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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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Search for the New SSSP Executive Officer - Application Deadline: October 15, 2022

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), an interdisciplinary and international community of scholars, activists, practitioners, and students committed to social justice through social research, seeks applications for the position of Executive Officer, to begin as early as January 2023 (no later than May 2023).

In coordination and consultation with the Board of Directors and the Administrative Officer and Meeting Manager, the Executive Officer:

  • Ensures that the vision and mission of the Society is clear and guides the actions of the organization.
  • Oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization.
  • Serves as the organization’s chief ambassador and organizational leader.
  • Assesses the personnel needs of the organization.
  • Ensures that the Society’s flagship journal, Social Problems, receives the support required to remain one of the top journals in the discipline.
  • Cultivates relationships with other organizations engaged in social justice work.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities, as outlined in the detailed description of the Executive Officer’s position posted on the SSSP website www.sssp1.org/.

Candidates for the position must familiarize themselves with these duties and responsibilities, be committed to the SSSP’s purposes and policies, including an expressed commitment to diversity, and work to ensure a safe, welcoming, and supportive space for all members, staff of the organization, and the staff of the venues at which the Society’s meetings are held, as outlined in the Society’s Anti-harassment Policy (click here to access policy). Applicants must also be bondable, which requires passing a background check required by the Society’s insurer.

The position is part-time, requiring an average of 10 hours a week (quarter time), with the months leading up to the August meeting possibly requiring more than 10 hours. The position will be for a three-year term, with an annual evaluation by the Board, and with the option to renew at the end of the third year. The Executive Officer is compensated with an annual salary of $25,000, fringe benefits, job-related travel funds, and release from one course (with approval from employer) for an applicant who is in an academic position.

Interested SSSP members in good standing with the Society may apply by submitting a letter of interest and a CV. Applications must be sent to the SSSP’s Administrative Officer and Meeting Manager, Michele Koontz, at mkoontz3@utk.eduApplications received by October 15, 2022, will receive full consideration. Finalists for the position will be notified no later than December 1. As a social justice organization, the SSSP seeks a diverse applicant pool for the position.

Click here to review the Job Description.

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.

Click here if you would like to make an ANONYMOUS report regarding behavior that violates the anti-harassment policy. See the policy to make a formal report and additional reporting options.

2022 SSSP Proposed Resolutions

The proposed resolution will be discussed during the Society’s Business Meeting on Friday, August 5 from 10:30am-11:45am (Pacific 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. The resolution will pass if two-thirds of the members voting online by the deadline vote in favor of the resolution. Abstentions will be counted as no votes. 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 2022 Proposed Resolutions.

What Our Members Say

Heather Dalmage

"My earliest memory of SSSP is as a graduate student. It was an inviting and exciting place to be. It was a place where ideas based on scholarship were at the center of all discussions but most striking was that all the conversations included how to use our findings to make the world better. To this awe-struck graduate student, it was the most exciting thing ever – research findings were going to make the world more just and fairer.  

Fast forward to 2021, after a stint working on Chicago’s west side, North Lawndale to be exact, 20 years as a faculty member, and now as Director of Research for The Latino Policy Forum in Chicago, I find myself not only using research to influence policy, but I am also honored to be the President of the organization that first showed me that research, activism, and change could and should be conjoined."

Noreen M. Sugrue, SSSP President 2021-2022
The Latino Policy Forum and The Council of International Neonatal Nurses

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SSSP Sociologists in the Public Square

SSSP’s mission includes advancing sociological research while also promoting the contributions and uses of sociology in society. This site will showcase members' non-peer reviewed writings, legislative testimony, media appearances, podcasts, op-eds, letters to the editor, and blog writings in local, state, national, and international arenas.

Allow us to highlight and celebrate your recent achievements in the public square. Please email the relevant information, including links, to the GRA & Webmaster at ssspgra@utk.edu.

*Works will remain posted for 3 months.

Noreen M. Sugrue has published an op-ed titled The Failures of Post-Roe Mainstream Media in The Edge Media.
Posted: 7/12/2022

Noreen M. Sugrue has published an op-ed titled Tears of Joy and Hope Turn to Tears of Despair in The Edge Media.
Posted: 6/28/2022

Erica Jablonski has posted a blog post (It’s Time to Acknowledge the Increasing Number of Young Caregivers – Carework Network Responds). This blogpost on The Carework Network webpage provides a brief introduction, statistics, and links to further information about some of the most "invisible" caregivers among us.
Posted: 6/17/2022

Erica Jablonski has posted a blog post (Combatting Increased Risks of Elder Abuse during the COVID-19 Pandemic – Carework Network Responds). This blogpost on The Carework Network webpage provides a brief introduction, statistics, and links to further information about the increased risks of elder abuse as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Posted: 6/17/2022

Michael O. Johnston is a podcast host on New Books in Sociology. Most recently, he has conducted interviews with Robert E. Gutsche Jr. (The Future of the Presidency, Journalism, and Democracy: After Trump, published by Routledge, 2022),  Christopher Ali (Farm Fresh Broadband: The Politics of Rural Connectivity,
MIT Press, 2021), and Scott Timcke (Algorithms and the End of Politics: How Technology Shapes 21st Century American Life, Bristol University Press, 2021). I also have several more author-interviews scheduled for this summer and upcoming fall semester.
Posted: 6/1/2022

Myra Marx Ferree published an essay in Gender Policy Report on “Abortion and Privacy” which reviews the limitations of privacy-based rights in Roe and suggests why a campaign for an Equal Rights Amendment might be a strategy for overturning the Dobbs approach to overturning Roe. Click here to view the essay. 
Posted: 5/26/2022

Mary Bernstein had a full length feature article published in the Boston Review.
Posted: 5/23/2022

Mary Bernstein testified against a "Stand Your Ground" bill proposed in Connecticut and part of her testimony was picked up by the news.
Posted: 5/23/2022

Karlyn Gorski's work has been featured in Education Week.
Posted: 5/23/2022

Nora Gross has produced two short documentary films that emerge from the themes of my academic research and that have been screened at various community, religious, and university contexts. 
Posted: 5/23/2022

Joya Misra and Kyla Walters published an opinion editorial, "Store credit cards generate corporate profits and disgruntled workers" in The Conversation on April 22, 2022.
Posted: 5/23/2022

As team members of the Project for Sanitation Justice, SSSP members Megan Welsh Carroll and Adriana Rios, alongside Madison Swayne and Rebekah O’Donnell, recently released a report assessing the availability of public restrooms in San Diego County. 
Posted: 5/16/2022

Gina Longo has published an op-ed in the the Richmond-Times Dispatch.
Posted: 5/13/2022

Raul Perez recently published an article in the Washington Post which is related to their new book coming out this summer. 
Posted: 5/13/2022

Kim Michele Phillips was interviewed by Christine Erickson from New Legacy Radio about their research on single, never-married, childfree women and my paper on single women in film “Centering Single, Childfree Women of Color & Single Women in Film.” 
Posted: 5/13/2022

Gregory Squires has been appointed as a regular columnist for Social Policy, a quarterly magazine focused on organizing for social and economic justice.
Posted: 5/13/2022

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