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 2020 Mirra Komarovsky Book Award are Cinzia Solari from University of Massachusetts, Boston and Anthony Abraham Jack from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The title of Dr. Solari's book is On the Shoulders of Grandmothers: Gender, Nation, and Post-Soviet Nation-Building , published by Routledge Press.

The title of Dr. Jack's book is The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Poor Students, published by Harvard University Press.

Nominations for the 2020 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 2018-2020, 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.

Committee Members:


Daina Cheyenne Harvey, Chair, College of the Holy Cross, ([email protected])


Carson Byrd, University of Louisville, ([email protected])


Dylan Farrell-Bryan, University of Pennsylvania, ([email protected])


Yao Li, University of Florida, ([email protected])


Hilary Silver, George Washington University, ([email protected])


Copies of the nominated book should be sent to each member of the committee. Contact the Chair to arrange delivery.

DEADLINE for submissions is October 15, 2020