Joining SSSP as a new member or renewing your existing membership offers many benefits including access to Social Problems which consistently ranks among the top journals in the social sciences, according to the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI).
Membership Information & Benefits
Anyone who is interested in or already involved in the application of critical, scientific, and humanistic perspectives to the study of vital social problems. SSSP is an interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students. If you are involved in scholarship or action in pursuit of a just society nationally or internationally, join SSSP. Membership is open to all who support SSSP's goals.
All SSSP members receive online access to the current and all previous issues of the journal, Social Problems. Members have the option of receiving hard copies of the journal for the membership year (back issues are not mailed for any issues already distributed). Members also receive notice of Social Problems Forum: The SSSP Newsletter. Social Problems Forum is published electronically three times year. Each member will receive a FREE division membership and student members will receive two FREE division memberships. Members may choose additional divisions at $10 each. Membership in the special problems divisions allows current members to vote in division elections and receive division unique newsletters. All current members receive a reduced rate to attend our Annual Meetings.
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For more information, see the Special Problems Divisions page.
SSSP memberships are based on a calendar year and run January 1 to December 31. Gross annual income should be used to determine the proper dues category. Please read all of the categories and select the one closest to your situation. Dues are payable to SSSP in U.S. currency. We accept checks, money orders, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Refund Policy: Membership dues are non-refundable.
- Life Members, Emeriti - these members enjoy all the benefits of SSSP membership but pay no annual dues - $0
- Undergraduate/Graduate/Unemployed - for members who are working on their Bachelors, Masters or Ph.D. in any discipline or are currently unemployed - $30
- Retired Member - for members who are retired - $45
- First Time Professional Member - for professionals who have not previously been members of SSSP, we invite you to take advantage of our 1 - year try us out membership - $45
- Professional Membership Categories based on Gross Annual Income:
$24,999 and under - $70
$25,000 - $34,999 - $90
$35,000 - $44,999 - $100
$45,000 - $54,999 - $120
$55,000 - $64,999 - $150
$65,000 - $74,999 - $170
$75,000 - $84,999 - $190
$85,000 - $99,999 - $210
$100,000 and up - $250
- Sustaining Membership - (formerly Life Membership) members enjoy all the benefits of SSSP membership without the annual dues - $1,700
- Departmental Membership - for those social science related departments who wish to receive the journal Social Problems and share 1 vote in business matters of the Society - $85
Mailing Fees for Members Living Outside the United States:
To help keep membership costs at a minimum we ask that members outside the U.S. pay a mailing fee. For SSSP members who reside outside the United States, a mail fee applies in the amount of $20 for members with mailing addresses in Canada and Mexico and $30 all others outside the United States. This fee is waived for members who opt out of receiving paper copies of Social Problems and Social Problems Forum: The SSSP Newsletter during member registration. Both publications are available electronically for members.
You may apply online via our secure website or print the form and mail in your dues. Click the following link to apply online: JOIN SSSP New Memberships and Renewals. Fill out the form, submit and you're done.
- Decide which Special Problems Divisions you are interested in. Remember: members and departmental memberships get 1 free and student members get 2 free, additional divisions cost $10 each.
- Find your membership category and income category.
- Decide if you wish to contribute to one of the tax deductable funds that help support SSSP members (a list and descriptions are below).
Complete the Membership Application Form and enclose payment.
If you choose to mail in your dues, it is just as easy. Just complete the online application. When you are done, you have the option to print an invoice, which you can mail or fax to the SSSP Administrative Office with your credit card information.
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- Accessibility Services: Established in 2010 in order to help meet accessibility needs at the Annual Meeting.
- C. Wright Mills Award: Established in 1964, this annual award is given to the author of the book published in the past year that best exemplifies outstanding social science research and an understanding of the individual and society in the tradition of the distinguished sociologist, C. Wright Mills. The designated funds and future contributions will be used to pay a $500 stipend to the author.
- Erwin O. Smigel Award: Established in 1976 to expand employment opportunities in the field of sociology. The designated funds and future contributions will be used to develop information for unemployed and underemployed colleagues in their efforts to find work and to enable such colleagues to attend the annual meeting.
- Joseph B. Gittler Award: Established in 2007 by an endowment from the Joseph B. Gittler estate. This award is made in recognition of the significant scholarly achievements that a SSSP member has made in contributing to the ethical resolution of social problems.
- Lee Founders Award: Established in 1981, this annual award recognizes significant achievements that consistently promote the ideals of the founders of the Society and especially to the humanistic tradition, as exemplified in the contributions of Alfred McClung Lee and Elizabeth Briant Lee. The designated funds and future contributions will be used to purchase a plaque for the winner.
- Lee Scholar Support Fund: This annual fund was established in 1992 with a minimum of $2,000 from the Society’s funds. The designated funds and future contributions will be used to emphasize support for scholars from economically disadvantaged countries where access to foreign exchange is often more limited to attend the annual meeting.
- Lee Student Support Fund: This annual fund was established in 1992 with a minimum of $2,000 from the Society’s funds. The designated funds and future contributions will be used to help defray the cost of conference participation for student members.
- Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship: Established in 1995, this annual fund is given for support of graduate study and commitment to a career of scholar activism. The designated funds and future contributions will be used to provide scholarships to the winners.
- SSSP General Fund: The money that is presently on deposit and future contributions will be used to fund activities of the Society.
- Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award: Established in 1990, this award is given annually to an organization in the area where the Society holds its annual meeting. The designated funds and future contributions will be used to pay a $1,000 award to the organization selected that has a history of challenging social inequalities, promoting social change, and/or working toward the empowerment of marginalized people.
*The above uses for each fund are currently in place but are subject to change based on the Society’s needs as determined by the Board of Directors.
- Sustaining Membership (formerly Life Membership): Established in 2000, this option allows members the opportunity to pay $1,700 for a sustaining membership. One hundred dollars of the $1,700 is recorded as dues payment in the year that the individual becomes a sustaining member. The remaining money that is presently on deposit and future contributions will be placed in an interest and dividend bearing account, and is not refundable or capable of being passed on to another person. The yearly dues of sustaining members will be paid from the account’s earnings.
The C. Wright Mills Award is for an exceptional book published during the past year. The Erwin O. Smigel Award helps unemployed and underemployed colleagues attend the annual meeting. The Joseph B. Gittler Award recognizes the significant scholarly achievements that a SSSP member has made in contributing to the ethical resolution of social problems. The Lee Founders Award is for significant achievement in the humanistic tradition of the Lee's. The Lee Scholar Support Fund gives particular attention to scholars from economically disadvantaged countries where access to foreign exchange is often more limited to attend the annual meeting. The Lee Student Support Fund helps defray the cost of conference participation for student members. The Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship is given annually for support of graduate study and commitment to a career of scholar activism. The SSSP General Fund is used to support the broad purposes of the society, without restriction. The Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award is given to an organization working for social justice in the vicinity of the annual meeting.
For more information, see the awards & scholarships page.