Awards / Prix

CSA Award Winners / Détentaires des prix de la SCS

The Canadian Sociological Association is proud to announce our award recipients for 2017.   They were honoured at our Annual Banquet and Award Ceremony held at Ryerson University on May 30, 2017.  Photos from the event and more information about the recipients has been posted below.  Images courtesy of Dr. John McLevey, University of Waterloo, CSA-SCS Communications Officer

**Our 2018 Award recipients will be announced in June 2018 but will celebrated at our 2019 Annual Banquet and Award Ceremony held during Congress at the University of British Columbia.**

Links to CSA Awards (including terms of reference and nomination procedures)

Several Research Clusters also offer awards for the Best Student Papers presented at our Annual Conferences.  Details will be published in early 2019 as we will not be participating in the 2018 FHSS Conress.

2017 CSA-SCS Award recipients

Angus Reid Applied Sociology Awards:

Angus Reid AwardPractitioner: Dr. Sean Lauer, University of British Columbia

Image: Dr. Gillian Ranson, University of Calgary presents the award to Dr. Sean Lauer

The award, both in its name and in its focus, reminds us of the pre-eminent applied sociologist, Dr. Angus Reid for whom it is named. Angus Reid is Canada’s best-known and longest-practicing pollster, whose work over more than four decades has been an important resource for policy-makers, researchers, and the general public.

This award has been created to recognize sociologists who undertake projects that bring social science knowledge, methods, and expertise to bear in addressing community-identified issues and concerns. It recognizes contributions to sociological practice that have served as a model for working with a community, organization or public service. This year, the award goes to Dr. Sean Lauer of the University of British Columbia – and clearly, it is richly deserved.

Sean’s community work, for more than a decade, has been with the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC. These houses developed out of the settlement house movement, and today operate as local organizations promoting community engagement and well-being. They play an important role in supporting new immigrants as they settle in Canada. His initial project, with a colleague in the School of Social Work, studied social tie formation among new immigrants involved with neighbourhood houses. Findings from this project were developed into a more extensive research project, “Neighbourhood Houses in Metro Vancouver”, which has produced a range of findings, located in academic papers, organizational history documents, resource maps for individual neighbourhood houses, and research briefs designed to analyze and articulate community needs and neighbourhood house impacts. Because all the research has been developed collaboratively, most of these “outputs” directly serve community and organizational needs. This project had set in motion new collaborative research projects dealing with other aspects of neighbourhood house history and current activities.

Those who know of his work, including both academic and community colleagues, speak highly of its value. They report that the research has helped the neighbourhood houses to understand their own impact on the communities they serve. It has developed research and analysis capacity within the organizations themselves, and has helped the local neighbourhood house movement in communicating its role and achievements to a wider public, including elected officials and funding agencies. It has all been achieved through rigorous community-based research that has been developed, designed and conducted collaboratively with neighbourhood house staff and community members. And all this is to say nothing of the significant volunteer contribution Sean has made over the years, on the network’s board of directors, and his efforts in developing community-based learning and research partnerships between UBC and local neighbourhood houses. As I said, an award that is richly deserved. Please join me in congratulating Sean Lauer.

Student: Mr. James Wyatt Anton, University of Calgary

There is also a student award offered in this category, and this year the award goes to Wyatt Anton, who is an MA student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary. Wyatt’s research project is on the topic of “Traditional Indigenous Craft-Making and Material Culture.” Working with our First Nations colleague Dr. Cora Voyageur, he is using an Indigenous-focused methodological framework to consider aspects of cultural translation – like the meaning of symbols and imagery – both within and outside Indigenous communities. In this research, he is addressing the limited understanding non-Indigenous people have about the meanings of particular artefacts in the communities from which they originate. The award committee learned that his sensitivity to cultural norms and expectations has been a key component of his success in bringing this research nearly to completion. Wyatt could not be with us tonight, but please join me in congratulating him anyway.


Best Student Paper Awards: 

Best Student Paper 1Jonathan Simmons, University of Alberta: Not that kind of atheist: skepticism as a lifestyle movement

Image: Jonathan Simmon receives his award from Dr. Rima Wilkes, University of British Columbia, CSA-SCS President-Elect

We all know that atheism is an alternative to religion and we know something about what it means to be an atheist. Less well-understood is what it means to be a skeptic.

Simmons provides this explanation in his fascinating study of Canadian atheist activists in Alberta. Drawing on interviews with 35 activists as well as ethnographic data Simmons shows that, while atheism is an alternative to religion, skepticism is different.

