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Recipients of Section Awards

Distinguished Book Award

2013 - Robert Bellah, Religion in Human Evolution (Harvard University Press, 2011).

2012 - Susan Crawford Sullivan, Living Faith: Everyday Religion and Mothers in Poverty (University of Chicago Press, 2011).

2012 Honorable Mention - Pyong Gap Min, Preserving Ethnicity through Religion in America:  Korean Protestants and Indian Hindus Across Generations (NYU Press, 2010).

2011 - Courtney Bender, Columbia University, The New Metaphysicals: Spirituality and the American Religious Imagination (University of Chicago Press, 2011).

2010 - Co-Winners - Melissa M. Wilcox, Whitman College, Queer Women and Religious Individualism (Indiana University Press, 2009).

- John R. Hall, University of California, Davis Apocalypse: From Antiquity to the Empire of Modernity (Polity, 2009).

2009 - Kelly Chong, University of Kansas, Deliverance and Submission: Evangelical Women and the Negotiation of Patriarchy in South Korea (Harvard University Press, 2008).

2009 - Honorable Mentions - Prema Kurien, Syracuse University, A Place at the Multicultural Table: The Development of an American Hinduism (Rutgers University Press, 2007).

- Melissa Wilde, University of Pennsylvania, Vatican II: A Sociological Analysis of Religious Change (Princeton University Press, 2007).

2008 - Co-Winners - Anthony Gill, University of Washington, The Political Origins of Religious Liberty (Cambridge University Press).

- David Smilde, University of Georgia, Reason to Believe: Cultural Agency in Latin American Evangelicalism (University of California Press).

2007 - Co-Winners - Mansoor Moaddel, Eastern Michigan University, Islamic Modernism, Nationalism, and Fundamentalism: Episode and Discourse (University of Chicago Press)

- Geneviève Zubrzycki, University of Michigan, The Crosses of Auschwitz: Nationalism and Religion in Post-Communist Poland (University of Chicago Press).

2006 - Mark Chaves, Congregations in America (Harvard University Press).

2006 - Penny Edgell, Religion and Family in a Changing Society (Princeton University Press).

2005 - Nancy Tatom Ammerman, Pillars of Faith: American Congregations and Their Partners (University of Chicago Press).

2004 - Phillip S. Gorski, The Disciplinary Revolution: Calvinism and the Rise of the State in Early Modern Europe (University of Chicago Press).

2002 - John H. Evans, Playing God: Human Genetic Engineering and the Rationalization of Public Bioethical Debate (University of Chicago Press).

2001 - Rodney Stark and Roger Finke, Acts of Faith: Explaining the Human Side of Religion (University of California Press).

2000 - Penny Edgell Becker, Congregations in Conflict: Cultural Models of Local Religious Life (Cambridge University Press).

1999 - Lutz Kaelber, Schools of Asceticism: Ideology and Organization in Medieval Religious Communities (Pennsylvania State University Press).

1998 - Lynn Rapaport, Jews in Germany After the Holocaust: Memory, Identity, and Jewish-German Relations (Cambridge University Press).

1997 - Paul Numrich, Old Wisdom in the New World: Americanization in Two Immigrant Theravada Buddhist Temples (University of Tennessee Press).

Distinguished Article Award

2013 - Woodberry, Robert D., "The Missionary Roots of Liberal Democracy." Political Science Reveiw (106:2, 244-74).

2012 - Nicholas Vargas and Matthew Loveland, "Befriending the 'Other':  Patterns of Social Ties between the Religious and Non-Religious."  Sociological Perspectives (54:4, 713-731).

2011 - Douglas Marshall, U. of South Alabama, "Temptation, Tradition, and Taboo: A Theory of Sacralization," Sociological Theory (28:1, March 2010).

2010 - Nancy K. Davis, DePauw University, and Robert V. Robinson, Indiana University, "Overcoming Movement Obstacles by the Religiously Orthodox: The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Shas in Israel, Communione e Liberazione in Italy, and the Salvation Army in the United States" American Journal of Sociology (114: 1302-49, 2009).

2009 - Brian J. Grim and Roger Finke, "Religious Persecution in Cross-National Context: Clashing Civilizations or Regulated Religious Economies?" American Sociological Review (72:633-658, 2007).

2008 - Kelly H. Chong, "Negotiating Patriarchy: South Korean Evangelical Women and the Politics of Gender," Gender and Society (20:697-724, 2006).

2007 - Nancy Davis and Robert Robinson, "The Egalitarian Face of Islamic Orthodoxy: Support for Islamic Law and Economic Justice in Seven Muslim-Majority Nations," American Sociological Review (71:167-190, 2006).

