Past Awardees

The Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology Emancipatory Practice in SKAT Award

2022 Anti-Eviction Mapping Project  
Counterpoints: A San Francisco Bay Area Atlas of Displacement and Resistance
2021 Winner 1: Ruha Benjamin


Winner 2: The Free Radicals

Princeton University




The Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology Wells-Duster Award

2022 Taylor Marion Cruz California State University Cruz, Taylor Marion. “Racing the Machine: Data Analytic Technologies and Institutional Preservation of Racialized Health Injustice”
2021 Phillip Prince Grace Northwestern University Grace, Phillip P. “‘Little brother is watching’: Undersight experiments in movements for police accountability”.

The Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology Hacker-Mullins Student Paper Award


Chuncheng Liu


Mary Shi

UC San Diego


UC Berkeley

Liu, Chuncheng. “Seeing Like a State, Enacting Like an Algorithm: (Re)assembling Contact Tracing and Risk Assessment during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Science, Technology & Human Values 47(4): 698-725.
Shi, Mary. “The Public Lands, Settler Colonialism, and Early Government Promotion of Infrastructure in the United States”
2021 Andréa Becker CUNY “Same Uterus, Different Paths: Examining Gendered Infertility Discourses in Hysterectomy Narratives”. 


Honorable Mention:
Santiago Molina

2020 Sarah Brothers Yale University Brothers, Sarah. 2019. “A Good ‘Doctor’ is Hard to Find: Assessing Uncredentialed Expertise in Assisted Injection.” Social Science & Medicine, 237.
2019 Madeleine Pape University of Wisconsin-Madison Pape, Madeleine. Forthcoming. “Expertise, Epistemologies of the Body, and the Institutional Enactment of the Binary.” Body & Society


Honorable Mention:
June Jeon, Forthcoming. “Habitus of Ignorance: Ease and Legitimation of Ignorance in the Advanced Bioenergy Center,” Social Studies of Science.

Caleb Scoville. 2019. “Hydraulic Society and a ‘Stupid Little Fish’: Toward a Historical Ontology of Endangerment.Theory and Society. 38(1)1-37.

2018 Savina Balasubramanian Northwestern University Balasubramanian, Savina. 2018. “Motivating Men: Social Science and the Regulation of Men’s Reproduction in Postwar India.” Gender & Society, 32(1).
2017 Kellie Owens Northwestern University Owens, Kellie. 2017. “Too Much of a Good Thing? American Childbirth, Intentional Ignorance, and the Boundaries of Responsible Knowledge.” Science, Technology & Human Values, 42(5).
2016 David Peterson Northwestern University Peterson, David. 2015. “All that is Solid: Bench-Building at the Frontiers of Two Experimental Sciences.” American Sociological Review, 80(6).
2015 Natalie B. Aviles University of California, San Diego Aviles, Natalie B. 2015. “The Little Death: Rigoni-Stern and the Problem of Sex and Cancer in 20th-Century Biomedical Research.” Social Studies of Science, 54(3).
2014 Kelly Kistner University of Washington “’A Word Factory was Wanted’: Organizational Objectivity in the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary.” Social Studies of Science 43(6).
2013 Phillipa K. Chong University of Toronto “Legitimate judgment in art, the scientific world reversed?: Critical distance in evaluation.”
2012 Ignacio Siles Northwestern University 2011. “From Online Filter to Web Format: Articulating Materiality and Meaning in the Early History of Blogs.” Social Studies of Science, 41(5).
2011 Michael Strand University of Notre Dame “Where do classifications come from? The DSM-III, the transformation of American Psychiatry, and the problem of origins in the sociology of knowledge” (Department of Sociology, University of Notre Dame).
2010 Owen Whooley NYU “Diagnostic Ambivalence: Psychiatric Workarounds and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.” The paper was recently published in Sociology of Health and Illness.
2009 David Schliefer   “The Dovetailing of Activism, Industry, and the Technological Backburner: How Trans Fats Became Healthy.”
2007 Elizabeth Popp Berman   “Why did Universities Start Patenting? Institution-building and the Road to the Bayh-Dole Act”
2006 Janet Vertesi Cornell University “Mind the Gap: the London Underground Map and Users’ Representation of urban Space”
2005 Annalisa Salonius 


Abby Kinchy

McGill University 


University of Wisconsin

“Social Organization of Work in Biomedical Research Labs: Socio-historical Dynamics and the Influence of Research Funding” 


“African Americans in the Atomic Age”

2003 Cyrus Mody 


Jennifer Fosket

Cornell University 


University of California-San Francisco

“Probe Microscopists at Work and Play: The Growth of American STM and AFM in the 1980s” 


“Constructing “High Risk Women”: The Development and Standardization of a Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool”

