Call for Awards

SKAT Section Announces Call for Nominations for Two New Awards Established in the Spirit of Anti-racism

At the August 2020 Business/Council meeting, the Science, Knowledge and Technology (SKAT) section of American Sociological Association decided to form an ad-hoc committee to explore how our scholarly community might support anti-racist action. The committee has been meeting regularly and consulted both with current SKAT Council members and past SKAT chairs to develop a proposal for TWO new awards that together will recognize the work of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) who contribute to the vibrant scholarship in our corner of sociology. At the same time, we hope this recognition draws a more diverse section membership and a wider range of intellectual work. The first award recognizes written scholarship. The second award recognizes the often-invisible work done by BIPOC scholars and community members who help to make SKAT scholarship possible. Information on the awards is in the Call for Nominations below. 

Call for Nominations

The Science, Knowledge and Technology (SKAT) section of the American Sociological Association invites nominations for two new annual awards beginning in 2021 to recognize the work and contributions by BIPOC knowledge producers.

The first award, the Ida B. Wells-Troy Duster Award, will be granted for written scholarship related to the field of sociology of science, knowledge, and technology, preferably work that develops understanding of Black, African American, or Indigenous intersections with science, knowledge, and technology in the spirit of anti-racism. Priority will be given to work that, in the tradition of Wells, involves pioneering investigation of neglected arenas of social injustice. SKAT is delighted to honor eminent sociologist Troy Duster (past President of ASA, and mentor to many), and his pathbreaking grandmother Ida B. Wells with the name of this award. To encourage career development among junior scholars, who are otherwise disadvantaged as applicants for such awards, preference will be given to applicants who are Black, Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC) and located in non-tenure track positions. Eligible works include work in progress and published articles and chapters of no more than 10,000 words. Books may be considered in part (for example, chapters of published books or edited volumes). All authors of a submitted collaborative work must not hold a tenured appointment in higher education. The published works must have publication dates of no more than two years prior to award year (2019 for the 2021 award). Self-nominations are encouraged from students, postdoctoral scholars, and those in contingent or short-term academic positions. Sociologists may put forward their work for consideration for this award and for any of the other SKAT awards at the same time.

The Wells-Duster award comes with a $500 prize.

The second award, the Emancipatory Practice in SKAT Award, will be granted to recognize the often-hidden contributions that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) make to the production of knowledge and sustaining of community in sociology, and from which SKAT has benefited. Nominations are welcome for creative contributions and work not traditionally recognized, including mentoring, public engagement through social media/blogs, ways of knowing that may challenge traditional science, activist leadership, artistic works including films, and social justice curriculum development. Nomination letters should name a person who identifies as BIPOC, and describe the contribution the nominee has made and how the contribution supports BIPOC communities in sociology or has implications for shaping SKAT knowledge. Collective contributions should identify 1-2 leaders to receive the award. Nominees must identify as BIPOC and may be at any career stage or location inside or outside academia. Nomination letters should be limited to 2 single-spaced pages and include the contact information of the nominator for potential follow-up. Self-nominations are welcome.

The Emancipatory Practice in SKAT award comes with a $250 prize.

SKAT welcomes nominations for these two new awards from people who are not currently SKAT (or ASA) members. The award will come with membership in ASA and the SKAT section, if the selected recipient is not currently a member.

The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2021. The selected prize winners will be presented with their award at the annual meeting of the ASA in August 2021, during the SKAT reception or business meeting. Please send nominations (pdf of written work for Wells-Duster Award or 2- page nomination letter for Emancipatory Practice Award) to SKAT Chair, Laurel Smith-Doerr (lsmithdoerr@umass.edu).  

