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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

Donileen R. Loseke, 2016-2017 SSSP president

"The first article of the first issue of Social Problems in June, 1953 was titled "The Aims of the Society for the Study of Social Problems," by Ernest W. Burgess, the Society's first President. He offered two primary visions for SSSP: The Society would offer support to those working to understand and resolve social problems and it would promote scholarship that provided, "knowledge for sound social action." I have been a member of SSSP for many years and believe the people and the meetings continue to foster such a sense of both community and commitment to scholarship in pursuit of social justice. This I cherish." 

Donileen R. Loseke, SSSP President 2016-2017
University of South Florida

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Call for the next Editor of Social Problems

The Editorial and Publications Committee of the Society for the Study of Social Problems is soliciting applications for the position of Editor of the Society’s journal, Social Problems.

The Editor’s three-year term will begin with the operation of the new editorial office at mid-year 2018. The new editor will be responsible for editing and promoting Volumes 66-68 (years 2019-2021). An editor may be reappointed to a second and final term not to exceed three years with the approval of the Editorial and Publications Committee and the Board of Directors. Applicants must be members or become members of the SSSP by the time of their application and continue to be a member during their tenure as editor.

The Editor is responsible for managing the peer review process for approximately 400-500 submitted manuscripts per year, and preparing four issues of the journal (approximately 650 printed pages) annually. The editorial office manages the review process using the online services of ScholarOne/Manuscript Central and has responsibility for copy editing and proofreading in accordance with customary publishing standards. The editor will also work with relevant individuals and committees to promote the journal.

The committee seeks a diverse pool of editorial candidates with distinguished scholarly records, previous editorial experience (e.g., service as journal editor or associate editor, editor of scholarly editions, etc.), strong organizational and management skills, and the ability to work and communicate well with others, including with scholars in academic and non-academic settings. A familiarity with and commitment to Social Problems and the SSSP are essential.

The SSSP supports the operation of the editorial office with an annual budget and provides a stipend and travel expenses for the Editor. The Society encourages applicants to secure additional support from their respective institutions; however, the amount of that support will not be the primary factor in the selection of the new editor. The final decision will be based principally on the strength of the application and applicant. Support from the host institution may include office space, utilities, the use of computers and other office equipment, tuition waivers for office personnel (if appropriate), faculty release time, travel funds, and other basic expenses. Each year the Editor will submit a budget to SSSP to cover operating expenses that the host institution does not support.

Individuals interested in applying for the editorship should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a proposed budget for operating the Editorial Office, and a letter of support from their Department Chair, corresponding Dean of the prospective host institution, or appropriate official with budgetary authority. Guidance in the preparation of applications is available from the Editorial and Publications Committee as well as the current Social Problems Editor, the Executive Officer, and the Administrative Officer, if necessary.

Please direct all questions, inquiries, nominations, expressions of interest, and application materials to:

Corey Dolgon
Chair, SSSP Editorial and Publications Committee
W: 508-565-1904
E-mail:

Click here for a printable (pdf) version of the Call for Applications

For more information on the position, please see Section V. and Section VII. B. 2. A. of the SSSP Operations Manual.

Deadline for applications is January 15, 2017.

In Pursuit of Social Justice

2016 Approved 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.

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