Awards & Grants

Did you know…….??
  •    Last year, MSS awarded more than $35,000 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

The MSS:
  • 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 for the various awards and grants below. Questions? Contact the executive office by email.


Competitive Awards for Professionals

Annual Jane Addams Outstanding Service Award 
Nominations due November 1, 2022
Award Application Details  

Annual MSS Distinguished Book Award
Nominations due October 31, 2022
Award Application Details

Biennial Early Career Scholarship Award**
Nominations due November 15, 2023 (awarded Spring 2024)
Award Application Details

*The Early Career Scholarship Award is given at the annual meeting in years ending in an even number: 2016, 2018, 2020, etc.

Competitive Awards for Students

Student Paper Competition
sample cover page | sample paper
Papers due Jan. 15, 2022
Competition Guidelines and Details

Grants for Professionals

Grants for Research
Applications accepted Jan. 15 – Feb. 15 only
Application Details

Travel Grants for Contingent Faculty and Sociology Practitioners
Applications Due: February 15
Application Details


Travel Grants

Student Travel Grants
Applications Due: February 1 March 1, 2023
Application Details

Apply here

Grants for Grass-Roots Organizations in Support of Social Action

MSS 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.

Nominations due December 1, annually

Nomination Details



Click here for a list of professional awardees since 2008.

MSS Distinguished Book Award


Upsold: Real Estate Agents, Prices, and Neighborhood Inequality
The University of Chicago Press, 2020
Max Besbris, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Legal Passing: Navigating Undocumented Life and Local Immigration Law
University of California Press, 2019
Angela S. García, University of Chicago


Lesson Plans: The Institutional Demands of Becoming a Teacher 
Rutgers University Press, 2018
Judson G. Everitt, Loyola University Chicago

Modernity and the Jews in Western Social Thought 
University of Chicago Press, 2017
Chad Goldberg, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Engines of Anxiety: Academic Rankings, Reputation, and Accountability
The Russell State Foundation, 2016
Michael Sauder, University of Iowa, and Wendy Espeland, Northwestern University

Honorable Mention
Connecting in College: How Friendship Networks Matter for Academic and Social Success
University of Chicago Press, 2016
Janice McCabe, Dartmouth College

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

Honorable Mentions:
Organizing Organic: Conflict and Compromise in an Emerging Market
Stanford University Press
Michael Haedicke, Drake University

Engines of Anxiety: Academic Rankings, Reputation, and Accountability
The Russell State Foundation
Michael Sauder, University of Iowa, and Wendy Espeland, Northwestern University

Friends Disappear: The Battle for Racial Equality in Evanston
The University of Chicago Press
Mary Barr, Clemson University

Chicago Hustle and Flow: Gangs, Gangsta Rap, and Social Class
University of Minnesota Press
Dr. Geoff Harkness, Morningside College


MSS The Sociological Quarterly Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award

2021 - Mehr Latif, Kathleen Blee, Matthew DeMichele, Pete Simi & Shayna Alexander, for their article, "Why White Supremacist Women Become Disillusioned, and Why They Leave." (63:1); Honorable Mention: Gretchen Arnold, "The Case of Nuisance Laws and Intimate Partner Violence in the United States" (60:1)  
2019 - Dr. Meghan Burke, Illinois Wesleyan University, for her article, "Racing Left and Right: Color-Blind Racism’s Dominance across the U.S. Political Spectrum."
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

2022 - Celeste Campos-Castillo, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2018 - Andrea Nichols, Washington University in St. Louis
2016 - Meghan Burke, Illinois Wesleyan University
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 Jane Addams Outstanding Service Award

2022 - Gina Petonito, Founding Member of "Writing YOUR Way LLC"
2021 - Enid Logan, University of Minnesota
2020 - Jennifer Edwards, Northeastern State University
2018 - Bobbi Knapp, Dept of Kinesiology, Southern Illinois University
2016 – Dr. Aditi Mitra, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, for her work with American Association of University Women (AAUW)