Congratulations to Professor Rashawn Ray, who was named as the 2021 recipient of the American Sociological Association’s prestigious Public Understanding of Sociology Award.
“I am deeply humbled by my colleagues who nominated me for this. The nomination is rewarding in and of itself. Awards like these are rarely solo acts. Instead, I find they often represent a team of people who make things happen. Accordingly, I want to acknowledge my colleagues in The Lab for Applied Social Science Research where we work tirelessly to collect and analyze ground-breaking research, particularly on policing,” Ray said.
The award is given annually to an ASA member or group of members who have made exemplary contributions to advance the public understanding of sociology, sociological research, and scholarship among the general public.
Ray has received national recognition—both in academia and in the media—for his work on critical race theory, improving policing methods, understanding implicit biases, and promoting diversity and inclusion.
In addition to founding the Lab for Applied Social Science Research, Ray leads the BSOS Anti-Black Racism Initiative, has led the Critical Race Initiative, and also helped to design the Master’s of Professional Studies in Public Safety Leadership and Administration.
He frequently appears in national media outlets, including NPR and CNN, to discuss his research and the most important issues of the day.
“Rashawn works tirelessly to bring a deeper understanding of important issues concerning race, justice, and the need for systemic improvements in our society to the broadest possible audiences,” Dean Greg Ball said. “This is a well-deserved honor, and our community is proud of Rashawn’s work and of this recognition.”