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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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Virtual Event: SSSP Justice 21 Committee Webinar: A Panel Discussion: Social Problems in the Age of COVID-19

Please join the Center for Social Science Research (CSSR) on January 28, 2021 (12:00-1:15 EST) for a lively conversation with SSSP Justice 21 Committee members, Kristen Budd, David Lane, Glenn Muschert, Jason Smith and SSSP President Corey Dolgon as they offer sociological insight and understanding of COVID-19’s impact on social problems, both old and new, and offer recommendations for action by citizens, elected officials, policy makers, and the public.

Click here to register for the event. For more information about the event and panelists, please visit the CSSR website (https://cssr.gmu.edu/events/11653).

SSSP In-person Annual Meeting is cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic - Join us for the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting

In light of the American Sociological Association’s (ASA) cancellation of their in-person annual meeting in Chicago, and given our concern for our members’ health and safety, the Board of Directors has decided to cancel the SSSP’s in-person 2021 Annual Meeting, and move to an all-virtual meeting. This move is facilitated by the fact that we were planning for a hybrid meeting, with both in-person and virtual sessions, but this pivot still requires substantial work that has already started. As the planning for the virtual meeting proceeds, we will be in touch periodically with updates and details.

We are all disappointed, given the importance of an in-person meeting to the Society and its members, but we believe that this is in the best interest of the organization, its members, and staff. Please stay safe.

SSSP End Racism Statement

Heather DalmageThe 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

Heather Dalmage

"I first came to SSSP in 1997, through the Association for Humanist Sociology [AHS]. AHS was the group Betty and Al Lee built after leaving SSSP for becoming too much like ASA—'enmeshed deeply in the bureaucratic, technocratic, plutocratic, and imperialistic structure of our society.' I felt then as I do now, that SSSP has the potential to be a radical professional base for people engaged in scholar activism. But we must support and challenge each other, work hard and reflect harder together, and stay committed, be vigilant and find joy with one another, if radical social change is our mission and sociology our method. I continue to ask the same question the Lees did back in 1954: can sociology 'be the brash, young, vital, productive, unsettling, even revolutionary pursuit it has been in its most valuable periods?'”

Corey Dolgon, SSSP President 2020-2021
Stonehill College

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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, hector.delgado49@gmail.com. If your concerns require anonymity or confidentiality, he is happy to provide both.

In Pursuit of Social Justice

SSSP 2020 Approved Resolutions

Resolutions constitute an important opportunity for our scholar-activist membership to analyze and offer their opinions on contemporary social problems that we believe the Society should address as a social justice organization. All SSSP members are invited to participate in the resolutions process. Click here to view the 2020 Approved 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.

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