We are inviting nominations for the 2022 Robert K. Merton Award. The prize will be presented at the 14th International Network for Analytical Sociologists Conference (INAS) on May 26 & May 27, 2022 in Florence, Italy.

Nominations, including self-nominations, are encouraged for outstanding papers on any topic related to analytical sociology, published in print (or online for online-only journals) during 2020 and 2021.

Papers paying special attention to the following elements will be particularly appreciated: clear specification of explanatory mechanisms; well-defined empirical explanatory focus; careful research design; detailing connections between levels of analysis; innovative and transparent methodological procedures; and clarity in writing style.

Please send a copy of the nominated paper, together with a brief motivation to the committee chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. using “Nomination for the 2022 Merton Award” as the email subject.

Nominations for the 2022 award are accepted until April 15, 2022.

We look forward to receiving your nominations,

The Award Committee
  • Clemens Kroneberg (chair)
  • Hanno Kruse (last year winner)
  • Elizabeth Bruch
  • Javier Polavieja
  • Miranda Lubbers

You can download the original call here.


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The Robert K. Merton Award for the best paper in analytical sociology is an annual award announced at the annual INAS conference.

About the Robert K. Merton Award