The Marxist Sociology Blog is a production of the Marxist Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. It publishes short articles of theory, research and commentary from Marxists of all theoretical schools and academic disciplines. We conceive of marxist sociology in the broadest sense, spanning modern disciplines and covering economy, politics, culture, history.

The blog also hosts resources for ASA Marxist Section members, including news & announcements, lists of journals that publish Marxist scholarship, resources for education and pedagogy, and links to related websites.

Officers and Committees of the Section are listed below.

Officers

Chair: Hannah A. Holleman, Amherst College , term ends 2021
Chair-Elect: Michael A. McCarthy, Marquette University , term ends 2021
Past Chair: Allison L. Hurst, Oregon State University , term ends 2021
Section Secretary: Leslie C. Gates, SUNY-Binghamton , term ends 2023
Section Treasurer: Lorna Lueker Zukas, National University , term ends 2022
Student Representative: Xuan Karen Zhang, University of Utah , term ends 2021

Section Council

Charles Pinderhughes, Essex County College , term ends 2021
Crystal A. Jackson, CUNY-John Jay College of Criminal Justice , term ends 2021
Daniel Noah Auerbach, University of Utah , term ends 2022
Sio Ieng Hui, Pennsylvania State University , term ends 2022
Gretchen Purser, Syracuse University , term ends 2023
Atef S. Said, University of Illinois at Chicago , term ends 2023

Standing Committees

Nominations Committee

Leslie Gates (Chair)

Bret Clark

Leontina Hormel

Membership Committee

Charles Pinderhughes (Chair)

Karen Zhang

Michael Soto

Media and Communications

See the Blog Editorial Team page.

Awards Committees

The deadline for receipt of all nominations materials is February 28, 2021. See instructions for submission of nominations under each award description. 

The 2021 Marxist Sociology Praxis Award

The Marxist Sociology Praxis Award recognizes outstanding integration of theory and practice in the achievement of social change by an individual and/or an organization. Practice may involve (but is not limited to) activism, organizing, and/or outreach to encourage/facilitate social change. Nominations should include a letter (by email to all committee members) stating the case for the nominee for the award and supporting materials:
•    For individuals nominated: vitae
•    For organizations nominated: organization portfolio (e.g., mission statement, past/present campaigns, and programs)
•    For individuals and organizations nominated: supporting materials, such as news articles, reference letters.
The deadline for receipt of all materials is February 28, 2021. Please send materials to the committee chair, Jeffrey Halley by email at: (jeffrey.halley@utsa.edu), and cc’ all committee members.
The Marxist Sociology Praxis Award Committee for 2021:

Jeffrey Halley—Chair, jeffrey.halley@utsa.edu
Ilaria Riccioni, Ilaria.riccioni@unibz.it
Walda Katz-Fishman, wkatzfishman@igc.org
David Arditi, darditi@uta.edu

Paul Sweezy Marxist Sociology Book Award 2020

The Sweezy Book Award goes to the author(s) of the best book published in the past two years in the area of Marxist theory and research.  The committee will select the book that best demonstrates the most thoughtful, competent, or innovative analysis of a theoretical, empirical, or activist issue(s) that is germane to Marxism, Marxist sociology, and Marxist praxis.  Nominations are being sought for books that were published in 2019 or 2020. In accordance with ASA policies, the recipient must be a current member of the association at the time the award is given to receive the award.

Instructions for nominating books: Step 1) Submit nomination by email. This should include standard bibliographic information about the work and a brief comment on its merits. Please send your nomination to the committee chair, Leontina Hormel at: (lhormel@uidaho.edu), and cc’ all committee members. Step 2) In addition to the nomination, a copy of the book must be sent to each of the committee members. The address for each committee member is given below. The deadline for receipt of all material is February 28, 2021.  

The Paul Sweezy Marxist Sociology Book Award Committee for 2021 is below.  Make sure to mail a copy of the book to each committee member.

Leontina Hormel—Chair
428 E. 7th Street
Moscow, ID 83843

Michael Joseph Francisconi
96 Fern Lane
Dillon, Montana
59725
Michael.francisconi@umwestern.edu

Zachary Levenson
108 Berkshire St.
Greensboro, NC 27403
zblevens@uncg.edu

The Albert Szymanski-T.R. Young/Critical Sociology Marxist Sociology Graduate Student Paper Award

The Albert Szymanski-T.R. Young/Critical Sociology Marxist Sociology Graduate Student Paper Award is presented to the author(s) of the best graduate student paper. The competition is open to papers written or published (online or in print) during the period January 2018 to December 2020. Papers should be roughly 25 pages in length, not including tables, figures, charts, or references. The committee will accept sole-authored and multiple-authored papers as long as the applicant is lead or senior author. No student-faculty collaborations can be accepted. In accordance with ASA policies, the recipient must be a current member of the association at the time the award is given to receive the award. The committee will select the paper that demonstrates the most thoughtful, competent, or innovative analysis of a theoretical, empirical, or activist issue(s) that is germane to Marxism, Marxist Sociology, and Marxist Praxis. The prize for the winner will be $500 ($250 from the Marxist Sociology section and $250 from Critical Sociology, which underwrites the award).

The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2021. All submissions must be received electronically. All questions should be sent to the chair of the committee (Atef Said: atefsaid@uic.edu). All papers should be sent to the entire committee. 

Albert Szymanski-T.R. Young/Critical Sociology Marxist Sociology Graduate Student Paper Award Committee for 2021:
Atef Said—Chair – atefsaid@uic.edu
James G. Parisot – jpariso1@binghamton.edu
Lorna Zukas – lzukas@nu.edu

The Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes distinguished career achievement in Marxist Sociology. Nominators should send a letter stating the case for the nominee winning the award and attach a copy of the nominee’s vitae. The award is for a body of work of sociological importance in the area of Marxist theory and research. In accordance with ASA policies, the recipient must be a current member of the association at the time the award is given to receive the award.
The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2021. Please send inquiries and final nomination materials to the chair, Beth Redbird, at (redbird@northwestern.edu), and cc’ all committee members.

Lifetime Achievement Committee for 2021:

Beth Redbird—Chair – redbird@northwestern.edu
Kristin Plys – kristin.plys@utoronto.ca
Charles Thorpe – cthorpe@ucsd.edu
Barb Brents – barb.brents@unlv.edu

Outstanding Marxist Sociology Article Award

The Outstanding Marxist Sociology Article Award goes to the author(s) of the best article published in the past two years in the area of Marxist theory and research. The Committee will select the article that best demonstrates the most thoughtful, competent, or innovative analysis of a theoretical, empirical, or activist issue(s) that is germane to Marxism, Marxist Sociology, and Marxist Praxis. We encourage nomination of a wide range of papers, including, for example, those incorporating an intersectional analytic approach and/or integrative theoretical framework to the study of conflict, class, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and/or citizenship status. In accordance with ASA policies, the recipient must be a current member of the association at the time the award is given to receive the award. Nominees should also be members of the Marxist Sociology Section.

Please send nominations to chair Gretchen Purser at (gwpurser@maxwell.syr.edu), and cc’ all committee members. Nominations should include an attached document with brief comment on the merits of the published article (2019 or 2020) and a .pdf copy of the article. The deadline for receipt of all materials is February 28, 2021.

The Outstanding Marxist Sociology Article Award Committee for 2021:

Gretchen W. Purser—Chair – gwpurser@maxwell.syr.edu
Elaine Hui – suh275@psu.edu
Crystal Jackson – crjackson@jjay.cuny.edu