OOW Award winners 2022

Dear OOW members,

As usual, reading the nominees for OOW awards is a reminder of what important and innovative research our members are conducting. This year was no exception, with large and strong pools to consider in each of our award categories. Below you will find a description of this year’s winners of the Max Weber Book Award, the Richard Scott Article Award, the James D. Thompson Graduate Student Paper Award, and the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Career Award. My sincere thanks to committee chairs Elaine Draper, Erin Cech, Vinnie Roscigno, and Amy Binder for their service to the section, and to all members of the committees for their time and engagement. I hope you find this work as exciting as I do, and that this whets your appetite to read it more deeply!

Best wishes,
Beth Popp Berman

Max Weber Book Award


Margaret M. Chin. 2020 Stuck: Why Asian Americans Don’t Reach the Top of the Corporate Ladder. NYU Press.

Margaret Chin’s Stuck provides a compelling window onto corporate America, examining the powerful, yet often invisible, barriers in the workplace that prevent second-generation Asian Americans from achieving the highest level of corporate leadership. The 103 interviewees we meet in the book fit the “model minority” stereotype. They have graduated from Ivy League colleges and landed prestigious entry-level jobs in the corporate world—in finance, venture capital, law, business, technology start-ups, accounting firms, media companies, and nonprofits, among others. They are successful in many ways but this is not the full story. Asian Americans get stuck in mid-level corporate roles. Asian Americans face a lack of trust from their coworkers and an absence of role models, sponsors, and mentors in the workplace. The picture is bleaker for Asian American women in corporate America, who contend with sexual harassment and prejudice, making their climb up the corporate ladder even harder. As Chin clearly demonstrates, the “bamboo ceiling” prevents many Asian Americans from accessing leadership positions in the corporate world, in spite of their accomplishments. Stuck shines a light on the continuing significance of race in shaping the lives of Asian American professional elites. 

Erin Hatton. 2020. Coerced: Work Under Threat of Punishment. University of California Press.

Erin Hatton’s Coerced examines a previously understudied dynamic in the study of work and employment—those who work but who are not classified as workers by the state and so are denied the protections afforded traditional workers—including minimum wage, overtime, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, and the ability to bargain collectively. Hatton focuses her grounded comparative analysis on four seemingly disparate groups where government protections do not apply: prison laborers, graduate students, welfare workers, and college athletes. She draws from 121 interviews with members of these groups, showing that for workers without state-provided protections, the coercion inherent to work under capitalism extends beyond the economic to controlled access to additional sanctions and rewards as employers wield expansive punitive power beyond their traditional right to hire and fire. While protected workers are subject to economic coercion under capitalism—as sociologists have long recognized and studied, these laborers are subject to what Hatton calls “status coercion.” Status coercion consists of work oriented to acquiring good standing with the employer who controls access to resources that otherwise would not be provided automatically (as with wages). Welfare recipients, for example, must work to gain access to key elements of the social safety net such as food stamps, Medicare, housing vouchers, and cash assistance. Coerced examines the rhetoric that is required to legitimate such work under threat of punishment both for those in positions of privilege (e.g. graduate students who receive subsidized training and professional development) and those who are already marginalized and devalued in terms of class, race, and gender. Hattonenriches the sociological study of work, occupations, and organizations by asking scholars to consider the many ways power in the workforce operates—to go beyond the traditional nexus of economic coercion and analyze how economic coercion intersects with status coercion for all types of work in the contemporary economy. 

Honorable Mention:
Laura T. Hamilton and Kelly Nielsen. 2021. Broke: The Racial Consequences of Underfunding Public Universities. University of Chicago Press.

Richard Scott Article Award


Sauer, Carsten, Peter Valet, Safi Shams, and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey. 2021. “Categorical Distinctions and Claims-Making: Opportunity, Agency, and Returns from Wage Negotiations.” American Sociological Review 86:934-959.

This article addresses the core OOW issue of wage negotiations from a theoretically and empirically innovative lens. Taking wage negotiations as a specific instance of claims-making, the authors argue for the central role of positional constraints in gendered and racialized negotiation strategies and outcomes. The authors draw on an impressive dataset of negotiations from over 2400 German employees.  The committee underscored the fresh take of the article on a perennial issue: contrary to current scholarship and the conventional narrative that individuals (particularly women) need to advocate for themselves by negotiating higher salaries, the authors examine empirically whether negotiation is possible and its consequences based on the employees’ structural location in the firm. As an exemplar example of Relational Inequality Theory, it helps to show how both agency and opportunity are central to wage negotiations.

Honorable Mention:

Lei, Ya-Wen. 2021. “Delivering Solidarity: Platform Architecture and Collective Contention in China’s Platform Economy.” American Sociological Review 86: 279-309.

James D. Thompson Graduate Paper Award


Sheehan, Patrick. 2022. “The Paradox of Self-Help Expertise: How Unemployed Workers Become Professional Career Coaches.” American Journal of Sociology 127:1151-1182.

