Komarovsky Book Award

This award honors the memory of Mirra Komarovsky (February 5, 1905 – January 30, 1999), a pioneer in the sociology of gender. The winner of the 2014 Mirra Komarovsky Book Award is Patrick Sharkey, New York University, for Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress toward Racial Equality, University of Chicago Press, 2012.

Nominations for the 2015 Mirra Komarovsky Book Award are now being accepted. In 2015, the annual meetings will be held in New York City. The award will be announced and presented at a special session at the annual meeting.

Books on any sociological subject are eligible. To be eligible for consideration, a book must have been published during 2012-2014, and at least one of its authors must be a current ESS member. Self-nominations are accepted; however nominations submitted by publishers alone will not be considered. Nominators and/or authors are responsible for arranging review copies to be sent to committee members.

Nominations should provide full publication information (including date of publication), a 1-2 paragraph rationale for the nomination, and should be sent via email by October 31, 2014 to the committee chair:

Joanna Dreby
Department of Sociology
University of Albany
Books must be received by November 15, 2014.


Click here for the addresses of the review committee

Joanna Dreby (CHAIR)
Department of Sociology
University at Albany – State University of New York
Arts & Sciences 327
1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12222


Claudio Benzecry
Sociology Department
University of Connecticut
344 Mansfield Rd.
Storrs, CT 06269-2068


Cedric de Leon
Sociology Department
Providence College
1 Cunningham Square, Providence, RI 02918
Email: cdeleon@providence.edu


Patrick Sharkey
New York University
Department of Sociology
The Puck Building
295 Lafayette Street, Fourth Floor
New York, NY 10012


Pamela Stone

MAIL BOOK TO: PO Box 534, Lakeville, CT 06039 or DELIVER TO 40 Elm Street, Lakeville, CT 06039




2014 Patrick Sharkey, Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress toward Racial Equality (University of Chicago Press, 2012)

2013 Alondra Nelson, Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination (University of Minnesota Press, 2011).

2012 Cecilia Menjivar, Enduring Violence: Ladina Women’s Lives in Guatemala (University of California Press, 2011).

2011 Tim Black, When a Heart Turns Rock Solid: The Lives of Three Puerto Rican Brothers On and Off the Streets (Pantheon, 2009).

2010 Javier Auyero and Débora Alejandra Swistun, Flammable: Environmental Suffering in an Argentine Shantytown (Oxford University Press, 2009).

2009 Philip Kasinitz, John H. Mollenkopf, Mary C. Waters, and Jennifer Holdaway, Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age (Russell Sage, 2009).

2008 Mitchell L. Stevens, Creating a Class: College Admissions and the Education of Elites (Harvard, 2007).

2007 Robert Wuthnow, America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity (Princeton, 2006)

2006 Eiko Ikegami, Bonds of Civility: Aesthetic Networks and Political Origins of Japanese Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2005).

2005 Richard Alba and Victor Nee, Remaking the American Mainstream: Assimilation and Contemporary Immigration (Harvard, 2005).

2004 Sarah Babb, Managing Mexico: Economists from Nationalism to Neoliberalism (Princeton, 2004).

2003 Eric Klinenberg, Heatwave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago (Chicago, 2002).

2002 Stanley Lieberson, A Matter of Taste: How Names, Fashions, and Culture Change (Yale University Press, 2000).

2001 Mary C. Waters, Black Identities: West Indian Immigrant Dreams and American Realities (Russell Sage, 2001).

2000 Elijah Anderson, Code of the Street: Decency, Violence and the Moral Life of the Inner City (Norton, 2001).