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Sex and Gender Awards

The Sex and Gender Section sponsors a number of awards for outstanding scholarship. We are pleased to announce the following distinguished contributions to the field. Information about applying for the 2013 awards is below. Previous winners are archived here.

2012 Award Winners


Jennifer Carlson, University of California, Berkeley
"The Equalizer? Guns, Gender, and the Politics of Vulnerability"

Alongside a large body of literature on how crime and crime control reproduce racial inequality, less attention has been paid to how the social construction of crime reproduces masculine privilege. I examine interviews with 71 in-depth interviews with gun advocates, who actively promote guns to women despite previous literature suggesting that gun politics is premised on patriarchy and masculine protectionism. To explain this disjuncture, I propose a framework of vulnerability politics, defined as a form of politics that recuperates and reproduces privilege and inequality through universalistic discourses. Using this framework, I show that gun advocates promote guns in universalistic terms but construct crime from a masculine perspective. In doing so, they misrecognize the specificities of domestic violence, marginalizing women’s experiences. As such, I argue that gun advocates reproduce masculine privilege not through patriarchal domination but through the social construction of crime.


Jennifer Utrata, University of Puget Sound
"Youth Privilege: Doing Age and Gender in Russia's Single-Mother Families" in Gender & Society 25 (5): 616-641

Relative to gender, race, and class, age relations are undertheorized. Yet age, like gender, is routinely accomplished in daily life. Grandmothers and adult daughters simultaneously do age and gender as they support one another in managing paid work and domestic responsibilities. Drawing on ethnographic data and interviews with 90 single mothers and 30 grandmothers (babushki) in Russia, I explore intergenerational negotiations for support. Both single mothers and grandmothers are held accountable for doing gendered age, but labor and marriage markets tip the balance in favor of single mothers. Single mothers recreate youth privilege, finding their lives simpler with a babushka. Some grandmothers embrace newer discourses of femininity, challenging assumptions about age and family status that oblige them to perform care work. But most grandmothers do whatever they can to help daughters, feeling more dependent than ever on them because of the uncertainties of capitalism and the state's retrenchment. I contribute to theories of age and gender intersectionality by making visible both single mothers' youth privilege and grandmothers' unpaid, often devalued, care work.


Mignon R. Moore, University of California, Los Angeles
Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships, and Motherhood Among Black Women

Mignon R. Moore brings to light the family life of a group that has been largely invisible-gay women of color-in a book that challenges long-standing ideas about racial identity, family formation, and motherhood. Drawing from interviews and surveys of one hundred black gay women in New York City, Invisible Families explores the ways that race and class have influenced how these women understand their sexual orientation, find partners, and form families. In particular, the study looks at the ways in which the past experiences of women who came of age in the 1960s and 1970s shape their thinking, and have structured their lives in communities that are not always accepting of their openly gay status. Overturning generalizations about lesbian families derived largely from research focused on white, middle-class feminists, Invisible Families reveals experiences within black American and Caribbean communities as it asks how people with multiple stigmatized identities imagine and construct an individual and collective sense of self.

Information about the 2013 Awards


The 2013 Sex and Gender Distinguished book Award Committee is currently accepting nominations of outstanding and innovative books published in 2010, 2011, or 2012. The award honors those who make a significant contribution to the field of sex and gender through a book on the cutting edge of sociological inquiry. Self-nominations are acceptable, and authors need not be sociologists. Edited collections are ineligible; and nominations from publishers will not be accepted. To nominate a book for this award:
1) Please send a two-page letter via email explaining how the book makes a significant contribution to the sociology of sex and gender to the Committee’s Chair, Kristen Schilt (, and 2) notify the book publisher to send copies of the books by February 1, 2013 to the chair and all the committee members. Contact information for all committee members is below. Please note that the nomination deadline for this award is February 1, 2013.

Have published send books to each person listed below:

Kristen Schilt
University of Chicago
1126 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Kemi Balogun
420 N Harvard Ave
Pomona College
Department of Sociology
Claremont CA 91711

Tey Meadow
Society of Fellows
Princeton University
Joseph Henry House
Princeton, NJ 08540

Peter Hennen
Ohio State Newark
Department of Sociology
1179 University Drive
Newark, OH 43055

Amy C. Wilkins
Department of Sociology
Ketchum 205A UCB 327
Boulder, CO 80309

Kristen Schilt (chair),
Kemi Balogun,
Peter Hennen,
Tey Meadow,
Amy Wilkins,


Contact information: Mignon R. Moore, UCLA,
Deadline:  February 15 2013

Description of Award: The 2013 Sex and Gender Distinguished Article Award Committee is currently accepting nominations of outstanding and innovative articles or book chapters published in 2010, 2011, or 2012.The award honors those who make a significant contribution to the field of sex and gender through an article or book chapter on the cutting edge of sociological inquiry. Authors need not be sociologists, and articles may be published in journals associated with disciplines other than sociology. Self-nominations are acceptable. To nominate a particular article or book chapter for this award, please submit a one-page letter explaining why the article makes a significant contribution to the sociology of sex and gender, along with an electronic version of the article/chapter to the award committee's chair, Mignon R. Moore, at In the subject line of your email please type "NOMINATION FOR SEX & GENDER ARTICLE AWARD." While not a requirement, we encourage nominees to become members of ASA's Sex and Gender section. Nomination deadline is February 15th, 2013.

Mignon Moore (chair),
Kristen Barber,
Lauren Joseph,
Stephanie Otte,
Robert Wyrod,


Papers are currently being accepted for the 2013 Sally Hacker Graduate Student Paper Award. The paper should deal with a theoretical issue or empirical problem important to the field of sex and gender and should be based on a dissertation that is still in progress or was completed and approved no earlier than February 2012. Papers should be journal length (35 pages maximum.) Self-nominations are acceptable. Please send a letter of nomination and an electronic version of the paper to the Committee Chair, Abby Ferber, at Nomination deadline is February 15, 2013.

Abby Ferber (chair),
Orit Avishai (2nd yr of term),
Catherine (Cati) Connell (2nd yr of term),
Fareen Parvez (1st yr of term),
Smitha Radhakrishnan (1st yr of term),


The Sex and Gender Section seeks nominations for the Feminist Scholar-Activist Award, established in 2010 to recognize and honor scholars who have used feminist research and strategies to foster social change in public understandings and treatments of gender.Nominees may have contributed to a range of efforts, including (but not limited to) critically engaged pedagogy, community-based or participatory research, translational work, advocacy research, media campaigns, and grassroots organizing. Scholar-activist efforts may be local, regional, national, or international. To nominate a feminist scholar-activist for the Feminist Scholar-Activist Award, please submit a letter of nomination, a copy of the nominee‘s vita, one additional supporting letter, and any additional relevant supporting material you wish to include to the Award Committee Chair, Shelley Correll (Professor of Sociology, Stanford University; Nomination deadline is February 15, 2013.


Shelley Correll (chair),
Christobel Asiedu,
Monisha Dasgupta,
Tugce Ellialti,
Michael Messner,

ASA Awards

Each year the ASA presents several awards. To learn more about these awards, visit the ASA Major Awards page.

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