Did you know…….??
- Last year, MSS gave more than $28,000 in grants and awards to MSS members.
- A history of the professional award winners is here: past winners.
Awards & Grants from the Midwest Sociological Society
- gives awards in several categories of professional service and scholarship,
- sponsors an annual student paper competition with six cash prizes,
- offers small grants to support research by MSS members,
- and provides travel grants to members who are students or adjunct/contingent faculty attending the MSS annual meeting.
Download procedural rules and regulations below. Questions?
Contact the executive office by email.
2017 MSS Request for Proposal
The MSS Board of Directors is accepting proposals for strategic projects that align with the current long range plan and intend to strengthen the organization as a whole. The details about this opportunity can be found at the link below. Proposal deadline is February 17, 2017.
Competitive Awards for Professionals
|Award Title:||Due dates for nominations||Download award application info
|Annual Jane Addams Outstanding Service Award||Nov. 1, 2017||Download pdf|
|Biennial The Sociological Quarterly Award*||Jan. 15, 2018||Download pdf|
|Annual Distinguished Book Award||Oct. 31, 2017||Download pdf|
|Biennial Early Career Scholarship Award**||Nov. 15, 2017||Application info to come|
*The Sociological Quarterly Award is awarded at the annual meeting in years ending in an odd number: 2015, 2017, 2019. etc.
**The Early Career Scholarship Award is given at the annual meeting in years ending in an even number. 2016, 2018, 2020, etc.
Grants for Professionals
|Award Title:||Applications Due
||Link to Download.
|Grants to Support Visiting Scholars/Researchers||SUSPENDED 2015-16||——|
|Grants for Research||Jan. 15 – Feb. 15 only||Download pdf|
|Annual Meeting Travel Grants for Adjunct/Contingent Faculty||Feb. 15, 2017||Download pdf|
Competitive Awards for Students
||Link to Download
|Student Paper Competition
Sample cover page | Sample paper
|Jan. 9, 2017||Paper Competition Guidelines|
Grants for Students
Annual Meeting Travel Grants for Students Application Deadline: March 1, 2017
Application guidelines will be posted January 2017.
Grants for Grass-Roots Organizations in Support of Social Action
MSS also awards two $1000 grants each year to nonprofit organizations doing grassroots work in pursuit of social justice and social change in the MSS geographical area.
Nomination deadline, Dec. 1, 2016. Download pdf.
Opportunities from Other Groups
Occasionally, announcements about professional positions, awards, or opportunities are sent to us by other groups. These are posted at the Jobs & Opportunities page.
Past Award Winners
MSS Distinguished Book Award
Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas
Harvard University Press, 2014
David Cook Martin, Grinnell College, and David Scott Fitzgerald, University of California San Diego
Organizing Organic: Conflict and Compromise in an Emerging Market
Stanford University Press
Engines of Anxiety: Academic Rankings, Reputation, and Accountability
The Russell State Foundation
Wendy Nelson Espeland and Michael Sauder
Friends Disappear: The Battle for Racial Equality in Evanston
The University of Chicago Press
Chicago Hustle and Flow: Gangs, Gangsta Rap, and Social Class
University of Minnesota Press
Dr. Geoff Harkness, Morningside College
Blue Juice: Euthanasia in Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Patricia Morris, Drury University
Lincoln, Inc: Selling the Sixteenth President in Contemporary America
Rowman and Littlefield
Dr. Jackie Hogan, Bradley University
The Paradox of Youth Violence
Lynne Rienner Publishers
Dr. J. William “Jack” Spencer, Purdue University
The Tender Cut
New York University Press
Dr. Patricia A. Adler, University of Colorado, and Dr. Peter Adler, University of Denver
Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11
Temple University Press
Dr. Lori Peek, Colorado State University
Counted Out: Same-Sex Relations and Americans’ Definitions of Family
Russell Sage Foundation.
Dr. Brian Powell, Indiana University, Dr. Catherine Bolzendahl, University of California-Irvine, Dr. Claudia Geist, University of Utah, and Dr. Lala Carr Steelman, University of South Carolina
Deliverance and Submission: Evangelical Women and the Negotiation of Patriarchy in South Korea
Harvard University Asia Center
Dr. Kelly Chong, University of Kansas
Wannabes, Goths, and Christians: The Boundaries of Sex, Style, and Status
University of Chicago Press
Dr. Amy Wilkins, University of Colorado-Boulder
Postindustrial Peasants: The Illusion of Middle-Class Prosperity
Dr. Kevin Leicht, Indiana University & Dr. Scott Fitzgerald, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Black Intimacies: A Gender Perspective on Families and Relationships
Dr. Shirley A. Hill, University of Kansas
MSS The Sociological Quarterly Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award
2017— No award.
2015— No award.
2013— Dr. Aaron M. McCright, Michigan State University, and Dr. Riley E. Dunlap, Oklahoma State University, for their article, “The Politicalization of Climate Change and Polarization in the American Public’s Views of Global Warming, 2001-2010,” published in Vol. 52 (Spring, 2011): 155-94
2011— Dr. Steven H. Lopez, Dr. Randy Hodson, and Dr. Vincent Roscigno, all of Ohio State University, for their article, “Power, Status, and Abuse at Work: General and Sexual Harassment Compared”
2009— Dr. Danny Kaplan, Bar Ilan University, for his article, “Folk Models of Dyadic Male Bonds in Israeli Culture”
MSS Early Career Scholarship Award
2014—Dr. Mary E Campbell, Texas A & M University
2012—Dr. ChangHwan Kim, University of Kansas & Dr. Melissa Walls, University of Minnesota Medical School-Duluth
2010— Dr. Scott Harris, Saint Louis University
2008— Dr. Jennifer Dunn, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale & Dr. Doug Hartmann, University of Minnesota
MSS Departmental Award for Teaching Excellence
2010— Sociology Department of Macalester College
2009— Sociology Department of Augsburg College
MSS Jane Addams Outstanding Service Award
2015—Betty Edwards, Founder, Human Trafficking Task Force of Southern Colorado
2014—Dr. Susan Haworth-Hoeppner, Aquinas College, for her work with Girls Empowering Together
2013—Mytoan Nguyen Akbar, University of Wisconsin Madison, for her work with the Telling Our Stories Across Generations Project
2012—Dr. Meg Wilkes Karraker, University of St. Thomas for her activism on behalf of women and girls
2011—Dr. Andrea Nichols, St. Louis Community College, for her tireless efforts to empower women economically and furthering the study of domestic violence and improving policy
2010— Dr. Ellen Kennedy, University of Minnesota, for finding and directing the Genocide Intervention Network of Minnesota and work with the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota.
2009— Dr. Pamela Forman, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, for working with elementary-aged girls, service to the University of Wisconsin, and her support of the LGBT community in Eau Claire.
2008— Dr. Kathryn Ward, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, for service with women and girls in Bangladesh and for her teaching and research.
2007— Dr. Martha Thompson, Northeastern Illinois University, for her work in the community to empower women and her teaching of feminism and gender at Northeastern Illinois University.