Please feel free to contact any of the members of the Ad-hoc Committee for Anti-racist Action in SKAT if you have questions: 

Emily Vasquez (eev2105@columbia.edu)
Santiago Molina (santiagojmolina@berkeley.edu)
Kevin Moseby (kmm647@drexel.edu)
Diana Graizbord (dgraizbord@uga.edu)
Cal Garrett (cgarre8@uic.edu

2021 Star-Nelkin Article Award

Deadline: 3/1/2021

The Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association invites nominations for the 2021 Star-Nelkin Paper Award. ASA-SKAT welcomes nominations (including self-nominations) of published articles that advance the field of sociology of science, knowledge, and technology. To be eligible, an article’s earliest date of publication in a scholarly journal (whether online or in print) must have been in 2019 or 2020. The winner should be a member of SKAT during the year in which the award is given and will be honored at the ASA meetings in Chicago (August 2021) and will receive a plaque. Please email a brief nominating statement and a copy of the nominated article in PDF format to the chair of the selection committee, Alka Menon, Yale University (alka.menon@yale.edu), who must receive both by March 1, 2021.  All nominees must be ASA members to be considered for this and other section awards.  We especially encourage submissions of work written by scholars who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC). Send any requests for more information to the award committee chair.

2021 Star‐Nelkin Article Award Committee:
Alka Menon, Chair (Yale University, alka.menon@yale.edu) 
Renee Shelby (Georgia Tech)
Jimi Adams (University of Colorado Denver)
Juan Pablo Pardo‐Guerra (University of California San Diego)
Alexandra Vinson (University of Michigan)

Robert K. Merton Book Award

Deadline: 2/1/2021

The Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section invites nominations (including self-nominations) for the 2021 Robert K. Merton Book Award. The award is given annually in recognition of an outstanding book on science, knowledge, and/or technology published during the preceding three years (2020, 2019, or 2018). Single or multi-authored works are eligible, but not edited volumes. The winner, who should be a member of SKAT during the year in which the award is given, will be honored at the ASA Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL (August 7-10, 2021) and will receive a plaque. The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2021. Nominations or requests for more information should be sent to the committee chair, Owen Whooley (owenwho@unm.edu). Copies of nominated books should be received by all committee members by March 1, 2020. Please contact Owen Whooley (owenwho@unm.edu) for mailing addresses.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL NOMINEES MUST BE REGISTERED MEMBERS OF THE ASA TO BE CONSIDERED FOR SECTION AWARDS. We especially encourage submissions of work written by scholars who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC).

2021 Robert K. Merton Book Award Committee:
Owen Whooley, Chair (University of New Mexico, owenwho@unm.edu)
Cal Lee Garrett (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Ethel Mickey (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
John N. Parker (University of Oslo)
Shobita Parthasarathy (University of Michigan)

2021 Hacker-Mullins Student Paper Award

Deadline3/15/2021

The Science, Knowledge and Technology Section invites submissions for the 2021 Hacker-Mullins Graduate Student Paper Award. The winner will be honored at the ASA meetings in Chicago, IL (August 7-10, 2021) and will receive a plaque and a $350 monetary prize. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2021. Self-nominations are welcome. To be eligible, the primary author must be a student at the time of submission. Each student may submit only one paper in which they are the primary author. On papers co-authored with faculty members, a paper is eligible if the graduate student of the paper is the primary author and the non-student author must attest to the student’s primary role in the design, execution, and writing of the paper. Published and unpublished papers of no more than 10,000 words are accepted (excluding references); if published, the article must have been published no earlier than 2019. Please send the nominated paper and a brief nominating statement in one PDF document, via email, to the committee chair. We especially encourage submissions of work written by scholars who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC). 

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL NOMINEES MUST BE REGISTERED MEMBERS OF THE ASA TO BE CONSIDERED FOR SECTION AWARDS

2021 Hacker-Mullins Student Paper Award Committee:
Diana Graizbord, Chair (University of Georgia; dgraizbord@uga.edu)
Shiri Noy (Denison University)
Grant Shoffstall (Williams College)
Yu Tao (Stevens Institute of Technology)
Tyler Walton (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

