Sussman Prize

Department News
Student Awards and Recognition
February 22, 2018

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2018 Sussman Prize is Shai Dromi. This prize has been awarded annually since 1994 be the graduate student whose dissertation, completed within the previous two academic years, is judged to the most outstanding. Dromi’s thesis made use of archival research to document the religious origins of the International Red Cross in Geneva. Drawing on the Yale Strong Program in Cultural Sociology as well as on theorists generally seen as competing with that paradigm, he tells a story in which sacred beliefs spurred the later emergence of multiple secular fields associated with global humanitarianism. This path breaking study is under contract with the University of Chicago Press. Dromi is currently a College Fellow at Harvard University. In addition to his thesis work he has published in journals such as Sociological Theory, The Sociological Review, Sociological Inquiry and Sociological Forum. Dromi recently expressed, “I am honored to receive the Sussman Prize, and am looking forward to delivering my lecture at the Department in April.”