- 2015: Co-winners: Katrina Kimport, Queering Marriage. Rutgers University Press & Edward T. Walker, Grassroots for Hire. Cambridge University Press.
- 2014: Isaac William Martin. Rich People’s Movements: Grassroots Campaigns to Untax the One Percent (Oxford University Press, 2013).
Honorable Mention: David Cunningham. Klansville, U.S.A.: The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights-Era Ku Klux Klan (Oxford University Press, 2013).
- 2013: Kathleen Blee, Democracy in the Making. (Committee report). Honorable Mention: Guillermo Trejo, Popular Movements in Autocracies: Religion, Repression and Indigenous Collective Action in Mexico.
- 2012: Drew Halfmann. Doctors and Demonstrators: How Political Institutions Shape Abortion Law in the United States, Britain, and Canada.
- 2011: William Roy. Reds, Whites and Blues: Social Movements, Folk Music, and Race in the United States (Princeton University Press, 2010)
- 2010: Javier Auyero and Débora Alejandra Swistun, Flammable: Environmental Suffering in an Argentine Shantytown. and Nancy Whittier, The Politics of Child Sexual Abuse: Emotion, Social Movements, and the State.
- 2009: Maren Klawiter, The Biopolitics of Breast Cancer: Changing Cultures of Disease and Activism.
- 2008: Roger Karapin, Protest Politics in Germany: Movements on the Left and Right Since the 1960s.
- 2007: Francesca Polletta, It Was Like a Fever: Storytelling in Protest and Politics.
- 2006: Gene Burns, The Moral Veto: Framing Contraception, Abortion, and Cultural Pluralism in the United States.
- 2005: Kenneth T. Andrews. 2004. ‘Freedom is a Constant Struggle’: The Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and Its Legacy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
- 2004: Myra Marx Ferree, William Anthony Gamson, Jürgen Gerhards, and Dieter Rucht. Shaping Abortion Discourse: Democracy and the Public Sphere in Germany and the United States.
- 2003: Francesca Polletta, Freedom is an Endless Meeting.
- 2002: Jeff Goodwin, No Other Way Out: States and Revoluntionary Movements, 1945-1991 and Dingxin Zhao, The Power of Tiananmen: State-Sociecty Relations and the 1989 Beijing Student Movement.
- 2001: Not given.
- 2000: Rebecca Klatch, A Generation Divided.
- 1999: Not Listed.
- 1998: Nicola Beisel, Imperiled Innocents: Anthony Comstock and Family Reproduction in Victorian America.
- 1996: Charles Tilly, Popular Contention in Great Britain: 1754-1837.
- 1994: Clark McPhail, The Myth of the Madding Crowd.
- 1992: Sidney Tarrow, Democracy & Disorder: Protest & Politics in Italy, 1965-1975.
- 1990: Rick Fantasia, Cultures of Solidarity: Consciousness, Action, & Contemporary American Workers and Doug McAdam, Freedom Summer.
- 1988: John Lofland, Protest: Studies of Collective Behavior and Social Movements.
Mayer Zald Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award: This award was established in 1992. The section chose to present one award each year, giving the Student Award in odd-numbered years and the Book Award in even-numbered years.
- 2015: Robert Braun, “Religious Minorities and Resistance to Genocide: The Collective Rescue of Jews in the Netherlands during the Holocaust.”Honorable mention: Aliza Rebecca Luft, “Toward a Dynamic Theory of Action at the Micro-Level of Genocide: Killing, Desistance, and Saving in 1994 Rwanda.”
- 2014: Jonathan Horowitz . “Oh, the Places I’ll Go! Possible Selves, Persistence Narratives, and Activist Identity.”
- 2013: Mohammad Ali Kadivar, “Opportunities, Perception Profiles, and Alliances in the Iranian Reform Movement, 1997-2005.” Honorable Mention: Tarun Banerjee, “Media, Movements, and Mobilization: Tea Party Protests in the U.S., 2009-2010” and Daniel S. Blocq, “Formation of Armed Self-Defense Groups during Civil Wars.” (Committee report)
- 2012: Hiroe Saruya, “The Rise of Japan’s First New Left: Bourdieusian Field Dynamics and the Emergence of Movement Organizations.”
- 2011: Joshua Bloom, UCLA. “Insurgent Influence on Truman’s Civil Rights Policy: A Theoretically Informed Event Structure Analysis.”
- 2010: Lauren Joseph, “From the ‘Gayborhood’ to the Small Town: LGBT Pride Organizations and the Mobilization of Resources, Culture, and Symbolic Capital.”
- 2009: Matthew S. Williams, “Strategizing against Sweatshops: Ideology, Strategic Models, and Innovation in the U.S. Anti-Sweatshop Movement.”
