Sociology professor wins ASA book award

Author: Ashley Rowland

Trade Battles: Activism and the Politicization of International Trade Policy

A 2018 book co-authored by Tamara Kay, a Notre Dame associate professor of global affairs and sociology, has been named co-winner of an award given by the American Sociological Association.

Trade Battles: Activism and the Politicization of International Trade Policy (Oxford University Press), co-authored by Kay and R.L. Evans, received the Charles Tilly Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award from the organization’s Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section.

The book examines how activists fought the North American Free Trade Agreement and subsequent trade agreements, providing a deeper understanding of the role civil society plays in shaping state policy.

Kay, who researches and teaches in the Keough School of Global Affairs and the Department of Sociology, specializes in topics including regional economic integration, transnationalism, NGOs, and policy formation. Her article "Social Enterprise is Not Social Change" (Stanford Social Innovation Review) was also recognized as one of the 10 most popular SSIR articles of 2018.

According to the ASA, the Tilly award was established in 1986 to honor a publication that has provided a significant contribution to the field.

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