James D. Thompson Graduate Student Paper Award
The James D. Thompson Award is given for an outstanding graduate student paper in the area of organizations, occupations, and work, written or published within the last three years (2018, 2019, 2020). 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, 2021.
Please submit your nomination to each of the members of the 2021 Thompson Award Committee:
Chair: Erin Cech
University of Michigan
Stony Brooke University
George Washington University
Rui Jie Peng
University of Texas, Austin
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: Rui Jie Peng: “Racial Stereotypes and Intergroup Relations in a Transnational Workplace: How Workers Respond to Workplace Inequalities.”
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”
Jennifer Bouek (Brown University). “Navigating Networks: How Nonprofit Network Membership Shapes Responses to Resource Scarcity.” Social Problems, 65: 11-32.
Winner: Josh Seim (UC, Berkeley), “The Ambulance: Toward a Labor Theory of Poverty Governance.” American Sociological Review 82(3):451-475.
Honorable mention: Amanda Barrett Cox (University of Pennsylvania), “Cohorts, ‘Siblings,’ and Mentors: Organizational Structures and the Creation of Social Capital.” Sociology of Education 90(10):47-63.
Winner: Benjamin Shestakofsky (UC, Berkeley) “High-Tech and High-Touch: The Labor behind the Screens of an Online Market.”
Honorable mention: Patrick Reilly (UCLA) “The Layers of a Clown: Career Development in Cultural Production Industries.”
Brad R. Fulton (Duke University), “Bridging and Bonding: How Social Diversity Influences Organizational Performance.”
Kim Pernell-Gallagher, “Learning from Performance: banks, collateralized debt obligations and the credit crisis.”
Adam Goldstein, “Revenge of the Managers: Labor Cost-Cutting and the Paradoxical Resurgence of Managerialism in the Shareholder Value Ear, 1984-2001”
Daniel Schneider, “Gender Deviance and Household Work: The Role of Occupation”
András Tilcsik, “Pride and Prejudice: Discrimination Against Openly Gay Men in the U.S.”
Catherine Turco, “The Cultural Foundations of Tokenism: Evidence from the Leveraged Buyout Industry”
2010 Honorable Mention
Elizabeth Chiarello, “Challenging Professional Self-Regulation: Social Movement Influence on Pharmacy Rulemaking in Washington State”
John-Paul Ferguson, “Space Invaders: Social Valuation and the Diversification of Union Organizing Drives, 1961-1999”
Taekjin Shin, “Pay Disparities Within Firms: The Role of the Chief Executive Officers”
Matthew Desmond, “Making Workers Deployable”
Jake Rosenfeld, “Desperate Measures: Strikes and Wages in Post-Accord America”
Dirk Zorn, “Here a Chief, There a Chief: The Rise of the CFO in the American Firm”
Isabel Fernandez-Mateo, “How Free are Free Agents? Relationships and Wages in a Triadic Labour Market”