- 2008: Rachel Kutz-Flamenbaum, “Strategic Dilemmas in Organizational Frame Selection and Audience Frame Preference in Women’s Peace Organizing”
- 2007: Dan Lainer-Vos, “Social Movements and Citizenship: Conscientious Objection in France, the United States, and Israel.” Mobilization 11(3): 277-295.
- 2006: Rachel Meyer, “Constituency and Emotion in Collective Action: Sources of Working-Class Identity and Activism.”
- 2005: Erich Steinman.
- 2004: Robert S. Jansen, “Resurrection and Reappropriation: Political Uses of Historical Figures in Comparative Perspective.” Honorable mention: Vanessa Barker, “Politics of Pain: State Governance, Moral Protest, and the Varied Impacts of Social Movements.”
- 2003: Julie Stewart, “When Local Troubles Become Transnational Issues: A Study of an Indigenous Rights Movement in Guatemala.”
- 2002: Deana A. Rohlinger, “Movement-Countermovement Dynamics in the Abortion Debate: An Examination of Media Coverage Outcome”
- 2001: John Krinsky, “The Relational Dynamics of Claim-Making in New York City’s Workfare Politics.”
- 2000: Gary Bologh, “Learning from Populism:Narrative Analysis and Social Movement Consciousness.”
- 1999: Not given.
- 1998: Ira Silver, “Buying and Activist Identity: Reproducing Class through Social Movement Philanthropy.”
- 1997: Mary Bernstein, “Celebration and Suppression: The Strategic Uses of Identity by the Lesbian and Gay Movement.”
- 1996: Kenneth T. Andrews, “The Civil Rights Movement and Black Electoral Politics in Mississippi, 1960-1984.”
- 1993: Jackie Smith, “Transnational Political Processes and the Human Rights Movement.”
Best Published Article Award
- 2015: Rory McVeigh, David Cunningham, and Justin Farrell. 2014. “Political Polarization as a Social Movement Outcome: 1960s Klan Activism and Its Enduring Impact on Political Realignment in Southern Counties, 1960 to 2000.” American Sociological Review. Honorable Mention: Guillermo Trejo. 2014. “The Ballot and the Street: An Electoral Theory of Social Protest in Autocracies.” Perspectives on Politics.
- 2014: Doron Shultziner. “The Social-Psychological Origins of the Montgomery Bus Boycott: Social Interaction and Humiliation in the Emergence of Social Movements.” Mobilization 18(2).
Honorable Mention: Genevieve Zubrzycki. “Aesthetic Revolt and the Remaking of National Identity in Québec.” Theory and Society 42: 423-475.
- 2013: Kevan Harris. 2012. “The Brokered Exuberance of the Middle Class: An Ethnographic Analysis of Iran’s 2009 Green Movement,” Mobilization 17(4): 435-55.
Honorable Mention: Hyojoung Kim and Steven Pfaff. 2012. “Structure and Dynamics of Religious Insurgency: Students and the Spread of the Reformation,” American Sociological Review 77(2): 188-215. (Committee Report)
- 2012: Amin Ghaziani and Delia Baldassarri. 2011. “Cultural Anchors and the Organization of Differences: A Multi-method Analysis of LGBT Marches on Washington,” American Sociological Review 76(2): 179-206.
- 2011: Robert W. White: 2010. “Structural Identity Theory and the Post-Recruitment Activism of Irish Republicans: Persistence, Disengagement, Splits, and Dissidents in Social Movement Organizations.” Social Problems 57(3): 341-370.
- 2010: Not given.
- 2009: Elizabeth A. Armstrong and Mary Bernstein. 2008. “Culture, Power, and Institutions: A Multi-Institutional Politics Approach to Social Movements.” Sociological Theory 26(1): 74-99.
- 2008: Caroline Lee. 2007. “Is There a Place for Private Conversation in Public Dialogue?” American Journal of Sociology 113(1): 41-96.
- 2007: Elizabeth A. Armstrong and Suzanna M. Crage. 2006. “Movements and Memory: The Making of the Stonewall Myth.” American Sociological Review 71: 724-751.
- 2006: Edwin Amenta, Neal Caren, and Sheera Joy Olasky. 2005. “Age for leisure? Political Mediation and the Impact of the Pension Movement on US Old-Age Policy.” American Sociological Review 70: 516-538.
- 2005: Not given.
- 2004: Paul Almeida. 2003. “Opportunity Organizations and Threat-Induced Contention: Protest Waves in Authoritarian Settings.” American Journal of Sociology 109(2): 345-400.
- 2003. Bert Useem and Jack A. Goldstone. 2002. “Forging Social Order and Its Breakdown: Riot and Reform in U.S. Prisons.” 67: 499-525.
- 2002: Steven Pfaff and Guobin Yang. 2001. “Double-edged Rituals and the Symbolic Resources of Collective Action: Political Commemorations and the Mobilization of Protest in 1989.” Theory and Society 30: 539-589.
Exceptional Service award
2003: Hank Johnston