Skepticism is a lifestyle movement with a strong emphasis on individualized activism. This individualized activism takes many forms including conscious scientific thinking as well as educating others about the dangers of scientific misinformation and pseudoscience. What sets skeptics apart from atheists is their commitment to science-advocacy and the debunking of pseudoscience.

The committee was particularly impressed by the richness of the interview data as well as the strong theoretical foundation of this paper.

Best Student Paper 2Francois Lachapelle, University of British Columbia and Patrick John Burnett, University of British Columbia: Canadianization Movement, American Imperialism, and Scholastic Stratification: Professorial Evidence from 1977 to 2017

Image: Dr. Rima Wilkes presents the award to Patrick John Burnett and Francois Lachapelle

This paper is about the national origins of the professoriate in Canadian universities. Lachapelle and Burnett test two competing hypotheses.

The first hypothesis is that there is a re-Americanization of Canadian Professoriate’s national PhD origin – in other words in order to get hired at a Canadian University there is a preference for Ph.D. from the US. The other is that this preference only occurs at the largest research intensive universities.

To test these counter-claims, Lachapelle and Burnett marshal the largest dataset to date on this topic and consider the origins of almost 5,000 faculty employed at U 15 universities over the past 40 years.

The committee was particularly impressed by the scale and scope and detailed empirical analyses provided of this paper.


Canadian Review of Sociology Best Article Award:

CRS Best ArticleDr. David H. Calnitsky, University of Wisconsin-Madison: ‘More Normal than Welfare’: The Mincome Experiment, Stigma and Community Experience (2016: Vol. 53, No.1).

Image: Dr. Tracey L Adams, Western University, Canadian Review of Sociology Managing Editor, presents the award to Dr. David H. Calnitsky

In this article, Calnitsky considers the 1970s Manitoba Basic Annual Income Experiment, otherwise known as Mincome. Drawing on archived qualitative participant accounts, collected during the experiment, Calnitsky explores why people participated in the program, and the social meanings they attached to it. Mincome offered guaranteed incomes to households whose income fell below a specified level, with payments phasing down as income increased. Joining the program was easy; it did not require heavy scrutiny, and the program was open to everyone who met the basic criteria.

Calnitsky finds that because Mincome was so open, it was not viewed in moralistic terms. Mincome was well-regarded, and did not carry the stigma, and psychological costs, associated with welfare and similar social assistance programs. Participants’ experiences with Mincome demonstrate that there are key advantages, for individuals and entire communities, associated with guaranteed income policies.

This article impressed the selection committee due to its scholarly rigor, it’s innovation, and timeliness.


Early Investigator Award:

Early InvestigatorDr. Maria-Carolina Cambre, Concordia University

Image: Dr. Maria-Carolina Cambre receives her award from Dr. Andrea Doucet, Brock University, CSA-SCS Research Advisory Subcommittee Chair

Maria-Carolina (known as Carolina) Cambre is this year’s winner of the CSA Early Investigator Award. We had a very competitive field this year and it was a tough decision choosing just one person. In the end, we decided to go with a scholar who has an extraordinary record but also represents the cutting edge of sociological innovation.

Carolina is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at Concordia University. She received her PhD in 2011 from the Department of Policy Studies (Sociology of Education) at the University of Alberta. Her award-winning doctoral dissertation, entitled The politics of the face: Manifestations of Guevara’s image, a collage of renderings & agency was invited for publication as a manuscript by Continuum Books and released in 2015.

She has a competitive record of publications in leading academic journals with 13 articles in scholarly journals, proceedings and books, and she and has presented over 23 papers at scholarly conferences around the world. Some of these publications are already on course syllabi both in Canada and abroad (in Germany). She has been awarded several SSHRC grants, including a recent Insight Development grant and a Connection grant.

Carolina’s SSHRC Insight grant is funding a project entitled Nomadic Pedagogies, which is a multi-faceted ethnographic approach to remapping of social spaces through visual images in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her Connection grant supported the 2017 International Visual Sociology Association conference, which was focused on the theme of Framing/Reframing Goffman: Visual Sociology & the Everyday. She was Conference Chair of this conference. She is also on the planning committee for the Visual Sociology Research Committee (RC 57) for the International Sociological Association World Congress 2018.

Her nomination letter from Concordia describes Carolina as “creative and courageous with her ideas”. They noted that she has a strong understanding of a variety of social and visual theoretical traditions along with an outstanding ability to operationalize them in her ethnographic fieldwork. Her work is already making significant impacts, in Canada and internationally.

