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Roman R. Williams, Ph.D.

Calvin College
Department of Sociology
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

(616) 526-6026

Annual Awards & Grants: Past Winners

Distinguished Book Awards
Distinguished Article Awards
Student Paper Awards
Distinguished Book Awards
2015 Gerardo Marti and Gladys Ganiel
The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity (Oxford University Press)

2014 Peter Stamatov
The Origins of Global Humanitarianism (Cambridge University Press)

2013 Jason Ananda Josephson
The Invention of Religion in Japan (University of Chicago Press)

2012 Susan Crawford Sullivan
Living Faith: Everyday Religion and Mothers in Poverty (University of Chicago Press)

2011 Ahmet Kuru
Secularism and State Polices Toward Religion: The United States, France, and Turkey (Cambridge University Press)

2010 Ann Taves
"Religious Experience Reconsidered: A Building-Block Approach to the Study of Religion and Other Special Things." (Princeton University Press)

2009 Paul Froese
The Plot to Kill God: Findings from the Soviet Experiment in Secularization (University of California Press)

2008 Melissa J Wilde
Vatican II: A Sociological Analysis of Religious Change (Princeton University Press)

2007 Stephen Ellingson
The Megachurch and the Mainline: Remaking Religious Tradition in the Twenty-First Century. 2007. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

2006 Paul Lichterman
Elusive Togetherness: Church Groups Trying to Bridge America'sDivisions. 2005. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

2005 Omar McRoberts
Streets of Glory: Church and Community in Black Urban Neighborhood. 2003. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

2004 Rodney Stark
For the Glory of God, Princeton University Press.

2003 Doug Underwood
From Yahweh to Yahoo: The Religious Roots of the Secular Press. 2002. Champagne, IL: University of Illinois Press.

Janet Liebman Jacobs
Hidden Heritage: The Legacy of the Crypto-Jews. 2002. Berkeley: University of California Press.

2002 N.J. Demerath III
Crossing the Gods: World Religions and Worldly Politics (Rutgers University Press, 2001).

2001 Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith
Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America. 2000. New York: Oxford University Press.

2000 Frederick C. Harris
Something Within: Religion in African-American Political Activism. 1999. New York: Oxford University Press.

1999 Mark Chaves
Ordaining Women: Culture and Conflict in Religious Organizations. 1997. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

1998 Jackson W. Carroll, Barbara G. Wheeler, Daniel O. Aleshire, and Penny Long Marler
Being There: Culture and Formation in Two Theological Schools. 1997. New York: Oxford University Press.

1997 Mark A. Sibley
Resurgent Evangelicalism in the United States: Mapping Cultural Change Since 1970. 1996. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press.

1996 Richard Schoenherr and Lawrence Young
Full Pews and Empty Alters: Demographics of the Priest Shortage in the United States. 1993. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.

1995 Jose Casanova
Public Religion in the Modern World. 1994. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

1994 Dean R. Hoge, Benton Johnson, and Donald A. Luidens
Vanishing Boundaries: The Religion of Mainline Protestant Baby Boomers. 1994. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press.

1993 Roger Finke and Rodney Stark
The Churching of America, 1776-1990: Winners and Losers in our Religious Economy. 1992. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

1992 Nancy Ammerman
Baptist Battles: Social Change and Religious Conflict in the Southern Baptist Convention. 1990. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

1991 C. Eric Lincoln and Lawrence Mamiya
The Black Church in the African American Experience. 1990. Durham: Duke University Press.

1990 Robert Wuthnow
Communities of Discourse: Ideology and Social Structure in the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and European Socialism. 1989. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

1989 R. Stephen Warner
New Wine in Old Wineskins: Evangelicals and Liberals in a Small-Town Church. 1988. Berkeley: University of California Press.

1988 James Davison Hunter
Evangelicalism: The Coming Generation. 1987 Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

1987 Lester Kurtz
The Politics of Heresy: The Modernist Crisis in Roman Catholicism. 1986. Berkeley: University of California Press.

1986 Rodney Stark and William Sims Bainbridge
The Future of Religion: Secularization, Revival, and Cult Formation. 1985. Berkeley: University of California Press.