2002 Kjerten Clare Bunker Stanford University “Patterns of Discrimination in Public and Private Science: The Effects of Gender and Discipline”
2002 Park Doing Cornell University “Lab Hands’ and the ‘Scarlet O’: On Models, Identity, and Technology Studies”
2001 Jenny Reardon Cornell University “The Human Genome Diversity Paper”
2000 Christopher Henke University of California, San Diego “Making a Place for Science: The Field Trial”
1999 Jennifer Fishman and Laura Mamo University of California, San Francisco “Potency in All the Right Places: Viagra as a Technology of the Gendered Body”
1998 Jason Owen-Smith University of Arizona “The Social Organization of Scientific Skepticism”
1997 Pablo Boczkowski Cornell University “The Mutual Shaping of Users and Technologies In and Through Computer-Mediated Communication; Artifacts of Nationhood in the Argentine Mailing List”
1996 Lisa Jean Moore University of California-San Francisco “The Technologies of Safer Sex: Latex Devices”
1995 Stefan Timmermans University of Illinois “Saving Lives or Sharing Multiple Identities? The Double Dynamic of Resuscitation Scripts”
1994 Charis Cussins 


Scott Frickel

University of California-San Diego 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Cycles of Conceivability: The Construction of the Normal Woman in an Infertility Unit” 


“Submarine Thermal Reactor Mark-I: Successful Science & the Geography of Actor Networks”

1992 Rosa Haritos Columbia University “Scientists at Work: Institutional & Cultural Contexts of Discovery”

The Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology
Robert K. Merton Book Award

2022 Claire Laurier Decoteau University of Illinois at Chicago Decoteau, Claire Laurier. 2021. The Western Disease: Contesting Autism in the Somali Diaspora. University of Chicago Press.
2021 Jill A. Fisher UNC at Chapel Hill Fisher, Jill A. (2020). Adverse Events: Race, Inequality, and the Testing of new Pharmaceuticals. NYU Press. 


Honorable Mention:
Rubio, F. D. (2019). Still Life: Ecologies of the Modern Imagination at the Art Museum. The University of Chicago Press.

2020 Owen Whooley University of New Mexico 2019. On the Heels of Ignorance: Psychiatry and the Politics of Not Knowing. University of Chicago Press.
2019 Miranda R. Waggoner Florida State University 2017. The Zero Trimester: Pre-Pregnancy Care and the Politics of Reproductive Risk. University of California Press.
2018 Shobita Parthasarathy University of Michigan 2017. Patent Politics: Life Forms, Markets and the Public Interest in the United States and Europe. University of Chicago Press. 


Honorable Mention:
Stephen Hilgartner. 2017. Reordering Life: Knowledge and Control in the Genomics Revolution. MIT Press.

2017 Victoria Pitts-Taylor Wesleyan University 2016. The Brain’s Body: Neuroscience and Corporeal Politics. Duke University Press. 


Honorable Mention:
Aaron Panofsky. 2014. Misbehaving Science: Controversy and the Development of Behavior Genetics. University of Chicago Press.

2016 Natasha Myers York University 2015. Rendering Life Molecular: Models, Modelers, and Excitable Matter. Duke University Press. 


Honorable Mention:
Claire Decouteau. 2013. Ancestors and Antiretrovirals: The Biopolitics of HIV/AIDS in Post-Apartheid South Africa. University of Chicago Press.

2015 Owen Whooley   2013. Knowledge in the Time of Cholera: The Struggle over American Medicine in the Nineteenth Century. University of Chicago Press.
2014 Sara Naomi Shostak Brandeis University 2013. Exposed Science: Genes, the Environment, and the Politics of Population Health. University of California Press.
2013 Gabrielle Hecht University of Michigan Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade
2012 Gil Eyal, Brendan Hart, Emine Onculer, Neta Oren, and Natasha Rossi Columbia University 2010. The Autism Matrix. Polity Press.
2011 Kelly Moore   Disrupting Science; Social Movements, American Scientists, and the Politics of the Military, 1945-1975
2010 Gabriela Soto Laveaga   Jungle Laboratories: Mexican Peasants, National Projects and the Making of the Pill.
2009 David J. Hess 



Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2007. Alternative Pathways in Science and Industry:  Activism, Innovation and the Environment in an Era of Globalization.  MIT Press. 


Honorable Mention:
Maren Klawiter. 2008. The Biopolitics of Breast Cancer: Changing Cultures of Disease and Activism. University of Minnesota Press.

2008 Libby Schweber University of Lancaster, UK 2006. Disciplining Statistics:  Demography and Vital Statistics in France and England, 1830-1885. Duke University Press.
2007 Steve Epstein University of California, Irvine 2007. Inclusion: The Politics of Difference in Medical Research. University of Chicago Press.
2006 Scott Frickel Tulane University Chemical Consequences: Environmental Mutagens, Scientist Activism, and the Rise of Genetic Toxicology 


Honorable Mention:
Sydney A. Halpmen. The Nuclear Borderlands: The Manhattan Project in Post-Cold War Mexico

