Distinguished Sociology of Religion Journal Article Award

Award Objective:

The ASR Distinguished Article Award will recognize the most outstanding journal article published in any issue of the preceding year’s volume of Sociology of Religion. (E.g.: The 2022 award was for the outstanding article that appeared in the 2021 journal.) The award identifies an article that offers an exceptional contribution to the sociological study of religion.


All articles published in the preceding year’s volume of Sociology of Religion will be considered for this award. No nominations are necessary.

Article Evaluation Criteria:

The committee will evaluate the quality of scholarship exhibited in the article, which may include (but is not limited to) theoretical, empirical, and methodological considerations. Additional consideration will be given to the significance of the article’s contribution to the sociological study of religion and to broader societal understandings of religion.


The award will be presented at the opening reception of the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion. The award includes a certificate of honor. The award recipient(s) need not be present at the meetings to accept the award, although participation in the meetings is welcome and encouraged.

Past Winners:

Amy Adamczyk, Jacqueline Scott, and Steven Hitlin. “Using Internet-Derived Data to Measure Religion: Understanding How Google Can Provide Insight into Cross-National Religious Differences.” 2022.

Timothy L. O’Brien and Shiri Noy, “Political Identity and Confidence in Science and Religion in the United States,” 2021

Andrew L. Whitehead, Samuel L. Perry, Joseph O. Baker, “Make America Christian Again: Christian Nationalism and Voting for Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election,” 2019

Jessica Barron, “Managed Diversity: Race, Place, and an Urban Church,” 2017

David Smilde and Matthew May, “Causality, Normativity, and Diversity in 40 Years of U.S. Sociology of Religion: Contributions to Paradigmatic Reflection,” 2016

Rahsaan Maxwell and Erik Bleich, “What Makes Muslims Feel French?,” 2015

Woodberry, Robert D., “The Missionary Roots of Liberal Democracy,” 2014