1985 Eileen Barker
The Making of a Moonie: Choice or Brainwashing. 1984. London: Blackwell.

1984 Meredith B. McGuire
Pentecostal Catholics: Power, Charisma, and Order in a Religious Movement. 1983. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Distinguished Article Awards
2015 Melissa Wilde and Sabri Danielsen
"Fewer and Better Children: Race, Class, Religion, and Birth Control Reform in America" (American Journal of Sociology)

2014 Genevieve Zubrzycki
Aesthetic Revolt and the Remaking of National Identity in Quebec, 1960-1969 (Theory and Society)

2013 Chaeyoon Lim and Carol Ann MacGregor
Religion and Volunteering in Context: Disentangling the Contextual Effects of Religion on Voluntary Behavior. (American Sociological Review)

2012 Patricia Snell Herzog
"Just Reproduce After What I Taught You": Spatial Segregation of Religious Youth Socialization and the Reproduction of Social Inequality". Youth and Society, September, 2011.

2011 Chaeyoon Kim, Carol Ann MacGregor, and Robert Putnam
"Secular and Liminal: Discovering Heterogeneity Among Religious Nones"

2010 David Voas
"The Rise and Fall of Fuzzy Fidelity in Europe," in European Sociological Review 25: 155-168 (2009).

2009 Jonathan Fox & Ephraim Tabory
Contemporary Evidence Regarding the Impact of State Regulation on Religious Participation and Belief

2008 D. Michael Lindsay
"Evangelicals in the Power Elite: Elite Cohesion Advancing a Movement," American Sociolgoical Review.

2007 Davis, Nancy. and Rob Robinson
"The Egalitarian Face of Islamic Orthodoxy: Support of Islamic Law and Economic Justice in Seven Muslim-Majority Nations," American Sociolgoical Review, 2006, 71:167-190.

2006 Young, Michael P. and Stephen M. Cherry
"Secularization of Confessional Protests: The Role of Religious Processes of Rationalization and Differentiatio," Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 2005, Vol 44, pages 373-395.

2005 Prema Kurien
"Multiculturalism, Immigrant Religion, and Diasporic Nationalism: the Development of an American Hinduism," Social Problems. 2005, Vol. 51, pages 362-285.

Wilde, Melissa
2004. "How Culture Mattered at Vatican II: Collegiality Trumps Authority in the Council's Social Movement Organizations." American Sociological Review. 69(4):576-602.

2004 Philpott, Daniel
"The Catholic Wave: Christianity and Democracy," Journal of Democracy Vol. 15, April 2004.

2003 Young, Michael P.
"Confessional Protest: The Religious Birth of US National Protest Movements." American Sociological Review, 2002 Vol. 67, pages 660-688 (with comment by Charles Tilly and reply by Young).

2002 F. Yang and Helen Rose Ebaugh
"Transformations in new immigrant religions and their global implications." American Sociological Review 66 (2001): 269-288.

2001 Philip S. Gorski
"Historicizing the Secularization Debate: Church, State, and Society in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, ca. 1300 to 1700." American Sociological Review, 2000, Vol. 65, pages 138-167.

2000 Matthew Lawson
"The Holy Spirit as Conscience Collective" Sociology of Religion, 1999, Vol. 60, pages 341-361.

1999 Mary Patillo-McCoy
"Church Culture as a Strategy of Action in the Black Community." American Sociological Review, 1998, Vol. 63, pages 767-784.

1998 Jeff Manza and Clem Brooks
"The Religious Factor in U.S. Presidential Elections, 1960-1992." American Journal of Sociology, 1998, Vol. 103, pages 1235-1266.

Fred Kniss
"Ideas and Symbols as Resources in Intrareligious Conflict: The Case of the American Mennonites." Sociology of Religion, 1996, Vol. 57, pages 7-23.

1997 Brian E. Malley
"Explaining Order in Religious Systems." Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, 1995, Vol. 5, pages 5-22.

1996 Laurence R. Iannaccone
"Why Strict Churches are Strong." American Journal of Sociology, 1994, Vol. 99, pages 1180-1211.

1994 R. Stephen Warner
"Work in Progress toward a New Paradigm for the Sociological Study of Religion in the United States." American Journal of Sociology, 1993, Vol. 98, pages 1044-1093.

1993 Edward B. Reeves and Robert Bylund
"Anonymity and the Rise of Universal Occasions for Religious Ritual: An Extension of the Durkheimian Theory." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 1992, Vol. 31, pages 113-130.

Rhys Williams and N.J. Demerath, III
"Religion and the Political Process in an American City." American Sociological Review, 1991, Vol. 56, pages 417-432.

1991 Stjepan G. Mestrovic
"Reappraising Durkheim's Elementary Forms of the Religious Life in the Context of Schopenhauer's Philosophy." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 1989, Vol. 28, pages 255-272.

