The Herbert Blumer Graduate Student Paper Award

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.

The Winner of the 2018 Herbert Blumer Graduate Student Paper Award is Stephanie Peña-Alves (Rutgers University) for her paper “Say it with Doors: Object-Mediated Communication in Everyday Life”.


2018 Committee



Daina Harvey (


Andrea Laurent-Simpson (

Tian Xiaoli (


A list of previous winners of the award can be found HERE.