2016 McCarthy Award Winner!

The Center for the Study of Social Movements at the University of Notre Dame is very pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 John D. McCarthy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Scholarship of Social Movements and Collective Behavior is Kathleen Blee! The award not only recognizes Kathleen’s extraordinary achievements in research, but also the role that she has played in mentoring successive generations of scholars. Kathleen holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh, and is also the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the Dietrich of Arts and Sciences. She has written or edited 7 books, with her most recent being Democracy in the Making: How Activist Groups Form (Oxford Press 2012), the winner of the 2013 Charles Tilly Award for the Best Book from the Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section of the American Sociological Association. She has also published over 90 articles and book chapters. In addition, she has won teaching awards, is actively involved in professional service, and is widely admired for her courageous and groundbreaking ethnographic work.

This year’s award ceremony will be held on May 7th on the Notre Dame campus. Kathleen will be giving a public lecture prior to the award banquet. At the banquet, several of her friends, colleagues and former students will be on hand to offer reflections on her work and influence on the field.

In conjunction with the presentation of the McCarthy Award, the Center for the Study of Social Movements will also be hosting the seventh annual Young Scholars in Social Movements Conference on May 6th. Advanced graduate students and recently minted PhD’s will be invited to present their work and receive feedback from the McCarthy Award winner and a distinguished panel of senior scholars in the field. A call for nominations for the Young Scholars Conference will be issued in a separate announcement.

We hope that many of you will mark your calendars and plan to join us for these events. Please be on the lookout for more information in the coming days and weeks—including instructions on how to apply for the Young Scholars Conference. We will distribute the news on the CBSM listserv and also post the news on our Center’s website http://nd.edu/~cssm/

Rory McVeigh

Director, Center for the Study of Social Movements
Professor of Sociology
University of Notre Dame


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