The deadline to nominate books for the 2013 C. Wright Mills Award was December 15, 2013.

Please check back in the fall of 2014 for information on the 2014 C. Wright Mills Award. See below for general information on the award.


Each year, members of the Society are encouraged to submit letters of nomination for this prestigious annual award. Self nominations are acceptable. Edited volumes, textbooks, fiction and self-published works are not eligible.

The C. Wright Mills Award, established in 1964, is made annually and carries with it a stipend of $500 for the author(s) of the winning book.


C. Wright Mills wrote in The Power Elite that: “Only when mind has an autonomous basis, independent of power, but powerfully related to it, can mind exert its force in the shaping of human affairs. This is democratically possible only when there exists a free and knowledgeable public, to which [people] of knowledge may address themselves, and to which [people] of power are truly responsible.” Consistent with Mills' dedication to a search for a sophisticated understanding of the individual and society, the award will be given for that book published in 2012 that most effectively:

1) critically addresses an issue of contemporary public importance,

2) brings to the topic a fresh, imaginative perspective,

3) advances social scientific understanding of the topic,

4) displays a theoretically informed view and empirical orientation,

5) evinces quality in style of writing,

6) explicitly or implicitly contains implications for courses of action


Review the list of the past winners of the C. Wright Mills Award.


The Society for the Study of Social Problems established the C. Wright Mills Award in 1964. The C. Wright Mills Award is one of the most prestigious awards given in the area of social science research. We encourage you to nominate appropriate publications. Please note that eligible books must bear a copyright date that corresponds to the award year (i.e. to be considered for the 2014 award, a book must bear a 2014 copyright date).

The online nomination form for the 2014 C. Wright Mills Award will be available in the fall of 2014.