2020 Robert K. Merton Book Award

Deadline: 2/1/2020

The Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section invites nominations (including self-nominations) for the 2020 Robert K. Merton Book Award. The award is given annually in recognition of an outstanding book on science, knowledge, and/or technology published during the preceding three years (2019, 2018, or 2017). Single or multi-authored works are eligible, but not edited volumes. The winner, who should be a member of SKAT during the year in which the award is given, will be honored at the ASA Annual Meetings in San Francisco, CA (August 8-11, 2020) and will receive a plaque. The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2020. Nominations or requests for more information should be sent to the committee chair, Tim O’Brien (obrien34@uwm.edu). Books should be received by committee members from authors or publishers no later than March 1, 2020. The committee members and their mailing addresses are listed below.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL NOMINEES MUST BE REGISTERED MEMBERS OF THE ASA TO BE CONSIDERED FOR SECTION AWARDS

Merton Book Award Committee:
Copies of nominated books should be received by all committee members by March 1, 2020.

Taylor Cruz
California State University, Fullerton
2600 Nutwood Avenue
College Park 900
Fullerton, CA 92831
tacruz@fullerton.edu

Charles Gomez
The City University of New York, Queens College
Department of Sociology
6530 Kissena BLVD
Powdermaker Hall 252
Flushing, NY 11367-1597
charles.gomez@qc.cuny.edu

Tim O’Brien
Department of Sociology
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Bolton Hall, Room 714
3210 N. Maryland Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211
obrien34@uwm.edu

Emily Vasquez
Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics
Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons
Columbia University
630 West 168th Street, PH 1525
New York, NY 10032
eev2105@cumc.columbia.edu

2020 Star-Nelkin Article Award

Deadline: 3/1/2020

The Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association invites nominations for the 2020 Star-Nelkin Paper Award. ASA-SKAT welcomes nominations (including self-nominations) of published articles that advance the field of sociology of science, knowledge, and technology. To be eligible, an article’s earliest date of publication in a scholarly journal (whether online or in print) must have been in 2018 or 2019. The winner should be a member of SKAT during the year in which the award is given and will be honored at the ASA meetings in San Francisco, California (August 8-11, 2020) and will receive a plaque. Please email a brief nominating statement and a copy of the nominated article in PDF format to the chair of the selection committee, Elaine Draper, California State University, Los Angeles:  edraper@calstatela.edu, who must receive both by March 1, 2020.  All nominees must be ASA members to be considered for this and other section awards.  Send any requests for more information to the award committee chair.

Star-Nelkin Article Award Committee:

Elaine Draper, Department of Sociology, California State University, Los Angeles, Committee Chair:  edraper@calstatela.edu

Madeleine Pape, Department of Sociology and Science and Human Culture Program, Northwestern University:  madeleine.pape@northwestern.edu

 Renee Shelby, School of History and Sociology, Georgia Institute of Technology: reneeshelby@gatech.edu

Torsten Voigt, Institute of Sociology, RWTH Aachen University: thvoigt@soziologie.rwth-aachen.de

2020 Hacker-Mullins Student Paper Award

Deadline3/15/2020

The Science, Knowledge and Technology Section invites submissions for the 2020 Hacker-Mullins Graduate Student Paper Award. The winner will be honored at the ASA meetings in San Francisco, CA (August 8-11, 2020) and will receive a plaque and a $350 monetary prize. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2020. Self-nominations are welcome. To be eligible, the primary author must be a student at the time of submission. Each student may submit only one paper in which they are the primary author. On papers co-authored with faculty members, a paper is eligible if the graduate student of the paper is the primary author and the non-student author must attest to the student’s primary role in the design, execution, and writing of the paper. Published and unpublished papers of no more than 10,000 words are accepted (excluding references); if published, the article must have been published no earlier than 2018. Please send the nominated paper and a brief nominating statement in one PDF document, via email, to the committee chair.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL NOMINEES MUST BE REGISTERED MEMBERS OF THE ASA TO BE CONSIDERED FOR SECTION AWARDS

Hacker-Mullins Student Paper Award Committee:
Kevin M. Moseby (kmm647@drexel.edu), Drexel University, Committee Chair
April Hovav, University of California-San Diego
Arafaat Valiani, University of Oregon
Aaron Yates, University of Massachusetts

