2015 McCarthy Award Winner!

Author: Bryant Crubaugh

The Center for the Study of Social Movements at the University of Notre Dame is very pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 John D. McCarthy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Scholarship of Social Movements and Collective Behavior is Sidney Tarrow!  The award not only recognizes Sid’s extraordinary achievements in research, but also the role that he has played in mentoring successive generations of scholars.  On his own, and in collaboration with his students and colleagues, Sid has directed the trajectory of social movement scholarship for decades, publishing upwards of 20 books and 135 articles.  According to Google Scholar, just one of those books (Power in Movements) has been cited in more than 8,000 books and articles.  We are thrilled that Sid has honored us by agreeing to accept the award, and we hope that you will join us for the celebration.

This year’s award ceremony will be held on May 2 on the Notre Dame campus.  Sid will be giving a public lecture prior to the award banquet.  At the banquet, several of his friends, colleagues and former students will be on hand to offer reflections on his work and influence on the field. 

In conjunction with the presentation of the McCarthy Award, the Center for the Study of Social Movements will also be hosting the sixth annual Young Scholars in Social Movements Conference on May 1st.  Advanced graduate students and recently minted PhD’s will be invited to present their work and receive feedback from the McCarthy Award winner and a distinguished panel of senior scholars in the field.  A call for nominations for the Young Scholars Conference will be issued in a separate announcement.

We hope that many of you will mark your calendars and plan to join us for these events.  Please be on the lookout for more information in the coming days and weeks—including instructions on how to apply for the Young Scholars Conference.  We will distribute the news on the CBSM listserv and also post the news on our Center’s website.


Rory McVeigh

Director, Center for the Study of Social Movements
Professor of Sociology
739 Flanner Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN  46556
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