RSF Authors Win Notable Book Awards

June 18, 2020

RSF book authors Tod Hamilton (Princeton University), María G. Rendón (University of California, Irvine), Scott Frickel (Brown University), James R. Elliott (Rice University), Pamela Herd and Donald P. Moynihan (Georgetown University) have received awards for their recent books.

Hamilton’s Immigration and the Remaking of Black America (2019) has won the 2020 Otis Dudley Duncan Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Social Demography from the Sociology of Population section of the American Sociological Association. Immigration and the Remaking of Black America weaves together interdisciplinary scholarship with new data to enhance our understanding of the causes of socioeconomic stratification among both native-born and foreign-born blacks. Blavity featured Hamilton’s book and research findings in an article that examines the complexity of black communities in America.

Rendón (University of California, Irvine), author of Stagnant Dreamers: How the Inner City Shapes the Integration of Second-Generation Latinos (2019) was jointly awarded the 2020 Robert E. Park Award for Best Book by the Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. Rendón also won the 2020 Distinguished Contribution to Research Award from the Latino/a Section of the American Sociological Association. The foundation supported Rendon’s research on second-generation Latinos’ perceptions of failure and success in the wake of the Great Recession with a Presidential Authority grant. Rendón recently wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Daily News about the labor market struggles of college-educated Latinos.

Frickel and Elliott, authors of Sites Unseen: Uncovering Hidden Hazards in American Cities, were jointly awarded the 2020 Robert E. Park Award for Best Book from the Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. The book uncovers the hidden histories of commercial and residential sites to show how they are regularly produced and reincorporated into urban landscapes with limited or no regulatory oversight. Sites Unseen received press coverage in the Philadelphia Inquirer, American Prospect, and Business Insider.

Herd and Moynihan (Georgetown University), authors of Administrative Burden: Policymaking by Other Means, (2018), were selected for a book award from the Public and Nonprofit Section of the National Academy of Management. Moynihan describes administrative burdens as “the frictions we experience when we encounter government.” The authors have co-written several op-eds for The New York Times and The Washington Post about the need to lower administrative burdens to accessing the social safety net. The book has received widespread press coverage, including an encouraging review by the New York Review of Books. On a January episode of The Weeds podcast, Herd and Moynihan discussed Administrative Burden with senior Vox correspondent Matthew Yglesias.

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