Student Paper Award

Sociology of Consumers and Consumption 

The Sociology of Consumers and Consumption Section Awards recognize outstanding scholarship in the sociology of consumption, broadly defined. This includes subjects dealing with theoretical and/or empirical questions related to consumers, commodities, and/or consumer markets, and engages with a larger body of research on these topics. Submissions for the awards must have consumption as the central focus, but may engage with other disciplines and sub-fields (e.g., sociology of culture, sociology of the body, environmental sociology, political sociology, economic sociology, etc.).


Deadline: Thursday March 31, 2022 

The Sociology of Consumers and Consumption Section Student Paper Award goes to the graduate student paper (published or unpublished) that makes the most thoughtful, competent or innovative analysis of a theoretical or empirical issue bearing upon some aspect of the sociology of consumption. The committee will provide feedback on unpublished paper submissions if students request it directly from the committee members.

Eligibility: The competition is open to both published and unpublished article-length papers (roughly 25 pages in length, not including tables or references) written by a graduate student in the last two years (March 2020-March 2022). Self-nominations are welcome.

Authors must be members of the Consumers and Consumption Section at the time of nomination.
•    Student-faculty collaborations are not accepted.
•    Co-authored papers are permitted, provided all authors are students and the award applicant is the lead author.
•    The applicant-author must be a student at the time the article was accepted for publication (where relevant).
•    Published paper submissions may not be nominated for both Section awards (Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award and Student Paper Award), nor may they be re-submitted for consideration for future years’ awards. Unpublished paper submissions may be nominated for a future award.

To apply: Email a nominating letter that outlines the paper and its significance, along with the paper to each committee member, listed below. Nominations that are not accompanied by a nomination letter will not be considered for the prize. The deadline for receipt of all materials for this award is Thursday March 31, 2022.

  • Laura Miller (Committee Chair), Brandeis University,
  • Ryan Calder, Johns Hopkins University,
  • Alex Hoppe, University of Pennsylvania,
  • Ken Kolb, Furman University,
  • Dustin Stoltz, Lehigh University,

In the subject line of your email please write, Consumers and Consumption Nomination.

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