See below for a list of the past SSSP Annual Meetings.


  Year Date City Location Program Theme


2023 August 18-20 Philadelphia, PA

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel

Same Problem, Different Day: Recognizing and Responding to Recurring Social Problems


2022 August 5-7 Los Angeles, CA

Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza

The Sociological Reimagination: From Moments to Momentum


2021 August 4-7 Chicago, IL

The Swissôtel (in-person meeting cancelled due to COVID-19; held fully virtual meeting)

Revolutionary Sociology: Truth, Healing, Reparations and Restructuring


2020 August 7-9 San Francisco, CA

Park Central Hotel (in-person meeting cancelled due to COVID-19; held virtual 1/2-day conference on August 7)

Bringing Hope Back In: Sociological Imagination and Dreaming Transformation


2019 August 9-11 New York, NY

The Roosevelt Hotel

Illuminating the Social in Social Problems


2018 August 10-12 Philadelphia, PA

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel

Abolitionist Approaches to Social Problems


2017 August 11-13 Montreal, Quebec Canada

Montreal Bonaventure Hotel

Narratives in the World of Social Problems: 
Power, Resistance, Transformation


2016 August 19-21 Seattle, WA

Westin Seattle Hotel

Globalizing Social Problems 


2015 August 21-23 Chicago, IL

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel

Removing the Mask, Lifting the Veil: Race, Class, and Gender in the 21st Century


2014 August 15-17 San Francisco, CA

The San Francisco Marriott Marquis

Fifty Years Later: From a War on Poverty to a War on the Poor


2013 August 9-11 New York City, NY

The Westin New York at Times Square

Re-imagining Social Problems: Moving Beyond Social Constructionism


2012 August 16-18 Denver, CO

Grand Hyatt Denver

The Art of Activism
61 2011 August 19-21 Las Vegas, NV Harrah's Las Vegas Hotel Service Sociology
60 2010 August 13-15 Atlanta, GA The Sheraton Atlanta Hotel Social Justice Work
59 2009 August 7-9 San Francisco, CA The Stanford Court Hotel Race, Ethnicity, and the Continuing Problem of the Color Line
58 2008 July 31-August 2 Boston, MA The Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers Crossing Borders: Activist Scholarship, Globalization, and Social Justice
57 2007 August 10-12 New York, NY The Roosevelt Hotel Research Matters: Creating Knowledge, Policy, and Justice
56 2006 August 10-12 Montreal, Quebec, Canada Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Building Just, Diverse, and Democratic Communities
55 2005 August 12-14 Philadelphia, PA Crowne Plaza Hotel Blowback: the Unintended Consequences of Social Problems Solutions
54 2004 August 13-15 San Francisco, CA Cathedral Hill Hotel The Culture of Social Problems: Power, People, and History
53 2003 August 15-17 Atlanta, GA Wyndham Hotel Justice and the Sociological Imagination: Theory, Research, Teaching, Practice & Action
52 2002 August 15-17 Chicago, IL W. Chicago City Center The Future of Social Problems
51 2001 August 17-19 Anaheim, CA West Coast Anaheim Hotel Celebrating Diversity and Protecting Human Rights
50 2000 August 11-13 Washington, D.C. Renaissance Mayflower Hotel Inventing Social Justice: SSSP and the 21st Century
49 1999 August 5-7 Chicago, IL The Swissôtel Citizenship in an Era of Globalization: Threats to and Struggles for Legal, Political, Social, and Cultural Rights
48 1998 August 20-22 San Francisco, CA The Hotel Nikko Committing Social Change: Breaking and Entering the Establishment
47 1997 August 8-10 Toronto, Ontario, Canada The Metropolitan Hotel Creating a Just World: Leadership for the Twenty-First Century
46 1996 August 15-17 New York, NY The Crowne Plaza Social Problems in the Public Eye
45 1995 August 18-20 Washington, D.C. The Stouffer Mayflower Troubled Times: the Problems and Prospects of Urban Society at the End of the Twentieth Century
44 1994 August 4-6 Los Angeles, CA The Biltmore Of Maps and Imaginations, Nature, Nuture, and Public Policy
43 1993 August 11-13 Miami, FL The Doral Ocean Beach Resort Social Problems in a Global Economy
42 1992 August 18-20 Pittsburg, PA The Marriott Greentree Hotel

