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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 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 current members are invited to review the 2024 proposed resolutions and participate in the resolutions process.

Between June 15 to July 15, the proposed 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, with a rationale, and propose changes to and make recommendations regarding the resolution. The Board of Directors will review these comments and recommendations to determine whether changes are needed or the if the resolution should be tabled if there is a compelling reason to do so.

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.

Click here to view the 2024 Approved Statement.

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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