What are divisions? Within SSSP, there are twenty-three subgroups organized around specific topics, interests, or subdisciplines, called Divisions. The Divisions:

    • Shape the annual meeting of the Society by organizing paper sessions and panels.
    • Provide an opportunity for scholars to present their work to other scholar advocates
    • Offer an opportunity to meet others who have similar research/action interests.
    • Open the door to positions of responsibility in the Society for the Study of Social Problems.
    • Division chairpersons form the nominating committee for the major officers of the Society.

How do I become an active member of a division? Each member will receive a FREE division membership and student members will receive two FREE division memberships. Members may choose additional memberships at $10 each.  As a divisional member, you may:

  • Read and contribute to divisional newsletters;
  • Attend divisional business meetings at the annual meeting;
  • Vote for chairperson or run for office; and
  • Participate in the informal exchange and cooperation in social problems research.


If you have questions about SSSP Divisions, please contact the Administrative Office at .