essMeritAward_Banner

Professor Robert Zussman of the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the recipient of the ESS 2016 Merit Award.

His first book, Mechanics of the Middle Class: Work and Politics Among American Engineers (1985) received an Honorable Mention at the C.W.Mills Award. In 1992, Intensive Care: Medical Ethics and the Medical won the first Elliot Freidson Award from the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.  As an editor of the ASA Rose Monograph Series from 2000 to 2006, he co-edited and wrote the introduction for Public Sociology.  Zussman is the author of many articles; in all of his research projects, his objective is to look at “people in places,” to examine behavior, beliefs and the tensions between them in the institutional contexts in which both are produced.

Professor Zussman has a long history of service to the profession, both in the ASA and in the Eastern Sociological Society, which he presided in 2011-2012, culminating in the extremely successful meeting entitled “Storied Lives: Culture, Structure and Narrative.”

During his presidency, he encouraged in every possible way the recognition and institutionalization of sociology in Community Colleges, from their first mini-conference to the current committee, for which he continues to be an indispensable resource person.  He has been the editor of Qualitative Sociology and has served ESS on the board of Sociological Forum, on the Publications Committee and as chair of the Robin Williams Lecture Committee.

For the 2017 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, 2016 to the committee chair:
Joanna Dreby
ESS Merit Award Committee
University at Albany
jdreby@albany.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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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