Immanuel Wallerstein honored with inaugural award from International Sociological Association

Yale sociology professor Immanuel Wallerstein has received the inaugural Excellence in Research and Practice Award from the International Sociological Association (ISA).

Immanuel Wallerstein, senior research scholar, Department of Sociology
Immanuel Wallerstein, senior research scholar, Department of Sociology

The award, established in March, will be given every four years to a sociologist who advances sociological knowledge and practice through outstanding contributions to the profession and the field.

In July 2014, Wallerstein will be presented with the award in a special ceremony at the World Congress of the ISA in Yokohama. According to the ISA president, Michael Burawoy, the Excellence in Research and Practice Award is the greatest honor the organization bestows.

Immanuel Wallerstein, senior research scholar in Yale’s Department of Sociology, was recognized for his body of work and contributions to the field, including numerous publications, lectureships, and work with professional associations. His many books include “The Modern World-System,” “Historical Capitalism,” “The Road to Independence: Ghana and the Ivory Coast,” and “European Universalism: The Rhetoric of Power.”

Wallerstein joined the Department of Sociology in 2000. He is also director emeritus of the Fernand Braudel Center at Binghamton University and is a resident researcher at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris. In 2003 he received the Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award from the American Sociological Association.

The ISA, based in Madrid, Spain, was founded in 1949 and represents sociologists everywhere, regardless of ideology or school of thought, and advances sociological knowledge throughout the world. Its members come from 167 countries. Wallerstein was president of the ISA from 1994 to 1998.

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