2019 Robert K. Merton Book Award

Deadline: 2/1/2019

The Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section invites nominations (including self-nominations) for the 2019 Robert K. Merton Book Award. The award is given annually in recognition of an outstanding book on science, knowledge, and/or technology published during the preceding three years (2018, 2017, or 2016). Single or multi-authored works are eligible, but not edited volumes. The winner, who should be a member of SKAT during the year in which the award is given, will be honored at the ASA Annual Meetings in New York, NY (August 10-13, 2019) and will receive a plaque. The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2019. Nominations or requests for more information should be sent to the committee chair. Books should be received by committee members from authors or publishers no later than March 1, 2019. The committee members and their mailing addresses are listed below.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL NOMINEES MUST BE REGISTERED MEMBERS OF THE ASA TO BE CONSIDERED FOR SECTION AWARDS

Merton Book Award Committee:
Copies of nominated books should be received by all committee members by March 1, 2019.

Anthony Hatch, Committee Chair
Science in Society Program
Wesleyan University
Allbritton Hall, Room 214
222 Church Street
Middletown, CT 06459

Stephen Hilgartner
Department of Science & Technology Studies
Cornell University
303 Morrill Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

Laura Mamo
San Francisco State University
Professor and Associate Director
Health Equity Institute
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave, HSS 359
San Francisco, CA 94132

Victoria Pitts-Taylor
Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
Wesleyan University
Allbritton Hall, Room 220
222 Church Street
Middletown, CT 06459

Anthony Urena
Department of Sociology
Columbia University
606 W 122nd Street, Suite 501
New York, NY 10027

Alondra Nelson, ex officio
Social Science Research Council
300 Cadman Plaza West, 15th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201

2019 Star-Nelkin Paper Award

Deadline: 3/1/2019

The Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association invites nominations for the 2019 Star-Nelkin Paper Award. ASA-SKAT welcomes nominations of published articles that advance the field of sociology of science, knowledge, and technology. To be eligible, an article’s earliest date of publication in a scholarly journal (whether online or in print) must have been in 2017 or 2018. The winner will be honored at the ASA meetings in New York, NY (August 10-13, 2019) and will receive a plaque. Self-nominations are welcome. Nominated articles must be received no later than March 1, 2019. Please email a brief nominating statement and a copy of the nominated article in PDF format to the chair of the selection committee.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL NOMINEES MUST BE REGISTERED MEMBERS OF THE ASA TO BE CONSIDERED FOR SECTION AWARDS

Star-Nelkin Paper Award Committee:
Timothy L. O’Brien, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Committee Chair
Diana Graizbord, University of Georgia
Savina Balasubramanian, Loyola University, Chicago
Kellie Owens, University of Pennsylvania
Christo Sims, University of California, San Diego
Alondra Nelson, Columbia University, ex officio

2019 Hacker-Mullins Student Paper Award

Deadline: 3/15/2019

The Science, Knowledge and Technology Section invites submissions for the 2018 Hacker-Mullins Graduate Student Paper Award. The winner will be honored at the ASA meetings in New York, NY (August 10-13, 2019) and will receive a plaque. The award also comes with a $350 prize. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2019. Self-nominations are welcome. To be eligible, an author or co-author must be a student at the time of submission. Each student may submit only one paper in which they are the primary author. On papers co-authored with faculty members, a paper is eligible if the graduate student of the paper is the primary author and the non-student author must attest to the student’s primary role in the design, execution, and writing of the paper. Published and unpublished papers of no more than 10,000 words are accepted (excluding references); if published, the article must have been published no earlier than 2017. Please send the nominated paper and a brief nominating statement in one PDF document, via email, to the committee chair.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL NOMINEES MUST BE REGISTERED MEMBERS OF THE ASA TO BE CONSIDERED FOR SECTION AWARDS

Committee:
Joanna Kempner, Rutgers University, Committee Chair
Andrew Deener, University of Connecticut, Storrs
Patrick Grzanka, University of Kentucky, Knoxville
Martine Lappe, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Rosalie Winslow, University of California, San Francisco
Alondra Nelson, Columbia University, ex officio