2018

Robert Prus

2017

Will van Hoonaard and Deborah van Hoonaard

2016

David Snow (UC Irvine)

2015

Ruth Horowitz. (New York University)

2014

Donileen Loseke (University of South Florida)

2013

Joel Best (University of Delaware)

2012David Karp (Boston College)
2011

Clinton Sanders (University of Connecticut)

2010

Patti Adler and Peter Adler

2009

Joseph Kotarba

2008

Spencer Cahill

2007

Lonnie Athens

2006

Kathy Charmaz

2005

Clark McPhail

David Altheide

2004

Douglas Mitchell

2003

Gary Alan Fine

2002

John Johnson

2001

Lyn H. Lofland

2000

Sheldon Stryker

1999

David Maines

1998

Robert S. Perinbanayagam

1997

Norman Denzin

1996

Virginia Olesen

1995

John Lofland

1994

Peter Hall

1993

Helena Znaiecki Lopata

1992

Carl Couch

1991

Joseph Gusfield

1990

Ralph Turner

1989

Jacqueline Wiseman

1988

Louis Zurcher

1987

Howard S. Becker

1986

Tamotsu Shibutani

1985

Anselm Strauss

1984

Stanford Lyman

1983

Erving Goffman

1982

Kenneth Burke

1981

Everett Hughes

1980

Gregory Stone

1979

Alfred Lindesmith

1978

Herbert Blumer

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