2017 SSSI Award Winners (list) #sssi #sociology

2017 SSSI Award Committees


The George Herbert Mead Award

Winners: Will and Deborah van den Hoonaard


The George Herbert Mead Award is given annually to recognize a scholar’s career contributions to the field of symbolic interactionism. Submit nominating letters and relevant materials by March 31, 2017.

Committee Chair: David Snow


Michael Dellwing


Vessela Misheva



Charles Horton Cooley Book Award

Winners: Norbert Wiley, Inner Speech and the Dialogical Self, and Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, The Color of Love

 The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction announces its call for nominations for the 2017 Charles Horton Cooley Book Award. This award is given annually to an author for a book that represents an important contribution to the perspective of symbolic interaction. To be eligible for the 2017 award, a nominated book should have a publication date between 2014 and 2016. Previously nominated works within this three-year publication period remain eligible but must be re-nominated. Please send nominating letters and copies of books to all three committee members by March 31, 2017.

Committee chair: Matt Hughey

Department of Sociology

University of Connecticut

344 Mansfield Road, Unit 1068

Manchester Hall

Storrs, CT  06269


Jesse Smith

41525 Pheasant Street

Mattawan, MI 49071


Natalia Ruiz-Junco

7030-H Haley

Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work

Auburn University,

Auburn AL 36849-5049



The Herbert Blumer Award

Winner: Andrea Laurent-Simpson, for “Considering Alternate Sources of Role Identity: Childless Parents and Their Animal ‘Kids’.” 

 The Herbert Blumer Award is presented annually to the author of the best graduate student paper in the tradition of symbolic interaction. To be eligible for this award, authors must be enrolled in a graduate program. Those who have been awarded a Ph.D. prior to May 2014 are not eligible. Submitted papers cannot have been accepted for publication at the time of this submission, although papers under review may be submitted. The winner of this award may submit the paper for publication in any appropriate journal, including but not limited to Symbolic Interaction. Submit papers by March 31, 2017.

Committee Chair: Jessica Burke


Patti Adler


Amanda Shigihara




Helena Lopata Mentor Excellence Award

Winner: Eviatar Zerubavel 

The relationship between a student and a faculty member can have a profound, lifelong influence on both parties. Likewise, established and accomplished teacher-scholars can serve equally influential and encouraging roles for junior colleagues and provide crucial support for early and midcareer transitions. In sum, the mentoring relationship inspires, gives confidence, and culminates in valuable collegial relationships. The effective mentor serves as advisor, teacher, advocate, and role model. The SSSI Helena Lopata Mentor Excellence Award recognizes these important contributions to our society and craft. Nominees must be members of SSSI to be eligible for this award. We seek nominees who show evidence of:

  • a sustained career as a beneficial role model;
  • a sustained record of mentoring students and junior colleagues in acquiring the skills and resources necessary for career success;
  • promoting successful and timely completion of students’ degree programs;
  • supporting attendance and participation at conferences;
  • imparting informed advice relating to career opportunities and choices;
  • establishing opportunities for networking and professional connections;
  • motivating students and junior colleagues about research and teaching activities;
  • helping students and junior colleagues develop a range of talents including skills in research, teaching, professional presentations, writing, preparation of grant and fellowship applications, etc.;
  • integrating students and junior colleagues into the broader culture of the SSSI.

All nominations should include (a) a letter of nomination and, (b) multiple letters of support, ideally from people with different mentoring relations with the candidate, that testify to a sustained career of outstanding mentorship. Submit materials by March 31, 2017.

Committee Chair: Ara Francis



Baptiste Brossard


Marc Eaton



Martha Copp



Early-in-Career Award

Winner: Carrie Sanders


The SSSI Early-In-Career Award Committee recognizes junior scholars’ contribution to the field of symbolic interaction and potential. The award specifically honors those scholars who have made significant contributions within the first ten years since the completion of their PhDs. Nominations are made through support letters sent (by SSSI members) to the chair of the award committee. Support letters should include the following information: the candidate’s most noteworthy research and publications thus far; contributions to symbolic interaction; and the candidate’s CV.

