Awards 

and

 Distinctions





The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction has five awards that are given to scholars and students to recognize particular achievements.



How to nominate for the SSSI awards?

George Herbert Mead Award

Charles Horton Cooley Book Award

Herbert Blumer Award for Best Graduate Student Paper

2022 Helena Lopata Mentor Excellence Award

The Kathy Charmaz Early-In-Career Award



2022-2023 SSSI Awards


Special thanks to the Carl Couch Family for awarding travel assistance for three students to attend the 2023 SSSI annual meeting:

George Herbert Mead Award


Winner 2023

Michael Flaherty, Professor, Eckerd College





The George Herbert Mead Award Committee is given annually to recognise a scholar’s contribution to the field of symbolic interactionism. Decisions are made by a committee selected by the President of the Society.

The George Herbert Mead Award is given annually to recognize a scholar’s career contributions to the field of symbolic interactionism. 

Mead award nominations should include a letter of nomination from a current member of SSSI, two letters of support, and a current CV.  Nominators will be advised when the Award Committee has made a recommendation to the President, but the actual name will not be announced until the annual General Meeting and will subsequently be posted online.


Charles Horton Cooley Book Award


Winners 2023

Corte, Ugo. 2022. Dangerous Fun: The Social Lives of Big Wave Surfers. University of Chicago Press.


Honorable mention goes to:

Hannem, Stacey and Christopher J. Schneider. 2022. Defining Sexual Misconduct: Power, Media, and #MeToo. University of Regina Press.





The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction announces its call for nominations for the 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 award, a nominated book should have a publication date between the three years preceding publication. Previously nominated works within this three-year publication period remain eligible but must be re-nominated.

Nomination deadline: March 4, 2022. Copies of the books must be received by the committee by the deadline. If you are submitting a nomination for the Cooley Award, please ensure that you contact the publisher as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for copies of the books reach the committee. Electronic copies are permitted and are preferable where shipping will cause delays.  Nominated books must have been published within the three preceding years of the award (i.e. between March 2019 and March 2022).


Herbert Blumer Award for Best Graduate Student Paper


Winner 2023

Yuchen Yang (2022). "The Art Worlds of Gender Performance: Cosplay, Embodiment, and the Collective Accomplishment of Gender," The Journal of Chinese Sociology, 9(9).



2022 Helena Lopata Mentor Excellence Award


Winners 2023

Doug Schrock, Florida State University



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:

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.


The Kathy Charmaz Early-In-Career Award


Winner 2023

Chris Connor, University of Missouri



The SSSI Early-In-Career Award Committee recognizes junior scholars’ contributions 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.

This year, we are honored to rename the Early-in-Career award in memory of our dear colleague, Professor Kathy Charmaz (1939-2020), whose scholarship and generous mentorship of young scholars will have a lasting impact on the field of symbolic interaction.


SSSI Annual Meetings Distinguished Lecturers


2023