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Professor Nancy Foner, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, is the recipient of the ESS 2018 Merit Award. 

Professor Foner received her B.A. from Brandeis University and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Her main area of interest is immigration. She has studied Jamaicans in their home society as well as in New York and London and written extensively on immigration to New York City, past and present. She is particularly interested in the comparative study of immigration – comparing immigration today with earlier periods in the United States and immigrants in the United States and Europe. 

Nancy Foner is the author or editor of eighteen books. Her most recent book is Strangers No More: Immigration and the Challenges of Integration in North America and Western Europe (co-authored with Richard Alba, Princeton University Press, 2015, Honorable Mention, Distinguished Book Award of the Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Section of the International Studies Association and Honorable Mention, Thomas and Znaniecki Distinguished Book Award of the ASA International Migration Section).  Foner is also the author of more than 100 articles and book chapters.

Among her other activities, she was, for many years, a member of the Social Science Research Council Committee on International Migration and the Russell Sage Foundation Immigration Research Advisory Committee.  More recently, she was a member of the National Academy of Sciences panel on the Integration of Immigrants into American Society. A former president of the Eastern Sociological Society (2014-15), she was also chair of the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association as well as president of the Society for the Anthropology of Work and the Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology. 

Her work has been honored in many ways. In 2010, she received the Distinguished Career Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association, and in 2016, the inaugural Senior Scholar Award from the Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology. In 2011, she was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was awarded the Berlin Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin for fall 2017 and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for 2017-18.

For the 2019 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, 2018 to the committee chair:

 

Smitha Radhakrishnan
Associate Professor of Sociology
Luella LaMer Associate Professor of Women’s Studies
Wellesley College
sradhakr@wellesley.edu
 

 


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
2016 Robert Zussman
2017 Elijah Anderson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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
2016 Robert Zussman