Submit nomination letters and relevant materials by March 31, 2017.

Committee Chair: Ross Haenfler



Karyn Marvasti



Dan Huebner



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2 Interviews with Carl Couch published via the CCCSIR #sssi #sociology

We have added 2 video-taped interviews with Carl Couch to SSSI YouTube Channel. The videos have been distributed via the Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research (CCCSIR). The videos of the interviews can be accessed HERE.

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#SSSI 2017 Annual Meeting – Author meets Critics – Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman #sociology

At this year’s SSSI Annual Meetings in Montreal we had organised an Author meets Critics session. In the session Kathy Charmaz, Natalia Ruiz-Junco, Brandon A. Jackson and Martha Copp discussed with Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman about her book “The Color of Love: Racial Features, Stigma and Socialization in Black Brazilian Families“. The discussion was led by Kathy Charmaz. The lovely photo was taken by the outgoing SSSI President Leslie Irvine.


Christopher Conner’s review of “The Color of Love” was published in Symbolic Interaction Volume 40(3). The review can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

More information about Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman and her work can be found HERE.

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Annual Conference – SSSI 2017 – Final Program

Dear Friends and Colleagues

the Final Program of our conference in Montreal has just been published on our website.

Please follow the link below, have a look at the conference and then join SSSI in Montreal. Beth Montemurro has done a splendid job in putting it together.


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Latest Issue of #SSSI Notes Vol.46(1) – 2017 #sociology

The latest issue of SSSI Notes has been published on our website. Please follow the link below to access the Notes.
Thanks to Will Force for putting the newsletter together once again and to all those of you who have submitted contributions. 

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SSSI NOTES – Newsletter – Call for Contributions 

Hi everyone,
If you have any conference notices, calls for papers, or other announcements that should appear in the next issue of SSSI Notes, please send them to William Force wforce@wne.edu by the end of this week.
If you plan to submit an essay, please limit it to 500 words.
Thank you,

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Reminder – #SSSI Annual Meeting in Montreal (August, 11th to 13th)

Dear SSSI Colleagues:

If you have not yet had a chance to look at the preliminary program for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, I encourage you to do so. You can see it here:


We have a dynamic program, including 37 paper sessions, an Author-Meets-Critics session focused on Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman’s book, The Color of Love Racial Features, Stigma, and Socialization in Black Brazilian Families, (University of Texas Press, 2015), and the Distinguished lecture “The Past, Present and Future of G. H. Mead in Symbolic Interactionism,” given by Dr. Jean-François Côté, Université du Québec à Montréal. We also will have a workshop: “Using Grounded Theory for Social Justice Research,” given by: Dr. Kathy Charmaz, Sonoma State University, and featuring special presentations: “Grounded Theory Coding.” Dr. Linda Liska Belgrave, University of Miami “Pragmatist and Interactionist Perspectives on Social Justice.” Dr. Melinda Milligan, Sonoma State University.

The workshop is free for registered meeting participants, but you must sign up in advance.


There will also be a welcome reception on Friday evening. Our banquet and awards ceremony will be Saturday evening, following the distinguished lecture presentation.


To register, purchase banquet tickets, and sign-up for the “Using grounded theory for social justice research workshop,” go to:



Please register in advance and purchase banquet tickets in advance! Also, to make hotel reservations at the beautiful Omni Mont-Royal, please click here:


Reservations must be made by JULY 16, 2017 to receive the group rate.

Look forward to seeing you in Montreal.


Beth Montemurro


Beth Montemurro, Ph.D. Vice-President, Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction Professor of Sociology Penn State University, Abington 1600 Woodland Road Abington, PA 19001 215-881-7566 eam15@psu.edu


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