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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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SSSP Anti-Harassment Policy

If you are a member of the SSSP, or considering membership, please read this policy carefully. We want to assure members that we will do what we can to provide them with a safe environment in which they will be free to pursue their intellectual interests and engage other members in spirited, stimulating, and productive intellectual exchanges.

View the SSSP Statement and Policy against Discrimination and Harassment. Make an anonymous report regarding behavior that violates the anti-harassment policy. 

Action and Activism

SSSP Statement on Campus Protests (4/30/24)

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) condemns the actions taken by police agents and university leaders in response to pro-Palestinian campus protests around the country. We unequivocally support academic freedom, free speech, and the right to peaceful protest. 

Click here to view the full approved statement. 
SSSP Comment on Removal of Sociology from General Education in Florida (12/14/2023)

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) submitted a comment to the Florida Board of Governors objecting to the removal of sociology from the state’s general education core course options.

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2024 SSSP Proposed Resolutions

The proposed resolution will be discussed during the Society’s Business Meeting on Friday, August 9 from 10:30am-11:45am (Eastern Time). Up to thirty minutes will be allocated to a discussion in favor of or in opposition to the proposed resolution. At this juncture, resolutions cannot be modified. The purpose of the discussion will be to seek clarification or to try to convince others to vote for or against the resolution. That discussion will be moderated by the Vice President, with the assistance of the Executive Officer, if needed. Every effort will be made to allow time for the discussion of the resolution being considered, with equal time to those in support of and those in opposition to the resolution.

Immediately after the Society’s Annual Business Meeting, current members will vote online for or against the resolution, or abstain. The voting period will be two weeks. A resolution will pass if two-thirds of the members voting online by the deadline vote in favor of the resolution. The final results of the vote shall be reported to the Committee on Social Action and the Board of Directors, and published as early as possible on the Society’s website. If you are not a current member, please click here to join or renew.

Click here to view the 2024 Proposed Resolutions.

2024 SSSP Approved Statements

Thank you to those who voted on the SSSP Statements – January 2024. 277 votes were cast; 21% of the membership participated in the election. Proposed Statement 2 and the General Item: "SSSP should issue a statement on the violence happening in Palestine and Israel" passed, but Proposed Statement 1 did not pass.

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What Our Members Say

Dr. Mary Bernstein

"SSSP’s importance as a professional organization lies in its mission to create cutting edge, empirically sound research that contributes to reducing inequality and injustice in the world. As someone who entered the world of academia believing that education and research are the best tools for fostering a more fair, just, and equal world, I’ve found a home in SSSP. As a community of scholars committed to using sociological theory backed by empirical research to find solutions to social problems, SSSP is truly unique."

Dr. Mary Bernstein, SSSP President 2023-2024, University of Connecticut

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