Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award

The nomination deadline for the 2024 Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award is April 1, 2024.


Since 1991 the SSSP has given an award to an organization in the city hosting the annual meeting for its social justice work. In 2009, the award was named in honor of Thomas C. Hood, who retired as Executive Officer after serving the Society in that capacity for 19 years. The award carries a stipend of $5,000. Past winners of this award can be found here.


The Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award is awarded to a local grassroots social justice organization in the metropolitan area of the city in which the annual meeting is held that year. When the annual meeting is held in the United States, the area includes the Metropolitan Statistical Area as defined by the U.S. Bureau of Census.


While the recipient can be an organization in the Montréal area that engages in direct service work, preferred recipients for the Social Action Award will be organizations that also work at the level of systems change. The organization may not be a local or regional chapter of a national or international organization, and must be one that will benefit significantly from the award. The nomination of organizations that include directly impacted people and communities in leadership positions and decisions are also encouraged.

The award is a fitting expression of the overall purpose of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, which is concerned with applying scientific methods and theories to the study of social problems. SSSP aims to bring together scholars, practitioners, and advocates to examine and understand social problems in order to further solutions and develop social policy based on knowledge.

All online nominations must be submitted online no later than April 1, 2024. The 2024 award will be presented at the 74th Annual Meeting in Montréal, Canada, August 9-11, 2024.

Please address all questions to:

Dr. Jan Doering, Chair
Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award Committee