Student Paper Awards
2015 Graham Hill
Reclaiming the Secular: A Charismatic Christian Brotherhood’s Interventions on Secularism in Mexico City

2014 Landon Schnabel
The Gender Pray Gap

2013 Brad Fulton
Network Ties and Organizational Action: Explaining Variation in Social Service Provision among Congregations

2012 Rachel Ellis
Marketing to Whom?: Desired Members and Jewish Denominational Niches, 1913-1920

2011 Katie E Corcoran, David Pettinichio, and Blaine Robbins
"Religion and the Acceptability of White Collar Crime: A Cross National Analysis"

2010 Christopher Bail
"Terrified: Social Movements, Emotions,and the Collective Identity of Muslims in the U.S. Media, 2001-2008."

2009 Michael J. McFarland
Religion and Mental Health Among Older Adults: Do the Effects of Religious Involvement Vary by Gender?

2008 Ingrid Storm, University of Manchester
"Halfway to Heaven: Four Types of Fuzzy Fidelity in Europe"

2007 Phillip Connor, Princeton University
"New Directions for Immigrant Religious Research: The Convergence of Contextual and Micro-Level Theories as Determinants for Variation in Immigrant Religious Participation Surrounding the Migratory Event."

2006 Rebecca Sager
"Social Movement or Poverty Politics? Explaining State-Level Variation in the Faith-Based Initiative."

2005 Michael Lindsay
"The National Prayer Breakfast and the 'Christian Mafia': Religious Publicity and Secrecy within the Corridors of Power."

Jenny Trinitapoli
"Religious Response to AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Examination of Religious Congregations in Rural Malawi"

2004 Yunfeng Lu
"The Unintended Consequences of Religious Suppression: Understanding the Growth of Suppressed Religions."

2003 Mary Ellen Konieczny, University of Chicago
Patriarchy Compromised, Defied and Enduring: An Ethnographic Study of Gender Ideologies and Gendered Practices among American Catholics.

2002 Ron E. Hassner, Stanford University
Understanding and Resolving Disputes Over Sacred Space

Stephen Krauss, University of Tennessee at Chattnooga
"An Introduction to the Commitment-Reflectivity Circumplex Model of Religious Orientation and Its Relationships to Allportian Models."

2001 Gina Magyar, Bowling Green State University
"Desecration: Theoretical Groundwork and Initial Empirical Findings."

2000 Kevin Dougherty, Purdue University
"Participation and Growth in Southern Baptist Congregations."

1999 Melissa Wilde, University of California at Berkeley
"Marketing Marriage to American Catholic Divorcees: Roman Catholic Annulment in International and Historic Perspective."

1998 Tona Hangen, Brandeis University
"Redeeming the Radio Dial: Evangelical Radio and Religious Culture, 1920-1960."

1997 Rick Phillips, Rutgers University
"Religious Market Share and Mormon Church Activity: Testing a Supply-side Theory of Religious Mobilization."

1996 Ezra Kopelowitz, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
"Temporal Dimensions of the 'Liberal Sacred': Exploring the Everyday Maintenance of Moral Contradiction in Israeli Public Interaction."

1995 Joyce Piper, University of Minnesota
"Work Stress among Lutheran Clergy Women in the USA and Norway"

1994 James K. Wellman, University of Chicago Divinity School
"The Transformation of a Protestant Establishment Church."

1993 Alan G. Davidson, University of Connecticut
"Functional vs. Non-Functional Questions in the Sociology of Religion: Notes toward a Retheorizing of Denominational Changes."

1992 Joel Fetzer, Yale University
"Evangelicals' Attitudes on the Morality of War."

1991 Stephen J. Brewer, University of Connecticut
"Parental-Adolescent Relations among Fundamentalist Christians."

1990 No Award Given

1989 Jon R. Stone, University of California at Santa Barbara
"The New Voluntarism and Presbyterian Affiliation."

1988 Mark Chaves, Harvard University
"Secularization and Religious Revival: Evidence from U.S. Church Attendance Rates, 1972-1986."

1986 Anne Hendershott, Kent State University
"Religiosity and Marital Satisfaction."

Conrad Kanagy, Wheaton College
"The Formation and Development of a Protestant Conversion Movement among the Highland Quicha of Ecuador."

1983 Caleb Rosado, Northwestern University
"Race, Class and Religious Schism: The Case of Puerto-Rican Seventh-day Adventists in Chicago."


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