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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.

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

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 2022 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 table if there is a compelling reason to do so.

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 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

Danielle Slakoff, Evan Douglas, and Jason A. Smith together published “White Supremacy, Revisionist History, and Masked Vigilantes: Understanding HBO’s Watchmen Through the Eyes of Cultural Critics/Writers.” Howard Journal of Communications. Open Access for 30-days.
Posted: 6/7/2022

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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