Deadline: 1/31/24

The Social Problems Theory Division invites papers for its annual Student Paper Award Competition. To be eligible, papers must:

  • be authored or co-authored by students currently enrolled in a graduate program,
  • make an original and innovative contribution to the theoretical understanding of social problems,
  • not have been accepted for publication,
  • may not be co-authored by a faculty member or other non-student, and
  • be submitted through the annual meeting Call for Papers process as a condition for consideration, preferably to a Social Problems Theory Division session.

Self-nominations are welcome. Manuscripts should be limited to fewer than 10,000 words, including references. The winner will receive membership dues, annual meeting registration, a plaque, and $200 honorarium. The winner will also be invited to present their paper at the 2024 SSSP Annual Meeting. Please also note that students may only submit a paper for consideration to one SSSP Division. A paper submitted to multiple divisions will not receive consideration for the Social Problems Theory Division Award. 

Please send all questions and submissions to: Michael Adorjan, Chair, Social Problems Theory Division:


Deadline: 2/15/24

The Social Problems Theory Division requests nominations for its Outstanding Book Award. The Division welcomes books that critique or advance the ongoing scholarly dialogue about social problems theorizing. More information regarding the Division’s vision can be accessed through our Mission Statement. Eligible books must have been published between August 1, 2021 and February 15, 2024. Single or multiple-authored books will be accepted. Edited books are not accepted – i.e., where the author(s) incorporate various contributions from other scholars, even if certain chapters are authored by the author(s) in the edited collection. Authors are encouraged to nominate their own work. Nominees must be members of SSSP. Please e-mail Dr. Michael Adorjan (, to arrange for shipment of three copies of the nominated book and submission of a letter of nomination.