Outstanding Achievement Award for Gary T. Marx

Gary T Marx Wins Surveillance Studies Network Outstanding Achievement Award

It is our pleasure to announce that Professor Gary T Marx has won the 2014 Surveillance Studies Network Outstanding Achievement Award. Professor Marx was nominated for the award by Professors Colin Bennett, David Lyon and Val Steeves. They spoke not only of his enormous achievements as a scholar but also of his kindness, collegiality, mentorship and his never-ending sense of humour.

Gary’s monograph Undercover, which received the Outstanding Book Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, set the benchmark for studies of police surveillance when it was published in 1988.  The excellence of his scholarship has been recognized by awards such as the American Sociological Association’s Jensen Lecturer for 1989-1990, the Distinguished Scholar Award from the ASA’s section on Crime, Law and Deviance, the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association, the Bruce C. Smith Award for research achievement, the W.E.B. Dubois medal, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems.  He now has another to add to his collection.

Colin Bennett writes:

Gary Marx’s voice is unique in surveillance studies, and sociology more generally.  He has never been afraid to push the boundaries of social inquiry, not by developing new theories, metaphors or models, but by patiently amassing a staggering variety of facts, stories, cases, incidents, and anecdotes and by trying to make some sense of the bewildering, staggering and increasing propensity for surveillance in the contemporary world.

The award will be made at the 6th Biannual Surveillance and Society conference in Barcelona. The conference takes place on the 24th – 26th April 2014.  Congratulations, Gary!