Announcing the SSSP 2020 ½-day Virtual Annual Meeting
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and our concern for the health and safety of our members, the 2020 SSSP Annual Meeting in San Francisco has been canceled. The Board of Directors approved a ½-day virtual annual meeting on Friday, August 7 from 12:00pm–5:00pm (EDT). Click here for more information.
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.
SSSP End Racism Statement
The Society for the Study of Social Problems wishes to join millions of Americans, especially communities of color, in condemning the murder of George Floyd by four police officers, sworn to serve and protect the citizens of this country. The impunity with which these officers took Mr. Floyd’s life serves as a reminder that we are all complicit if we do not do everything in our power to end the systematic oppression of people of color in the United States. What we witnessed was, for all intents and purposes, a lynching on national television. This incident, along with the recent murders of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Aubrey in separate incidents, adds evidence to the long and intertwined histories of state-sanctioned murder of black Americans, systemic racism against all people of color, and white supremacy. These systemic injustices are particularly tragic as they occur at a time when communities of color are disproportionately experiencing death and disease from the COVID-19 pandemic. We would be remiss as well not to express concern about the threat of using the armed forces of the United States against citizens of the United States on their own soil and by their own military. The overwhelming majority of protesters, from every ethnic and racial group, have engaged in peaceful protest and acts of civil disobedience, even in the face of excessive force by the police. Protesters are not the enemy. The enemy is racism, and we all have a responsibility to root it out wherever it is embedded.
What Our Members Say
"The SSSP was the first professional conference at which I presented. I remember, twenty-five years later, the paper I presented, the way others embraced my ideas, challenged me and supported my work. Over the years, I have found SSSP a place to try out new ideas, get professional support, and connect with sociologists concerned with social justice and social action. And, now, I find hope and inspiration in the newer – younger – scholars that are bringing their activism, experiences, and insights to the fore. The SSSP continues to be a place through which we can dream transformation while engaging in the work of scholar activism."
Heather M. Dalmage, SSSP President 2019-2020
SSSP: 2019 Membership Survey Results Announced
Five years ago, the Board of Directors voted to conduct a membership survey every five years to assess how well the SSSP was meeting the needs of its members. Click here to view the cover letter written by Dr. Héctor L. Delgado, Executive Officer. Click here to view the results of the most recent survey. Please feel free to contact Dr. Delgado directly should you have any questions or concerns, . If your concerns require anonymity or confidentiality, he is happy to provide both.
In Pursuit of Social Justice
SSSP 2020 Proposed Resolutions
SSSP resolutions constitute an important opportunity for SSSP to take positions on a wide range of social issues, 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. All SSSP members are invited to review the proposed 2020 resolutions and participate in the resolutions process. Between June 15 and July 15, the resolutions will be available for review and comment by the Society’s membership. During this review period, current members can express online, their support or opposition to a resolution, and their reasoning. They can also propose changes to the resolution for the Board of Director's consideration and final disposition. If you’re not a current member, please click here to join or renew.
Click here to view the 2020 Proposed Resolutions.
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.
Click here to view the SSSP Statement and Policy against Discrimination and Harassment.