Merit Award

Unfortunately, there were no nominations for the Merit Award for 2020.

For the 2021 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 15, 2020 to the committee chair:

Cinzia Solari (cinzia.solari@umb.edu)

Previous ESS Merit Award Winners


Year, Winner 
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
2018, Nancy Foner 
2019, Karen V. Hansen