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Madonna Harrington Meyer (2016) won the Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar Award, Section on Aging and the Life Course (SALC), American Sociological Association (ASA).

Prema Kurien (2014) won the Contribution to the Field Award, Asian and Asian American section, American Sociological Association.

Publication Awards

Yingyi Ma (2019) co-edited book "Understanding International Students from Asia in American Universities: Learning and Living Globalization" (Springer 2018) won 2nd Place in the 2019 Best Award Category, by Comparative and International Education Society Study Abroad & International Students.


Janet M. Wilmoth, Andrew S. London, and Wendy M. Parker (2010). “Military Service and Men’s Health Trajectories in Later Life.”  Journal of Gerontology-Social Sciences 65B(6): 744-755. Designated the 65th Anniversary Celebration Article for this issue by the editors of the journal.  

Prema Kurien (2009) A Place at the Table: Multiculturalism and the Development of an American Hinduism Distinguished Book Award, Honorable Mention, Sociology of Religion section, American Sociological Association.

Madonna Harrington Meyer (2007) Market Friendly or Family Friendly? The State and Gender Inequality in Old Age won the Gerontological Society of America’s Kalish Book Award.

Andrew London (2006) article along with Lisa A. Gennetian, Greg Duncan, Virginia Knox, Wanda Vargas, Elizabeth Clark-Kauffman “How Welfare Policies Affect Adolescents’ School Outcomes: A Synthesis of Evidence from Experimental Studies” Journal of Research on Adolescence 14 (4): 399-423 was the Winner of the Society for Research on Adolescence’s Social Policy Award for Best Journal Article. Prema Kurien (2005) Multiculturalism and Ethnic Nationalism: The Development of an American Hinduism.”Social Problems, 51 (3): 362-385 won the Distinguished Article Award, Sociology of Religion section, American Sociological Association.

Prema Kurien (2005) “Multiculturalism and Ethnic Nationalism: The Development of an American Hinduism.” Social Problems, 51 (3): 362-385 won the Distinguished Article Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Prema Kurien (2003) Kaleidoscopic Ethnicity: International Migration and the Reconstruction of Community Identities in India. Book Award, Asia and Asian American section of the American Sociological Association. 

Fellowships and Visiting Professorships


Jennifer Karas Montez (2011-2013) Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar, Harvard University.

Gretchen Purser (2009-2010) President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, UC Office of the President.

Merril Silverstein (2006-2015) Visiting Professor, Aging Research Center, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

Prema Kurien (2006-2007) Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington D.C.

Amy Lutz (2006-2007) Social Science Research Council Research Fellowship with Children of Immigrants in Schools (CIS) Project, Centre Maurice Halbwachs- CNRS - Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France.

Janet Wilmoth (2005) Fellow, Gerontological Society of America.

Prema Kurien (2005-2006) Senior Short-Term Fellowship, American Institute of Indian Studies, “Transnationalism and the Mar Thoma Church.”

Madonna Harrington Meyer (2004) Fellow, Gerontological Society of America.

Amy Lutz (2002-2004) Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, The Johns Hopkins University, Department of Sociology & Center for Social Organization of Schools.

Cecilia Green (2001-2002) Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London.

Prema Kurien (2000-2001) Fellow, Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University. 

Cecilia Green (2000-2001) NEH-Schomburg Scholars-in-Residence Fellow, Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library (NYPL).

Prema Kurien (1999-2000) Pew Charitable Trusts, Research Fellowship.  

Merril Silverstein (1999) Fellow, Fulbright Senior Scholars Program (Stockholm, Sweden).

Merril Silverstein (1997) Fellow, Gerontological Society of America.

Merril Silverstein (1994) Fellow, Brookdale National Fellowship Program.

Prema Kurien (1994-1996) Postdoctoral Fellowship, New Ethnic and Immigrant Congregations Project, University of Illinois, Chicago.

Merril Silverstein (1989-1991) Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Southern California, Andrus Gerontology Center. National Institute on Aging, Multidisciplinary Training Program in Aging.

Teaching Awards

Jennifer Karas Montez (2019) Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award, Syracuse University.


Jackie Orr (2012) Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award, The Graduate School, Syracuse University.Madonna Harrington Meyer (2007) Named Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence at Syracuse University.

Jackie Orr (2002) Meredith Teaching Recognition Award, Syracuse University. 

Janet Wilmoth (2001) School of Liberal Arts Excellence in Education Award, Purdue University. Department of Sociology and Anthropology Outstanding Teaching Award, Purdue University.

Janet Wilmoth (1999) Teaching for Tomorrow Award, Department of Sociology and Anthropology Outstanding Teaching Award, Purdue University.

Janet Wilmoth (1998) Department of Sociology and Anthropology Outstanding Teaching Award, Purdue University.

Other Honors

Shannon Monnat (2019) was appointed as a member of the National Academies of Sciences Committee on Rising Midlife Mortality Rates and Socioeconomic Disparities.


Yingyi Ma (2014-2017) Inaugural O’Hanley Faculty Scholar, Maxwell School, Syracuse University for outstanding contributions in research, teaching, and service.

Merril Silverstein (2012) Marjorie Cantor Endowed Chair in Aging.

Janet Wilmoth (2008) Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship, Faculty and Staff Inspiration Award, Syracuse University.

Merril Silverstein (2008) Dean’s Outstanding Faculty Award, School of Gerontology, USC.

Andrew London (2004) Foundation Award for Outstanding Faculty Member (in recognition of contributions and dedication to fostering a campus climate that is fully inclusive and supportive of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community), Syracuse University.

Madonna Harrington Meyer (2003) was selected as one of two Young Leaders in Social Insurance by the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Journal Editorships

Jennifer Karas Montez (2019-2022) Deputy Editor, Demography.


Merril Silverstein (2010-2014) Editor, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences (through 2014).Madonna Harrington Meyer and Janet Wilmoth (2006) Editors, Special Issue of Research on Aging.

Leadership in Professional Associations