Section Awards


2017 CITAMS William F. Ogburn Career Achievement Award

Winners: Gary T. Marx, MIT (Emeritus),  Senior Career Award;  Jennifer Earl, Professor, The University of Arizona, Mid-Career Award

2017 CITAMS Public Sociology Award 

Winner: Michael Stern, NORC

2017 CITAMS Book Awards


2017 CITAMS Best Paper Award

Winner:  Eran Shor, Arnout van de Rijt, Alex Miltsov, Vivek Kulkarni and Steven Skiena. 2015. “A Paper Ceiling: Explaining the Persistent Underrepresentation of Women in Printed News.” American Sociological Review 80(5):960-84. doi: doi:10.1177/0003122415596999.

2017 CITAMS Paper Award Honorable mention (listed alphabetically):

2017 CITAMS Best Student Paper

Winner: Arvind Karunakaran, PhD Candidate, MIT, “In Cloud We Trust? Normalization of Uncertainties in Online Platform Services.” (currently under peer review).

CITAMS Awards Committees for 2017

William F. Ogburn Career Achievement Award

2017 Selection Committee: Andrea Tapia (chair), Sheila Cotten, Wenhong Chen,  Deana Rohlinger

Book Award

2017 Selection Committee: Wenhong Chen (chair), Heather A. Haveman, Janet Vertesi,

Paper Award

2017 Selection Committee: Deana Rohlinger (chair), Ion Bogdan Vasi,

Student Paper Award

2017 Selection Committee: Jessie Daniels (chair), Matt Rafalow, Grant Blank

Public Sociology Award

2017 Selection Committee: Hiroshi Ono (chair),  Eszter Hargittai, Apryl Williams


*All CITAMS Award Nominees must be members of ASA  (unless they are retired).


2016 CITAMS William F. Ogburn Career Achievement Award

Winners:  Shelia R. Cotten, Michigan State University (Senior Career), Wenhong Chen, University of Texas at Austin (Mid Career)

2016 CITAMS Public Sociology Award 

Winner: Eszter Hargittai, Northwestern University

2016 CITAMS Book Award

Winner: Heather A. Haveman  (2015). Magazines and the Making of America: Modernization, Community, and Print Culture, 1741-1860. Princeton University Press ; Janet Vertesi (2015). Seeing Like a Rover: How Robots, Teams, and Images Craft Knowledge of Mars. University of Chicago Press.

2016 CITAMS Best Paper Award

Winners: Ion Bogdan Vasi, Edward T. Walker, John Johnson and Hui Fen Tan. 2015. “‘No Fracking Way!’ Documentary Film, Discursive Opportunity, and Local Opposition against Hydraulic Fracturing in the United States, 2010 to 2013.” American Sociological Review 80(5): 934-959.

Honorable Mention: Sarah K Cowan, (2014) “Secrets and Misperceptions: The Creation of Self-Fulfilling Illusions” Sociological Science 1: 466-492.

2016 CITAMS Best Student Paper
Winner: Matt Rafalow, “Disciplining Play: Digital Youth Culture as Capital at School


2015 CITASA William F. Ogburn Career Achievement Award

Winner: Grant Blank, Oxford Internet Institute  

From the Award Committee:

Dr. Blank was selected for this award because of his long-term sophisticated, and field-defining contributions to the study of computer and network usage as well as his long-time service and commitment to the section. His rigorous scholarship has been foundational in shaping how we understand how people use information technology, the distributions of usage across countries and socio-demographic groups, and the impacts of information technology usage.

Author Bio:

Dr. Blank is currently Survey Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, where he studies digital media use and its social and cultural implications. He is the author, co-author, or editor of 6 books and almost 50 articles, chapters, and reports. In addition to chairing CITASA, he has been an active section member since the section’s founding. He is also past-President of the Social Science Computing Association. For Dr. Bank’s LinkedIn, see:

2015 CITASA Book Award

Winner: Crawford, Susan. 2013. Captive Audience:  The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. 

