXiv.org by April 30 to be eligible for a SOAR (Sociology Open Access Recognition) award as well. All shared papers that win an ASA section award will, upon notifying SocArXiv, receive a $250 SOAR award in recognition of the achievement. Submissions for graduate student award competitions are also eligible. Support open access and get the word out about your research by sharing your work on SocArXiv today. For more information about the SOAR program and how to your paper, visit socopen.org, or contact socarxiv@gmail.com.

The Working-Class Studies Association Seeking Nominations for Awards

The WCSA is pleased to invite nominations (including self-nominations) for awards covering the year of 2017.

Award categories are:

  • Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing: Published books of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and other genres
  • C.L.R. James Award for Published Books for Academic or General Audiences
  • Russo & Linkon Award for Published Article or Essay for Academic or General Audiences
  • Studs Terkel Award for Media and Journalism: Single published articles or series, broadcast media, multimedia, and film
  • Constance Coiner Award for Best Dissertation: Completed dissertations only

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