Latest SSSP News

October 22, 2020

Renew your SSSP Membership

SSSP membership offers many benefits including access to Social Problems which consistently ranks among the top journals in the social sciences, according to the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). Stay up to date on the latest news and gain access to a host of professional networking opportunities by renewing your membership today! By renewing your membership today, you will also be able to take advantage of the recently Board approved “Buy One, Get One” Promotion for Divisional Memberships.

Membership Renewal

10/22/2020, 01:12 PM


October 20, 2020

November issue of Social Problems is now available

The November issue of Social Problems is now available on the SSSP website for all members. Please visit our website at or follow the members-only link below for complimentary electronic access. All issues from 1953 - current are available. Members are required to login using your e-mail and password. If you have forgotten your password, you may enter your e-mail address below the log-in area and your password will be e-mailed to you. If you have recently changed your e-mail address, you will need to log in using the address SSSP has on file for you. If you have any questions or need assistance, please e-mail


Online Access for Members

10/20/2020, 02:37 PM


October 16, 2020

The 2021 Call for Papers is Now Available

The Call for Papers for the 2021 Annual Meeting is now live! We are excited to be adding up to 60 virtual sessions in addition to our usual in-person sessions. View the Student Paper Competitions and Outstanding Scholarship Awards announcement and submit a paper or nominate a book, article, or scholar.


The 71st Annual Meeting will be held August 6-8, 2021 at the Swissôtel Chicago in Chicago, IL. The program theme, selected by President Corey Dolgon is Revolutionary Sociology: Truth, Healing, Reparations and Restructuring. We look forward to your participation in the 2021 Annual Meeting.

10/16/2020, 06:06 PM


October 13, 2020

“Buy One, Get One Free” Promotion for Divisional Memberships

There’s never been a better time to renew your SSSP membership and to add a new Division. The Board of Directors recently approved a “Buy One, Get One Free” Promotion for Divisional Membership for “early birds” who join or renew their membership between October 1 and December 31, 2020 for the 2021 calendar year. For a list and explanations of the 23 SSSP Divisions, visit To add a division, login at The “Purchase a Division” link is under the “Divisions” section,

10/13/2020, 01:47 PM


October 08, 2020

SSSP Listserv

The purpose of the SSSP listserv is to facilitate discussion among current SSSP members and to serve as a place where members can seek professional advice related to the mission of SSSP; share related materials, including book reviews and events in the news; make related announcements, including events, job openings, activities, books, and call for papers; and offer other related intellectual food for thought. The listserv is an optional benefit for SSSP members. To join the listserv, visit: You must be logged in to access the listserv request form. If you are not a current member, visit, to join or renew your membership.

10/08/2020, 01:32 PM


October 06, 2020

Letter from Presidents of 12 Professional Sociological Organizations in Support of Scholars

Last week, SSSP signed a letter with 11 other professional Sociological organizations around the United States to stand behind Dr. Wendy Leo Moore of Texas A&M University and Dr. James M. Thomas of the University of Mississippi. We believe Moore and Thomas have been wrongly attacked for participating in a legitimate professional activity consistent with the principles of academic freedom and human rights. We call on Texas A&M University and the University of Mississippi to stop or disavow the threats and intimidation leveled against these two professors. We stand in solidarity with Dr. Wendy Leo Moore and Dr. James M. Thomas.

10/06/2020, 01:32 PM


October 01, 2020

Nominations for the Lee Founders Award - (Deadline 4/15/21)

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Lee Founders Award. Members of the Society are urged to nominate one or more persons for the award. Established in 1981, this award is made in recognition of significant lifetime achievements demonstrating a devotion to the ideals of the founders of the Society and especially to the humanist tradition of Alfred McClung Lee and Elizabeth Briant Lee. To submit a nomination or to learn more visit:

10/01/2020, 02:04 PM


September 29, 2020

Letter in Support of Wendy Leo Moore and James M. Thomas

Last week the Chronicle of Higher Education reported that two Sociology professors and SSSP members were being threatened with termination and/or financial penalty for their participation in #scholarstrike activities. The Board of Directors of the Society for the Study of Social Problems stands behind its members and calls on the President of Texas A&M University and the Chancellor of the University of Mississippi to issue statements of support for Professors Moore and Thomas respectively. Click here to view the Society’s full letter of support.

09/29/2020, 12:39 PM


September 24, 2020

Consider Giving the Gift of SSSP Membership

In these times of economic crisis, racial inequality, and the pandemic, the work of the SSSP is more vital and necessary than ever. Due to the economic uncertainty of these times, many of our graduate students and/or unemployed members may lose out on the important work, and the human connections that SSSP membership brings. The power to change the world starts with one act of kindness. Please consider giving the gift of membership, or even better work with a group of colleagues (in a division, a department, or a university) to join forces to gift more memberships to those who are not in a position to renew their membership right now. For more information on gifting memberships, individually or as a group, please contact

09/24/2020, 08:21 AM


September 22, 2020

Nominations for the 2020 C. Wright Mills Award

Nominations are now open for the 2020 C. Wright Mills Award. Members of the Society are encouraged to submit letters of nomination for this prestigious annual award. Self-nominations are acceptable. Edited volumes, textbooks, fiction and self-published works are not eligible. Eligible books must be first edition (not a reprint or later edition) and bear a 2020 copyright. Exceptions may be made for a book bearing a 2019 copyright, but that was not released until 2020 for the first time. The C. Wright Mills Award, established in 1964, is made annually and carries with it a stipend of $1,000 for the author(s) of the winning book. The deadline for the 2020 award nominations is December 15, 2020

09/22/2020, 02:53 PM