From the Award Committee:

Susan Crawford is one of the leading global advocates for a free, open, available internet and Captive Audience is her capstone argument for her causes. Full of data, analysis, history, and passion, this book makes a compelling case for policy choices that expand access to the internet and maintain its free-flowing functionality in the face of forces that push for internet limits and lockdowns. The book has enhanced her stature in notable ways and helped win her a hearing at the highest policy councils. Indeed, 2015 has been the year of important victories for the solutions she promotes in Captive Audience. The year has seen the triumph of her ideas in both the Federal Communication Commission’s “net neutrality” rules and the cancellation of merger discussions between cable TV and internet providers Comcast and Time Warner – a decision made after federal regulators made clear they were giving great weight to the kind of concerns that Captive Audience raised about industry consolidation and diminished competition. Those two decisions will have a powerful impact on the future of the internet and Prof. Crawford’s arguments have been central to those debates. No one has pursued those outcomes longer and more forcefully. And few scholars have provided the context and argumentation more powerfully than Prof. Crawford did in Captive Audience.

Author Bio:

Susan Crawford is a professor at Harvard Law School (July 2015) and a co-director of the Berkman Center. She is the author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, co-author of The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance, and a contributor to’s Backchannel. She served as Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (2009) and co-led the FCC transition team between the Bush and Obama administrations. She also served as a member of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Advisory Council on Technology and Innovation and is now a member of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Broadband Task Force. Ms. Crawford was formerly a (Visiting) Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard’s Kennedy School, a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, and a Professor at the University of Michigan Law School (2008-2010). As an academic, she teaches Internet law and communications law. She was a member of the board of directors of ICANN from 2005-2008 and is the founder of OneWebDay, a global Earth Day for the internet that takes place each Sept. 22. One of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology (2009); IP3 Awardee (2010); one of Prospect Magazine’s Top Ten Brains of the Digital Future (2011); and one of TIME Magazine’s Tech 40: The Most Influential Minds in Tech (2013). Ms. Crawford received her B.A. and J.D. from Yale University. She served as a clerk for Judge Raymond J. Dearie of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and was a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now Wilmer Hale) (Washington, D.C.) until the end of 2002, when she left that firm to enter the legal academy. Susan lives in New York City and Cambridge, MA.

2015 CITASA Paper Award

Winner: Hampton, Goulet, & Albanesius. In Press. “Change in the Social Life of Urban Public Spaces: The Rise of Mobile Phones and Women, and the Decline of Aloneness Over Thirty Years.” Urban Studies.

From the Award Committee:

Americans have become less socially isolated using public spaces than a generation ago, due in part to using mobile devices. The study is based on comparing videos of the same public spaces that William H Whyte’s team filmed in 1969+.  It uses detailed coding from NYC and Philadelphia of the behavior and characteristics of 143,593 observations, then and now. The most dramatic change has been an increase in the proportion of women in public spaces, and a corresponding increase in the tendency of men and women to spend time together in public. The rate of mobile phone use in public is small, especially in groups. Mobile phone use occurs somewhat more often in public spaces where people might otherwise be walking alone. This suggests that mobile phone use is associated with reduced public isolation and with an increased likelihood of lingering in public. We note that The New York Times Magazine has already run a feature story about this research: Mark Oppenheimer, “Technology Is Not Driving Us Apart After All”:

Author Bios:

Keith N. Hampton holds the Endowed Professorship in Communication and Public Policy, is Co-Chair of the Social Media & Society Cluster, and Associate Professor at Rutgers University’s Department of Communication, School of Communication and Information. He is also an affiliate member of the Graduate Faculty in Sociology at Rutgers. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Toronto in sociology, and a B.A. in sociology from the University of Calgary. Before joining the faculty at Rutgers, he was an assistant professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, and Assistant Professor and Class of ’43 Chair in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests focus on the relationship between new information and communication technologies, social networks, democratic engagement, and the urban environment.

Lauren Sessions Goulet leads research at TripAdvisor. Prior to joining TripAdvisor, she was a user experience researcher and then research manager at Facebook. She finished her PhD at The Annenberg School for Communication at The University of Pennsylvania in 2012. She is a mixed methods social media researcher. In her role at Facebook, she used a variety of research methods to understand Facebook use and inform product design and product marketing. At Penn, she focused on how social media use affects social network characteristics (e.g. size, composition, and access to social capital). She has published various articles on these topics. Advised by Dr. Keith N. Hampton, her dissertation examined the relationship between social network sites, social capital, and geography.

