Research Committees

RC20 Best Paper Award

First edition: 2022.

The RC20 (Comparative Sociology) board is pleased to announce a Best Paper Award in comparative sociology. The award will honor an outstanding published work in comparative sociology by a member of RC20. Papers may be empirical or theoretical and may use quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods.

The winner will be announced at the RC20 Regional Conference on Comparative Sociology & the 2nd RC33 Regional Conference on Social Science Methodology: Asia (Tokyo, Japan, 12–16 September 2022, Japan Women’s University) and will receive a prize of 300€.


All RC20 members are eligible to submit a paper for consideration, or to nominate papers written by other members of the RC20. Submitted papers should be on a topic in comparative sociology, written in English, and published in a peer-reviewed journal no earlier than 1 January 2019. Forthcoming articles will be considered (please include the acceptance letter with your submission). In order for the paper to be considered, at least one of the authors should be an RC20 member.


To submit a paper, please send an electronic copy to Fumiya ONAKA, RC20 Executive Secretary, at

Submissions will open on March 11, 2022 and close on April 11, 2022.

Selection Criteria

Submissions will be judged by an award committee made up basically of RC20 board members excluding applicants. The winner will be chosen based on contribution to comparative sociology and effective writing and presentation.

Winning Paper of the 2022 Edition

  • Winning paper:

Sung Hee Ru. “Historical geographies of Korea’s incorporation: The rise of underdeveloped and modernized colonial port cities.” Journal of Historical Geography 76 (2022): 42-55.

  • Honorable mention:

Andrew Dawson. “The achilles heel of democracy? A macro cross-national assessment of the correlates of state legitimacy.” Social Science Research 97 (2021) 102574.

Future Plan

RC20 board is planning to continue with the paper award and give it approximately every two years.