Joseph Masco. Lesser Harms: The Morality of Risk in Medical Research

2005 Stefan Timmermans and Marc Berg University of California-Los Angeles The Gold Standard: The Challenge of Evidence-Based Medicine and Standardization in Health Care. Temple University Press.
2004 Not Awarded    
2003 Donald MacKenzie   Mechanizing Proof: Computing, Risk, and Trust
2002 Helen Longino University of Minnesota The Fate of Knowledge
2001 Karin Knorr Cetina University of Bielefeld (Germany) Epistemic Cultures: How the Sciences Make Knowledge
2000 Anne Fausto-Sterling Brown University Sexing the Body
2000 Daniel Breslau Tel Aviv University In Search of the Unequivocal
1999 Thomas F. Gieryn Indiana University Cultural Boundaries of Science: Credibility on the Line
1998 Joan H. Fujimura 


Steve Shapin

Stanford University 


University of California-San Diego

Crafting Science: A Sociohistory of the Quest for the Genetics of Cancer 


A Social History of Truth: Civility and Science in Seventeenth-Century England

1997 Steven Epstein University of California-Berkeley Impure Science: AIDS, Activism, and the Politics of Knowledge
1996 Renee R. Anspach 


Diane Vaughan

University of Michigan 


Boston College

Deciding Who Lives: Fateful Choices in the Intensive-Care Nursery 


The Challenger Launch Decision: Risky Technology, Culture, and Deviance at NASA

1995 Michael Lynch Brunel University Scientific Practice and Ordinary Action: Ethnomethodology and the Social Studies of Science
1994 Harry Collins 


Trevor Pinch

University of Bath 


Cornell University

The Golem–What Everyone Should Know About Science
1993 Elaine Draper 


Donald MacKenzie

University of Southern California 


University of California-Santa Cruz

Risky Business: Genetic Testing & Exclusionary Practices in the Hazardous Workplace 


Inventing Accuracy: A Historical Sociology of Nuclear Missile Guidance

1992 Donna Haraway   Primate Visions
1991 Chandra Mukerji 


Jack R.Kloppenberg, Jr.

University of California-San Diego 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

A Fragile Power: Scientists & the State 


First the Seed: The Political Economy of Plant Biotechnology

The Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology
Star-Nelkin Paper Award

2021 Benjamin Shestakofsky


Shreeharsh Kelkar



UC Berkeley

Shestakofsky, B., Kelkar, S (2020). “Making platforms work: relationship labor and the management of publics”. Theory and Society 49, 863–896. 


Honorable Mention:
Sweet, Paige and Claire Decoteau. 2018. “Contesting Normal: The DSM-5 and Psychiatric Subjectivation,” BioSocieties 13(1):103-22.


2020 Aaron Panofsky and Joan Donovan UCLA (Panofsky) and Harvard (Donovan) 2019. “Genetic Ancestry Testing Among White Nationalists: From Identity Repair to Citizen Science,” Social Studies of Science 49(5):653-81. 


Honorable Mention:
Sweet, Paige and Claire Decoteau. 2018. “Contesting Normal: The DSM-5 and Psychiatric Subjectivation,” BioSocieties 13(1):103-22.

2019 Angele Christin Stanford University “Counting Clicks. Quantification and Variation in Web Journalism in the United States and France,” American Journal of Sociology, 2018
2018 Daniel Navon and Gil Eyal UCSD (Navon) and Columbia (Eyal) “Looping Genomes: Diagnostic Change and the Genetic Makeup of the Autism Population,” American Journal of Sociology, 2016
2017 Nancy Campbell and Laura Stark RPI (Campbell) and Vanderbilt (Stark) “Making Up ‘Vulnerable People’: Human Subjects and the Subjective Experience of Medical Experiment,” Social History of Medicine, 2015
2016 Jacob Foster, Andrey Rzhetsky, and James Evans UCLA (Foster) and The University of Chicago (Rzhetsky, Evans) “Tradition and Innovation in Scientists’ Research Strategies,” American Sociological Review, 2015
2015 Carrie Friese London School of Economics & Political Science “Realizing Potential in Translational Medicine: The Uncanny Emergence of Care as Science,” Current
54 (2013)
2014 Carol Heimer Northwestern University “Inert Facts and the Illusion of Knowledge: Strategic Uses of Ignorance in HIV Clinics.”
2013 Co-Winner  Elizabeth Popp Berman State University of New York, Albany 2012.  “Explaining the Move Toward the Market in U.S. Academic Science:  How Institutional Logics Can Change without Institutional Entrepreneurs,”Theory and Society 41: 261-299.
2013 Co-Winner Benjamin Sims and Christopher Henke Los Alamos National Laboratory and Colgate University “Repairing Credibility:
Repositioning Nuclear Weapons Knowledge After the Cold War,”Social Studies of Science 42 (3) :324-347.
2012 Kelly Moore, Daniel Lee Kleinman, David Hess and Scott Frickel Loyola University- Chicago, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Vanderbilt University, Washington State University 2011, “Science and Neoliberal Globalization: A Political Sociological Approach,” Theory and Society 40(5).
2011 Mathieu Albert, Suzanne Laberge and Brian D. Hodges University of Toronto, Université de Montréal and University of Toronto 2009, Boundary work in the health research field: Biomedical and clinician scientists’ perceptions of social science research. Minerva.47(2): 171-194.