Garrett Albanesius is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania where he received his B.A. in Communication while studying in the Annenberg School for Communication. While at Penn, Garrett studied and conducted research under Professor Keith Hampton on the effects of mobile technology on society and interpersonal relationships. After graduating from Penn, he moved to New York City to work for a media intelligence firm specializing in the public relations sector. Garrett currently resides in Manhattan, New York City, working for a technology company focused on social media analytics and consumer insights. Garrett can be reached by email at

2015 CITASA Paper Award Honorable Mentions:

Chen, Wenhong. 2013. “The Implications of Social Capital for the Digital Divides in America.” The Information Society 29(1): 13-25.

From the Award Committee:

Does social capital in Time 1 predict digital divides in Time 2? This study uses a large 2-wave over-time panel study to show how social networks/social capital facilitates internet access and use. Position generator survey data identified the Rs’ higher & lower status network connections. Bonding capital was indicated by the number of occupations in which R knew someone via a strong tie; bridging capital by the number of occupations in which R knew someone via a weak tie. Although bridging capital is positively associated with Internet access, the average resources available via bonding capital are the most versatile, positively related to internet access, general use, and online communication.  As she writes: “Before the Internet can revitalize social capital, there must be the right social capital in place to close the digital divides.”

Author Bio:

Wenhong Chen ( is an assistant professor in the Department of Radio-TV-Film and the Department of Sociology (by courtesy) at University of Texas at Austin. Her research has been focused on the implications of digital media and communication technologies in entrepreneurial, organizational and multiethnic settings. Dr. Chen’s work has been published in top-tier journals in the fields of communication and media studies, management, and sociology.

Davis, Jenny L. 2014. “Triangulating the Self: Identity Processes in a Connected Era.” Symbolic Interaction 37(4): 500-523.

From the Award Committee:

With the self comprised of multiple social identities in a “networked era”, people negotiate identities and strike “a presentational balance between ideal and authentic.” Davis uses 1:1 in-person interviews (N=17) and synchronous text exchanges (N=32) from a snowballing generated from the author’s own Facebook network. Finds three key interaction conditions: “fluidity between digital and physical, expectations of accuracy, and overlapping social networks….Social actors accomplish the ideal-authentic balance through self-triangulation, presenting a coherent image in multiple arenas and through multiple media.” Self-triangulation has two aspects: “networked logic”—individuals’ seamless incorporation of multiple media into “performative practices”; “preemptive action”—the proactive “decision to engage in some act within one arena primarily as a means to support performances in other arenas.”

Author Bio:

Jenny L. Davis (@Jenny_L_Davis) is an assistant professor of sociology at James Madison University and co-editor of Cyborgology, a Community Pages blog dedicated to social theories of technology. A social psychologist, Davis studies micro-processes theoretically and empirically, utilizing a range of methods. One line of work examines identity negotiations in light of new technological advancements. This work employs ethnography, interpretive analyses, as well as Big Data techniques. A second line of research is theoretical in nature, and employs both experimental methods and ethnography. Of particular interest for Davis is the manifestation of structural hierarchies as they play out in interpersonal interaction. This is reflected in her work on stigma that spans a range of marginalized individuals and groups, including anonymous online communities for people with contested mental illness, Twitter reactions to public cases of intimate partner violence, as well as stigma negotiations within a family setting. She further explores this theme through experimental social psychology, testing the relationship between status and identity processes. Davis’ work appears in numerous peer-review journals, both interdisciplinary and sociology specific. In addition, she is an active public scholar. Along with co-editing the Cyborgology blog, her writing and commentary appear in various media outlets.

Lewis, Kevin. 2013. “The Limits of Racial Prejudice.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) 110, 47 (November), 18814–19.

From the Award Committee:

Lewis uses a very large sample of interactions on online dating site OKCupid to find that daters from all racial backgrounds are equally or more likely to cross racial boundaries when reciprocating rather than initiating dating contact. Further, he finds that daters who have received a cross-race message are more likely to initiate their own interracial exchange, although the effect trails off quickly and varies according to several factors, including the racial background of the original sender. Findings illuminate the ongoing production of racial segregation in romantic networks through interactive choices as well as point toward mechanisms whereby such underlying biases may be reduced.

