Clifford Geertz Award for Best Article, 2009
Philip D. Shelton Prize for Outstanding Legal Education Research, 2009
Distinguished Book Prize, American Sociological Association, 1999
Louis Brownlow Book Award, National Academy of Public Administration, 1999
Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, 2013–14
Espeland, W., and M. Sauder. Fear of Falling: How Media Rankings Changed Legal Education in America. New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2015.
Espeland, W. The Struggle for Water: Politics, Rationality, and Identity in the American Southwest. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1998.