“The Paradox of Self-Help Expertise” by Patrick Sheenan (which appeared in AJS) was selected as this year’s recipient of the OOW section’s Thomson Graduate Paper Award. The award committee had very high praise for this article, its theoretical and conceptual richness, and the impressive amount of evidence marshaled to interrogate questions about expertise in contemporary society, and why precisely unemployed workers would turn specifically to self-help experts. Sheehan masterfully shows how strategic interactions and relational work cojoin to establish self-help experts’ credibility in the eyes of those seeking work. Such interactions and relational work provide an alternative route to establishing expert credibility above and beyond more traditional and institutionalized credentials. Sheehan’s analyses and conception opens several important avenues for future research for those interested in expertise, credibility, and claims-making. Moreover, it expands our understanding of not just how one becomes an expert, but what it means to be an expert.

Rosabeth Moss Kanter Career Award


Paula England, New York University

The OOW Rosabeth Moss Kanter Distinguished Career Award recognizes and celebrates a career of outstanding contributions to the areas of organizations, occupations, and work. We are pleased to announce that this year’s winner is Paula England. Beginning in the 1980s, England has conducted pioneering research unpacking gender inequality in workplaces, combining studies of occupational sex segregation and wage gaps with a theoretical account focused on the cultural devaluation of women’s work. Along the way, she has mentored many others and pushed sociology’s engagements across disciplinary lines. Equally important, England has been a leader in and for the discipline, serving as the 2014-15 president of the American Sociological Association and as the 1998-99 chair of the OOW section. The committee, whose members were Amy Binder, Tim Hallett, Jennifer Nelson, and Ofer Sharone, congratulate Paula England on her tremendous accomplishments.

2021 OOW Distinguished Career Award Winner

Dear All, 

I am happy to announce that the 2021 OOW Distinguished Career Award goes to Christine Williams

How perfectly deserving! Thank you to the diligent committee members Vinnie Roscigno (Chair), Erin Kelly, Sylvia Fuller, Reginald Byron and Victor Ray. Please join us for the award ceremony at the OOW Business Meeting, on August 10th, 2:30PM-3:00PM EDT

Congratulations Christine!


2021 OOW Award Winners

It’s a pleasure to announce OOW papers and book award winners! Please come to congratulate them at the OOW business meeting on August 10th at 2:30-3:00pm EDT.

James D. Thompson Graduate Student Paper Award


Hart, Chloe Grace. 2021. “Trajectory Guarding: Managing Unwanted, Ambiguously Sexual Interactions at Work.” American Sociological Review 86, no. 2: 256–78.

Honorable mentions

Luhr, Sigrid. 2020. “Signaling Parenthood: Managing the Motherhood Penalty and Fatherhood Premium in the U.S. Service Sector.” Gender & Society 34, no. 2: 259–83.

Kunyuan Qiao. 2021. “E pluribus unum: Historical Origins and Contemporary Organizational Implications of Subnational Institutional Variations in the United States”. Working paper. Cornell University.

Many many thanks to the Thompson award committee members: Erin Cech (Chair), Yongjun Zhang, Jennifer Merluzzi, Guillermina Altomonte and Rui Jie Peng.

W. Richard Scott Article Award


Storer, Adam, Daniel Schneider, and Kristen Harknett. 2020. “What Explains Racial/Ethnic Inequality in Job Quality in the Service Sector?” American Sociological Review 85, no. 4: 537–72.

Big thank you to members of the Scott award committee: Nina Bandelj (Chair), Lindsey Ibanez, Ken-Hou Lin, Eunmi Mun and Ryan Smith.

Max Weber Book Award


Clair, Matthew.  2020. Privilege and Punishment: How Race and Class Matters in Criminal Court.  Princeton University Press.

Kelly, Erin L. and Phyllis Moen.  2020. Overload: How Good Jobs Went Bad and What We Can Do About It.  Princeton University Press.

We’re grateful to the members of the Weber award committee, Tim Bartley (Chair), Christine Williams, Marlese Durr and Dustin Avent Holt. 

Awards: ASA Science, Knowledge and Technology (SKAT) Section Awards in the Spirit of Anti-Racism

Two new awards from the ASA Science, Knowledge and Technology (SKAT) section in the spirit of anti-racism—the Ida B. Wells-Troy Duster award and the Emancipatory Practice in SKAT award. Link for information: https://asaskat.com/2020/12/24/skat-section-announces-call-for-nominations-for-two-new-awards-established-in-the-spirit-of-anti-racism/

These awards welcome nominations and self-nominations of BIPOC scholars who are not currently members of the SKAT section (the prizes come with section membership if the winner is not currently a member).

2020 OOW Award Winners

Max Weber Book Award


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


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


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

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

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

Michelle Maroto
Department of Sociology
University of Alberta
6-23 Tory Building
Edmonton, AB T6G 2H4

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

Hana Shepherd
Department of Sociology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
26 Nichol Avenue
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

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

Erynn Casanova
Department of Sociology
University of Cincinnati

Michael Gibson-Light
Department of Sociology
University of Denver

Adilia James
Department of Sociology
Endicott College

Megan Neely
Department of Sociology
Stanford University

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

Joe Broschak
Department of Sociology
University of Arizona

Reggie Byron
Department of Sociology
Southwestern University

Amanda Sharkey
Department of Organizations and Strategy
University of Chicago

Ben Shestakofsky
Department of Sociology
University of Pennsylvania

Olav Sorenson
School of Management
Yale University

2019 OOW Award Winners

James Thompson Graduate Student Paper Award


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.