Author Bio:

Kevin Lewis is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego and a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Lewis’ research focuses on the formation and evolution of social networks and attempts to identify the underlying micromechanisms responsible for the generation of observed patterns. To do this, he has employed a number of large-scale datasets diverse in nature—from Facebook friendships among college students to messages sent among online dating site users to recruitment ties among online activists—and utilized recent advances in network modeling techniques for cross-sectional and longitudinal data. His work has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Social Networks, Sociological Science, and the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. Personal webpage:

2015 CITASA Student Paper Award

Winner: Christine Larson (Department of Communication, Stanford University) for “Live publishing: the onstage redeployment of journalistic authority” which will soon appear in Media, Culture, & Society.

From the Award Committee:

In the past 5 years, live, in-person events have become significant revenue sources for industries ranging from high-tech to music. This article explores the rise of live events within one such industry – journalism – linking the rise of ‘live publishing’ to postindustrial career norms and digital economy business models. Drawing on interviews with 10 media companies and participant observation at two conferences produced by The Wall Street Journal, this article shows how media companies position themselves as the legitimate conveners of conferences and forums by redeploying traditional discourses of cultural authority; this enables them to bring together their existing networks of sources, audience members, and sponsors. By convening these groups in a physical space, live publishing takes isolated nodes within media organizations’ networks and renders them visible and accessible to each other, allowing media firms to extract value from these previously immaterial relationships. More broadly, live publishing demonstrates how the interaction of virtual and physical networks allows organizations to transform and redeploy cultural authority into new systems of networked power.

Author Bio:

Christine Larson is the Rebele First Amendment Fellow in the Department of Communication.  Her research explores how technology, economics and changing labor conditions affect the practice of journalism. An award-winning freelance journalist, she was previously a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow and holds an undergraduate degree from Princeton University.

2015 CITASA Student Paper Award

Honorable Mention: Didem Turkoglu (Department of Sociology, UNC Chapel Hill) for “Discussing Politics on Facebook: Club Model and Rowdy Deliberative Talk”

From the Award Committee:

Scholars who study deliberative democracy put a lot of emphasis on the importance of the way people talk about politics, which shapes their thoughts and practices. In online political settings people tend to talk about politics with like-minded individuals creating echo chambers that are heavily guarded by group dynamics. However, by focusing on overtly political venues, the literature on political discourse understudies the political talk that takes place in non-political settings. In this paper I investigate the question of how we come across political discourse on a predominantly non-political platform on social network sites (SNSs). Based on a mix-method analysis of over 80.000 comments from the 50 most popular public Facebook pages from Turkey, the findings suggest that we are more likely to find deliberative talk in non-political settings if politics is considered to be an appropriate discussion topic. Due to the group norms, the type of deliberative talk in those non-political venues may also be unexpectedly rowdy, contrary to the most of the conceptualizations of deliberative talk.

Author Bio:

Didem Turkoglu is a graduate student in sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Her interests include Political Sociology, Social Movements, Political Culture, Comparative Politics, and New Media. At the intersection of political culture, social movements, and new media she is particularly interested in how people talk about politics online. Her dissertation focuses on the neoliberal policies in higher education, opposition, and protest.

Public Sociology Award

Jessie Daniels, Hunter College, CUNY

From the Award Committee:

We were delighted to select Jessie Daniels for her work on race, gender, sexuality and new media that has appeared in the journals New Media & Society, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Gender & Society, Theory in Action, American Journal of Public Health, and Health Promotion and Practice. She has also worked in the Internet industry as a Senior Producer at Talk City where she supervised an international staff that produced live online events for Fortune 500 clients. She came back into academia through a large, NIH-funded project at Rikers Island that examined the health impact of incarceration on young men of color. In 2011, a paper she wrote about that project on race, incarceration and masculinity won the Sarah Mazelis Paper of the Year Award given by the Society of Public Health Education. Returning to social justice work in the academy after working in the Internet industry convinced Daniels that there are ways to combine scholar-activism with digital media. She has done this work in various ways over the last decade or so. Since 2007, she has maintained a scholarly blog ( with Joe R. Feagin (past president of the American Sociological Association), which regularly gets 200,000 unique visitors per month. In 2010, Forbes Magazine named her one of “20 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter,” and you can find her there at: @JessieNYC. In 2012, she developed JustPublics@365, a multidimensional project funded by the Ford Foundation (2013), intended to open scholarly research to the public sphere and connect it to existing social justice activism. A key component of this project are MediaCamp workshops, which offer training for academics in the skills of digital journalism through a unique collaboration between The Graduate Center Library and the CUNY J-School, and have been offered at the American Sociological Association meetings and at other colleges and universities.

