Section Awards


I am delighted to congratulate the winners of this year’s section awards. I also want to sincerely thank the members of each award committee listed below for their terrific work.

Sociology of Development Section Book Award

•             Co-winner: Ching Kwan Lee, The Specter of Global China: Politics, Labor, and Foreign Investment in Africa

•             Co-winner: Erin Beck,  How Development Projects Persist: Everyday Negotiations with Guatemalan NGOs

•             Book Award Committee: Rina Agarwala (Chair), Fauzia Ahmed, William J. Haller, Diana Mincyte, Enrique Pumar

Sociology of Development Section Faculty Article Award

•             Winner: McDonnell, Erin M. 2017.  “Patchwork Leviathan: How Pockets of Bureaucratic Governance Flourish within Institutionally Diverse Developing States.” American Sociological Review 82(3): 476-510.

•             Honorable Mention: Tuğal, Cihan. 2017. “The Uneven Neoliberalization of Good Works: Islamic Charitable Fields and Their Impact on Diffusion.” American Journal of Sociology 123(2): 426-464.

•             Article Award Committee: Poulami Roychowdhury (Chair), Maria Akchurin, Richard Lachmann, Michael Levien

Sociology of Development Section Graduate Student Paper Award

•             Winner: Joel S Herrera, UCLA, “Cultivating violence: trade liberalization, labor informality, and the Mexican drug trade”

•             Co-Honorable Mention: Alvin A Camba, Johns Hopkins, “The Contentious Politics of Capital: The Political Economy of Chinese Investments in the Philippines

•             Co-honorable Mention: Anjuli N. Fahlberg, Northeastern University, “Activism under Fire: Urban Governance and Citizenship in Rio de Janeiro’s Conflict Zones”

•             Graduate Student Paper Award Committee: Erin McDonnell (Chair), Yao Li, Laura Raynolds, Liam Swiss

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all those who nominated work for consideration.


Jennifer Bair
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
University of Virginia

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