Postmodernity as a Social Problem: Race, Class, Gender, and the New World Order

41 1991 August 21-23 Cincinnati, OH The Westin Hotel of Cincinnati Scholarship in Pursuit of the Just Society
40 1990 August 9-11 Washington, D.C. L'Enfant Plaza Hotel Coercion and Punishment: Creation or Cause of Social Problems
39 1989 August 6-8 Berkeley, CA Claremont Resort Hotel Social Problems as Social Movements: Defining and Mobilizing Reform
38 1988 August 21-23 Atlanta, GA Westin Peachtree Plaza Contradictions and Conflicts: Building a Healthy Society
37 1987 August 14-16 Chicago, IL The Bismark Hotel The Transformation of Work in Modern Society
36 1986 August 26-29 New York, NY New York Hilton Individual Initiative in an Interdependent World
35 1985 August 23-26 Washington, D.C. Shoreham Hotel Winding Down the Welfare State: Social Problems in an Era of Federal Devolution
34 1984 August 23-26 San Antonio, TX Mariott Hotel and San Antonio Convention Center Conflict and Inequality: Linkages in and Beyong the U.S.
33 1983 August 27-30 Detroit, MI Westin Hotel The Making of Social Problems: Social Construction and Maintenance of Social Problems Over Time
32 1982 September 3-6 San Francisco CA Sheraton-Palace Hotel Autonomy and Technique: How Far May We Go Before Solutions to All Problems Will Begin to Diminish Human Life?
31 1981 August 21-24 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Park Plaza Hotel National Issues, International Dilemmas, and the Reconstruction of Social Problems
30 1980 August 23-26 New York, NY Sheraton Centre Hotel Social Problmes as the International Nexus of Rebellion
29 1979 August 24-27 Boston, MA Park-Plaza Hotel Politics and the Production of Social Problems
28 1978 September 1-4 San Francisco, CA Sheraton-Palace Hotel Social Problems in an Interdependent World
27 1977 September 2-5 Chicago, IL The Drake Hotel We the People: the Politics fo Speaking in the Name of Society
26 1976 August 27-30 New York, NY The Roosevelt Hotel The Political Economy of Social Problems
25 1975 August 22-25 San Francisco, CA St. Francis Hotel The Way We Were
24 1974 August 23-26 Montreal, Canada McGill University Equal Rights
23 1973 August 24-27 New York, NY The Warwick Public Policy in a Society of Services
22 1972 August 25-28 New Orleans, LA Hotel Monteleone Presidential Address: The Social Problems of the University: To Crises of Legitimacy
21 1971 August 28-29 Denver, CO University of Denver, College of Law Law, Politics, and Social Science
20 1970 August 29-30 Washington, D.C. Sheraton-Park Hotel Social Constraints on Social Problems Research
19 1969 August 31-September 2 San Francisco, CA San Francisco-Hilton Hotel Social Problems, Social Policy, and Social Crisis
18 1968 August 24-27 Boston, MA Sheraton-Boston Hotel The Uses and Abuses of Social Research: The Perspectives of the Local Practitioner, Clientele, and Investigator
17 1967 August 26-29 San Francisco, CA San Francisco-Hilton Hotel Major Social Changes in Our Time
16 1966 August 27-28 Miami, FL Fountainebleau Hotel The Role of Force and Power in the Creation and Solution of Social Problems Research
15 1965 August 28-29 Chicago, IL Edgewater Beach Hotel Ethical Problems in Social Problems Research
14 1964 August 29-20 Montreal, Canada Sheraton-Mt. Royal Hotel Perspectives and Strategies
13 1963 August 23-25 Los Angeles, CA Statler-Hilton Hotel Toward a Unity of Theory, Research, and Action
12 1962 August 27-29 Washington, D.C. n/a n/a
11 1961 August 28-29 St. Louis, MO Chase Park Plaza Hotel The Emerging Applied Social Sciences: Opportunities and Problems
10 1960 August 27-29 New York, NY Governor Clinton Hotel Work and Leisure
9 1959 September 2-5 Chicago, IL Edgewater Beach Hotel n/a
8 1958 August 25-29 Seattle, WA University of Washington Implications of Government Spending
7 1957 August 26-29 Washington, D.C. Shoreham Hotel n/a
6 1956 September 6-9 Detroit, MI Slater Hotel The Interrelationships between Sociology and Social Work
5 1955 August 30-September 2 Washington, D.C. Shoreham Hotel n/a
4 1954 September 8-11 Urbana-Champaign, IL University of Illinois n/a
3 1953 August 29-September 1 Berkeley, CA n/a n/a
2 1952 September 4-6 Atlantic City, NJ Ritz Carlton n/a
1 1951 September 6 Chicago, IL Roosevelt College n/a