The recipient of the Merit Award of the Eastern Sociological Society for 2015 is Philip Kasinitz, Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and currently the chair of its PhD Program in Sociology. Professor Kasinitz has developed at the Center an outstanding doctoral program in immigration. He is a recognized authority on immigration and the author of many and much acclaimed books, from the classic Caribbean New York (1992) to his recent research on the children of immigrants. His most recent volume —Inheriting the City: the Children of Immigrants come of Age, 2010 (with Jennifer Holdaway, John Mollenkopf and Mary Waters)– received the Distinguished Scholarly Book Award from the ASA; it completes the 2004 Becoming New Yorkers: Ethnographies of the New Second Generation. He is past president of the ESS (2006-2007), for which he organized a very successful annual meeting under the title “New Diversity, Persistent Inequality;” since 2005, he has been book review editor for the Sociological Forum, contributing widely to the ESS scholarly journal. Phil is universally praised as a teacher, an adviser and a mentor. As a public intellectual, he does not only contribute to scholarly journals, but also to publications like The Nation, Dissent, and the Wall Street Journal, among others.  We believe that his scholarship, his public role and his dedication to the ESS make him uniquely qualified for this award.

For the 2016 award, the ESS Merit Award Committee invites members to recommend candidates. Those suggested should be distinguished scholars who have made outstanding contributions to the discipline, the profession, and the ESS. The committee may reconsider past recommendations but would appreciate a short statement to re-activate them. Recommendations should include a statement in support of the nominee and should be sent by October 31, 2015 to the committee chair:

Magali Sarfatti Larson 
ESS Merit Award Committee
Emeritus, Temple University

Previous ESS Merit Award Winners                           
1960 Maurice Davis
1961 Welman J. Warner, Ray Abrams
1962 Robert S. Lynd
1963 Pitirim Sorokin
1964 Donald Young
1965 Leonard Cottrell, Jr
1966 Thorsten Sellin
1967 Talcott Parsons
1968 Robert MacIver
1969 Negley Teeters
1970 Theodore Abel
1971 Jessie Bernard
1972 Everett C. Hughes
1973 Helen MacGill Hughes
1974 Alfred McClung Lee,
Elizabeth Briant Lee
1975 Charles H. Page
1976 Paul Lazarsfeld
1977 Mirra Komarovsky
1978 Robert K. Merton
1979 Hylan Lewis
1980 A. B. Hollingshead, David Reisman
1981 William F. Whyte
1982 Robert Bierstedt
1983 Lewis Coser
1984 Robin M. Williams, Jr
1985 George Homans
1986 Matilda White Riley
1987 Rose L. Coser
1988 Digby Baltzell
1989 James Blackwell
1990 Morris Rosenberg
1991 S. M. Miller
1992 William J. Goode
1993 Renée C. Fox
1994 Melvin Kohn
1995 Herbert Gans
1996 Charles Tilly
1997 Charles B. Perrow
1998 Harrison C. White
1999 Eliot Freidson
2000 Suzanne Keller
2001 Kai Erikson
2002 Marvin Bressler
2003 Bernard Barber
2004 Cynthia Fuchs Epstein
2005 William A. Gamson,
Caroline Hodges Persell
2006 Charles V. Willie
2007 Judith Lorber
2009 Richard Alba
2010 Nancy Denton
2011 Jerry Jacobs
2012 Margaret L. Anderson
2013 Karen Cerulo
2014 Kathleen Gerson
2015 Phil Kasinitz