We are delighted that Carolina Cambre is the 2017 recipient of the CSA early investigator award.


John Porter Tradition of Excellence Book Award:

John Porter Tradition of Excellence Book AwardDr. Nathanael Lauster, University of British Columbia: The Death and Life of the Single-Family House: Lessons from Vancouver on Building a Livable City.

Image: Dr. Lesley Wood, York University, John Porter Tradition of Excellence Book Award Committee Chair, presents the award to Dr. Nathanael Lauster

We selected this as the winning book because we felt it was written in an engaging and accessible style and deals with a problem of great importance not only to Canada but to cities in the United States: the social consequences of treating the single-family home as a regulatory entity. We appreciated how the book linked so many themes – housing, the environment, and generational notions of home and community together in new ways. The research draws on meticulous methods, including archival research, secondary data, and in-depth interviews to make the case for why the detached home has become a dysfunctional urban habitat. We believe that this book will be of interest to academics, policymakers, and anyone interested in thinking about urban sustainability and social justice issues.

Honorable Mention: Dr. Karen Foster, Dalhousie University: Productivity and Prosperity: A Historical Sociology of Productivist Thought should receive an honourable mention.

We noted that that book offers a thoughtful analysis and critique of the concept of productivity and the problem of “productivism.” Foster examines the cultural assumptions inherent in the “productivist ideational regime,” in the Western world, and in English speaking Canada, the US and Britain since the 1700s. She critiques the idea that productivity is good in and of itself and that it determines standards of living and prosperity. This historicization and critique is timely and relevant to Canadian society and more generally to thinking about possibilities for a more sustainable world.”

Outstanding Contribution Awards:

Outstanding Contribution_AndersenDr. Robert Andersen, Western University

Image: Dr. Rima Wilkes, University of British Columbia, CSA-SCS President-Elect, presents the award to Dr. Robert Andersen

Robert Andersen is currently Professor of Sociology, at the University of Western Ontario. He is also a Professor of Political Science, a Professor of Statistics and Actuarial Science, and the Dean of Social Science.

Dr. Andersen has made major contributions to the study of class, voting and public opinion. Using the most advanced quantitative methods, Dr. Andersen shows that class and economic inequality continue to matter for voting, for support for democracy, and for policy. He also carefully documents how these relationships change over time. This is work has appeared in major journals of multiples disciplines in Canada and beyond.

Indeed the committee was especially impressed with the diversity and impact of outlets where Dr. Andersen’s work has appeared.

Dr. Andersen is that rare scholar who has published in both the Canadian Review of Sociology and the American Sociological Review. He has also published in both the Canadian Journal of Political Science and the American Journal of Political Science.

Dr. Andersen has also made major contributions to our understanding of quantitative research methods, having published Modern Methods for Robust Regression, which many of you will know as one of those green sage books that we all rely on so much.

These accomplishments go a small way towards explaining why Professor Andersen has already been awarded the title of Distinguished Professor of Social science and the Premier’s excellence award, and why he is also now received the Canadian Sociological Association Outstanding Contribution award.

Outstanding Contribution_LangloisDr. Simon Langlois, Université Laval

Image: Dr. Rima Wilkes presents the award to Dr. Simon Langlois

Simon Langlois is Professor emeritus at the University of Laval where he worked for more than 40 years, having supervised more than 57 students.

Professor Langlois has made major contributions to our understanding of Quebec society. Especially notable is that Dr. Langlois’s work carefully documents how “traditional French Canada fell apart and was then superceded by French Canadian communities and the Quebec nation. His work also makes the important connection between social class and the sovereigntist movement in Quebec.

His productivity over the course of his career has been simply astounding. He has published more than 65 peer-reviewed journal articles, more than 70 book chapters and 8 books.

His major books which include; Le Quebec change. Chroniques sociologiques (2017), Intentions d’auteurs sur le Quebec, le Canada et les sciences sociales (2012), and Les raisons fortes. Nature et signification de l’appui et al souverainete du Quebec (2002), received the Medaille de L’Assemblee nationale du Quebec.

In recognition of these achievements Professor Langlois was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2003 and served as President over its Academy of Social Sciences.

These accomplishments are why I am very happy to present Professor Langois with the Canadian Sociological Association Outstanding Contribution award.


CSA Awards Offered

For further information on the CSA awards, including nomination procedures, selection committees, and calls for nomination, click on the following links.

Pour de plus amples informations à propos des prix décernés par la SCS, incluant les critères d'égibilités, les comités de sélection, et les appels de nomination, suivant les liens ci-dessous :