2006 - Fenggang Yang, "The Red, Black, and Gray Markets of Religion in China," The Sociological Quarterly, (Vol. 47, No. 1, pp. 93-122, 2006).

2005 - Prema Kurien, "Multiculturalism, Immigrant Religion, and Diasporic Nationalism: The Development of an American Hinduism," Social Problems, (Vol. 51, No. 3, pp. 362-385, 2004).

2004 (co-winners) - David Smilde, "Skirting the Instrumental Paradox: Intentional Belief Through Narrative in Latin American Pentecostalism," Qualitative Sociology, (26: 313-329, Fall 2003).

- Robert Wuthnow, Conrad Hackett and Becky Yang Hsu, "The Effectiveness and Trustworthiness of Faith-based and Other Service Organizations: A Study of Recipients' Perceptions." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, (43: 1-17, March 2004).

2002 - Mansoor Moaddel, "Conditions for ideological production: The origins of Islamic modernism in India, Egypt, and Iran." Theory And Society , (30: 669-731, 2000).

2001 - Brian Steensland, Jerry Z. Park, Mark D. Regnerus, Lynn D. Robinson, W. Bradford Wilcox, and Robert D. Woodberry, "The Measure of American Religion: Toward Improving the State of the Art." Social Forces, (September, 2000).

2000 - Rhys Williams, "Visions of the Good Society and the Religious Roots of American Political Culture." Sociology of Religion, 60 (Spring, 1999):1-34.

1999 - Mark D. Regnerus and Christian Smith, "Selective Deprivatization Among American Religious Traditions: The Reversal of the Great Reversal." Social Forces 76 (June, 1998):1347-1372.

1998 - Randall Collins, "An Asian Route to Capitalism: Religious Economy and the Origins of Self-Transforming Growth in Japan." American Sociological Review 62 (December, 1997):843-865.

1997 - Paula D. Nesbitt, "First- and Second-Career Clergy: Influences of Age and Gender on the Career-Stages Paradigm." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 34 (June, 1995):152-171.

Graduate Student Paper Award

2013 - Co-Winners - Jeffry Guhin, "Why Worry?: Evolution and Narrative Path Dependence in Sunni and Evangelical High Schools."

- Jaime Kucinskas, "From Buddhist-Inspired Meditation to Mindfulness as a Secular Panacea: How Meditation Moves."

2012 - Nicholas Vargas, "Retrospective Accounts of Religious Disaffiliation in the U.S.: Stressors, Skepticism, and Political Factors." Sociology of Religion ( 73:2, 200-223).

2011 - Shane Sharp, University of Wisconsin at Madison, "How Does Prayer Help Manage Emotions?" Social Psychological Quarterly (73:4, December 2010).

- Honorable Mention - Ruth Braunstein, New York University, "Liberal Religious Advocates and the Challenges of Public Communication: Storytelling as Religio-Political Performace,"

2010 - Z. Fareen Parvez, University of California- Berkely, "Debating the Burqa in France: The Antipolitics of Islamic Revival."

2009 - Phillip Connor, Princeton University, “Contexts of Immigrant Receptivity and Immigrant Religious Outcomes: The Case of Muslims in Western Europe.” Presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.

2008 - J. Shane Sharp, University of Wisconsin at Madison, "Escaping Symbolic Entrapment."

2007 - Christopher Scheitle, Pennsylvania State University, "Organizational Niches and Religious Markets: Uniting Two Literatures"

2006 - Christopher P. Scheitle, Pennsylvania State University, "The Social and Symbolic Boundaries of Congregations: An Analysis of Website Links"

2005 - Omar Lizardo and Jessica L. Collett, University of Arizona, "Why Biology is Not (Religious) Destiny: A Second Look at Gender Differences in Religiosity"

2004 - Melinda Denton, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, "Gender and Marital Decision Making: Negotiating Religious Ideology and Practice," Social Forces 32 (June, 2004): 1151-1180.

2002 - Kelly Besecke, "Seeing Invisible Religion: Religion as a Societal Conversation about Transcendent Meaning."

2001 - Rebecca Culyba, "Who Can Find a Virtuous Woman? Gender Ideology and Culture in a Black Holiness Church."

2000 - W. Bradford Wilcox, "Conservative Protestant Childrearing: Authoritarian or Authoritative?"

1999 - Jason Schnittker, "When Is Faith Enough? The Effects of Religious Involvement on Depression."

1998 - Philip Zuckerman, "The Sociology of Religious Schisms: The Call for Theoretical Innovation."



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