Eric Shoemaker Awarded Inaugural Erik Olin Wright Prize

Published: August 4, 2022

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Congratulations to Eric Shoemaker, a PhD candidate in the department, for winning the inaugural Erik Olin Wright Prize from the Havens Wright Center for Social Justice at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Shoemaker, who earned his JD from the University of Toronto in 2020 and specializes in democratic theory and philosophy of law, took the prize with his essay “A Justification for Political Random Selection Based on Democratic Equality.”

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 at 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 ($1K) 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.