The Herbert Blumer Award is presented annually to the author of the best graduate student paper in the tradition of symbolic interaction. To be eligible for this award, authors must be enrolled in a graduate program. Those who have been awarded a Ph.D. prior to May 2016 are not eligible. Submitted papers cannot have been accepted for publication at the time of this submission, although papers under review may be submitted. The winner of this award may submit the paper for publication in any appropriate journal, including but not limited to Symbolic Interaction.

Winner of the 2020 Herbert Blumer Graduate Student Paper Award

Fangheyue Amber Ma, University of Southern Florida, for the paper: 

“’You Are First a Chinese Citizen, Then a Consumer’:
Presenting and Balancing Identities Online as Chinese International Tourists”


Committee Members:

We are currently in the process of assembling our annual awards committees, and will post them as soon as they are finalized.  If you are interested in nominating or submitting for the awards, please anticipate a call in mid-March, with a submission deadline in the summer.

Deadline: March 1st, 2021

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