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 2015 Mirra Komarovsky Book Award is Jocelyn Viterna for Women in War:  The Micro-processes of Mobilization in El Salvador, Oxford University Press, 2013.  Honorable Mentions were awarded to Randol Contreras for The Stickup Kids:  Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream, University of California Press, 2013; and to Lisa Stampnitzky for Disciplining Terror:  How Experts Invented Terrorism, Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Nominations for the 2016 Mirra Komarovsky Book Award are now being accepted. In 2016, the annual meetings will be held in Boston. 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 2013-2015, 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 to lschmalzbauer@amherst.edu.  Books must be sent by October 15, 2015 to the committee:

Leah Schmalzbauer
Dept. of Anthropology and Sociology
306 Morgan Hall
Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
Lisa Stampnitzky
Dept. of Politics
University of Sheffield
Northumberland Rd.
Sheffield, S10 2TU
Shamus Kahn
501 Knox Hall
Dept. of Sociology
Columbia University
606 W. 122nd St.
New York, NY 10027
Enobong Branch
University of Massachusetts
Dept. of Sociology
736 Thompson Hall
200 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9277
Erynn Casanova
241 Senator Place
Cincinnati, OH 45220

Books must be received by committee members by October 15, 2015.





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).