Author Bio:

Jessie Daniels, PhD is Professor at Hunter College-City University of New York (CUNY), and is appointed to the doctoral faculty at The Graduate Center, CUNY (Sociology, Psychology and Public Health). She is the author of two books: Cyber Racism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009) and White Lies (Routledge, 1997), as well as several forthcoming books, Going Public (co-authored with Arlene Stein) from University of Chicago Press; Being a Scholar in the Digital Era (co-authored with Polly Thistlethwaite) from Policy Press; and Digital Sociologies, an edited volume co-edited with Karen Gregory and Tressie McMillan Cottom, also from Policy Press.


2014 Awards

CITASA William F. Ogburn Career Achievement Award Winner 2014

Recognizes a sustained body of research that has provided an outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the area of sociology of communication, media, and/or information technology. Award winners will be invited to serve on future award committees. Normally, award nominees will have been CITASA members at some point in their careers to be considered for this award.

William Dutton, Oxford Internet Institute

Selection Committee: Judy Wajcman; Hiroshi Ono

Chair: Sheila Cotten

CITASA Paper Award Winner 2014

Recognizes an outstanding published paper or book chapter related to the sociology of communication, media, and/or information technology. Submissions must be in English and published within the two calendar years prior to the award nomination deadline. There are no limitations on length. Award winners will be invited to serve on future award committees.

Christopher Bail. 2012. “The Fringe Effect: Civil Society Organizations and the Evolution of Media Discourse about Islam since the September 11th Attacks” American Sociological Review, 77(6):855-879.

Honorable Mention Co-winners:

Celeste Campos-Castillo and Steven Hitlin. 2013. “Copresence: Revisiting a Building Block for Social Interaction Theories” Sociological Theory 31:168-192.

Laura Robinson. 2012. “Information-Seeking 2.0. The Effects of Informational Advantage” RESET 1(1).

Selection Committee: Shelley Boulianne; Jenny Davis

Chair: Katrina Kimport

CITASA Student Paper Award Winner 2014

Recognizes 1) a published or unpublished article/paper/book chapter contributing to the sociology of communication, media, and/or information technology OR 2) the design or use of a communication, media or information technology that provides an exceptional contribution to the sociology of communications, media, and/or information technology. Regarding authorship, books, chapters, articles, papers and computing applications may have multiple authors. In the case of student-faculty collaborations, the student must be the lead or senior author. The award is open to students in disciplines other than sociology; authors need not have a degree in sociology or be in a sociology department to be considered for an award but award nominees must be current CITASA members to be considered for this award. Graduate students can request a free membership to CITASA as long as they are current members of ASA. Submissions must be in English and written within the two calendar years prior to the award deadline for nominations. There are no limitations on length. Award winners will be invited to serve on future award committees.

Angèle Christin. “Counting Clicks: Commensuration in Online Journalism in the United States and France”.

Honorable Mention Co-winners:

Caitlin Petre. “Managing Metrics: The Containment, Disclosure, and Sanctioning of Audience Data at the New York Times”.

Cassidy Puckett. “The Geek Instinct: Technological Competence and Cultural Alignment in Disadvantaged Contexts”.

Selection Committee: Jeffrey Lane; Grant Blank

Chair: Jennifer Earl

CITASA Book Award Winner 2014

CITASA Book Award recognizes an outstanding book related to the sociology of communication, media, and/or information technology. Submissions must be in English and published within the two calendar years prior to the award presentation. There are no limitations on length. Single author, multiple author, and edited books are eligible. One copy of the book must be sent to EACH of the three committee members. Award winners will be invited to serve on future award committees.

Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman, Networked: The New Social Operating System

Selection Committee: Gina Neff; Yuri Takhteyev; Tim Hale

Chair: Laura Robinson

CITASA Award for Public Sociology Winner 2014

CITASA Award for Public Sociology recognizes a specific achievement in teaching, the development or the use of a communication, media, or information technology, or the dissemination of knowledge that advances public understanding or engagement with the sociology of communication, media, and/or information technology. Award winners will be invited to serve on future award committees. Normally, award nominees will have been CITASA members at some point in their careers to be considered for this award.

Zeynep Tufekci, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Selection Committee: Gustavo Mesch; PJ Rey

Chair: Keith Hampton

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