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Who We Are

We are an interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students interested in the application of critical, scientific, and humanistic perspectives to the study of vital social problems. 

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What Our Members Say

Anna Maria Santiago, 2013-2014 SSSP president

"My affiliation with SSSP began with a serendipitous invitation in 1988 to serve on the Editorial Board of Social Problems.  Numerous invitations followed including the privilege of serving SSSP as President during this upcoming year. What has continued to draw me over the past 25 years is SSSP’s commitment to supporting scholars, activists, practitioners and students who are interested in research, teaching or service aimed at building a more just society.  In SSSP, I found support to engage in research that was rigorous as well as socially meaningful.  I am proud to belong to an organization that has served as the primary professional vehicle expanding the study of social problems for more than 60 years.  SSSP and its members have done this by affirming the relevance of applied research and praxis, by encouraging critical scholarship and debate on a constantly evolving array of social issues, and through the inclusion of diverse, interdisciplinary and international voices on these issues.  Through our annual meetings, special problems divisions, and networking with members, SSSP offers numerous opportunities for scholar-activists to meet like-minded colleagues; to be encouraged in their pursuit of scholarship that makes a difference; to actively shape the scholarly discourse on social issues; to participate in the organization in a variety of roles; and to receive ongoing mentoring that supports professional development."

Anna Maria Santiago, SSSP President 2013-2014
Case Western Reserve University

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In Pursuit of Social Justice

2014 Proposed Resolutions

SSSP resolutions constitute an important opportunity for our scholar-activist membership to publicly declare their sentiments, thereby creating a channel for greater visibility and more direct influence upon a variety of “publics,” i.e., fellow activists, scholars, students, decision-makers, social action groups, voters, and others.

Click here to view the 2014 Proposed Resolutions.