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Komarovsky Book Award


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 co-winners of the 2021 Mirra Komarovsky Book Award are:

Danilo Mandić, Gangsters and Other Statesmen: Mafias, Separatists, and Torn States in a Globalized World. Princeton University Press, 2021
Poulami Roychowdhury, Capable Women, Incapable States: Negotiating Violence and Rights in India.  Oxford University Press, 2021.

 Honorable Mention

Eli Revelle Yano Wilson, Front of the House, Back of the House: Race and Inequality in the Lives of Restaurant Workers, New York University Press, 2021.


Nominations for the 2023 Mirra Komarovsky Book Award are now being accepted. 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 2020-2022, 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 the committee chair.



Notice of nomination should be sent to the Chair: Copies of the nominated book should be sent to each member of the committee.

Please send a PDF version of the nominated book to: Chair Hilary Silver, George Washington University:

Hard copies to Ingrid Castro, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts; (address provided upon submission of nomination to Dr. Silver.);

Danilo Mandić, Harvard University (address provided upon submission of nomination to Dr. Silver.);

Jonathan Mijs; Department of Sociology, Boston University, 100 Cummington Mall, Boston, MA 02215

Derron Wallace; Brandeis University-Department of Sociology, 415 South Street, Waltham, MA, 02453

DEADLINE for submissions is November 15, 2022
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