Awards

Activism and Social Justice Division

Interest Group Awards

Listed here are awards given by the Interest Group to its members. Interests Groups are smaller communities within NCA's large membership that provide a range of resources including networking opportunities, Annual Convention programming, leadership opportunities, awards, and specialized information dissemination channels, among others.

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Activism and Social Justice Community Engagement Award

Year Award Winner
2022 No Recipient
2021 Sahar Khamis, University of Maryland
2020 Shardé M. Davis, University of Connecticut

Activism and Social Justice Pedagogy Award

Year Award Winner
2022 Satarupa Dasgupta, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Fresno
2021 Sergio Juárez, California State University, Fresno
2020 No Recipient

Activism and Social Justice Scholarly Influence Award

Year Award Winner
2022 No Recipient
2021 No Recipient
2020 Leandra Hernandez, Utah Valley University

Graduate Student Activist Award 

Year Award Winner
2022 Savannah Greer Downing, University of Georgia
2021 Primavera L. Martinez, California State University, Fresno
2020 Joy Melody Woods, Univerity of Texas at Austin

Top Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2022 “#NeverAgain Means Never Again For Anyone: Jewish Memory And Legitimizing Radical Protest,” Michael F. Klajbor-Smith, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2021 “‘Sixteen Shots and a Cover-Up!’: News Media Discourse of Chicago’s Fight for Police Reform” Stephanie Kaczynski, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2020 "At the intersection of method and empowerment: Lessons from a pilot Photovoice study among Human Trafficking Survivors" Sue Lockyer, San Francisco State University; Christopher "CJ" Koenig, San Francisco State University

2019

(tie)

"Oscillating Scale and Articulating Regions: Exploring Power Geometries as a Genre of Activist Rhetoric in People’s Tribune’s Coverage of Benton Harbor, Michigan" Joshua Paul Ewalt, University of Utah

2019

(tie)

"Reimagining Activism as Combative" Billie Murray, Villanova University

2018

(tie)

"Blurring the Boundaries, Balancing the Tensions: Examining Self-Identity, Risks, Challenges, and Opportunities for Communication Scholar-Activists" Srividya "Srivi" Ramasubramanian, Texas A&M University; Alexandra Sousa, Texas A&M University

2018

(tie)

"“ASHÉ!:” A Media Ecology of the 2015 University of Missouri Protests" Christina R. Foust, University of Denver; Paige Alfonzo, University of Denver
2017 "Making Claims that Matter: Heuristics for Theoretical and Social Impact in Qualitative Research" Timothy Paul Huffman, Saint Louis University; Sarah Jane Tracy, Arizona State University
2016 "Policing a Climate for Change: The Architecture of Consensus at the 2014 People’s Climate March" Nicholas S. Paliewicz, University of Louisville

Top Student Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2022 “Platform Coloniality: Facebook at the Intersection of Capitalism and Nation-State Internal Colonialism,” Mohammad Salih, University of Pennsylvania
2021 “#YellowPeril Supports Black Power: Performing Affective Memory Work for Solidarity,” Yena Kang, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
2020 "Between social justice scholarship and activism: A methodological toolkit for racial outsiders," Jeff Tischauser, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2019

(tie)

"Calling-Out vs. Calling-In: The Internal Rhetoric of Activist Counterpublics," Joshua Ratel- Khan, Syracuse University

2019

(tie)

"Advocating for a Decolonizing Reframing of 'Youth Bullying,'" Carmen Hernandez-Ojeda, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
2018 "Archival Ashes: Nostalgia, Video, and Queer Remains," Amrut Mishra, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2017 "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Rhetorical Strategies for Environmental Protection and Cultural Resistance in the Dakota Access Pipeline Movement," Rachel Elizabeth Presley, Ohio University
2016 "'A Global Environmental Movement that Protects Us All': Whiteness, Racial Scripts, and the Southwest Organizing Project’s (SWOP) Letter to the Group of Ten," Christopher Scott Thomas, University of Iowa