Call for papers: Erik Olin Wright Prize, 2023 (for graduate or professional students)


Erik Olin Wright (1947-2019) was an inspiring teacher, devoted colleague, astute critic and brilliant scholar in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison for 42 years. His intellectual preoccupations ranged from the analysis of class to the study of real utopias. He engaged theories of the state, economic sociology, and social inequality, always motivated by an explicit commitment to social justice. In all these areas he made substantial contributions to the Marxist tradition as well as to sociology.

The Erik Olin Wright Prize ($1,000) is awarded annually by the Havens Wright Center for Social Justice for a paper by a graduate or professional student that best exemplifies the concerns that animated Wright’s work. The inaugural award was made in 2022.

Eligible submissions can come from any of the social sciences, history, or philosophy, and any professional discipline. Two documents are required:

  • The student work to be considered. This can be no more than 15,000 words (excluding references but including footnotes).
  • A nominating letter from a faculty member familiar with the student’s work.

Submissions, in whole or in part, may be sent between March 1 and April 15, and should be sent to The winner will be announced publicly on the Havens Wright Center website and via the Havens Wright Center mailing list each August.