Welcome to the Midwest Sociological Society Website

Who We Are

Founded in 1936, MSS is a membership organization of academic and applied sociologists as well as students of the discipline. About 2/3 of the 1200 members live in the Midwest, but membership is open to all; and about 1/3 of the members are from other parts of the nation and the world.

Organized in 1936, MSS held its first  annual meeting in 1937. In 2011-12, MSS celebrated 75 years of scholarship and collegiality at its annual meeting in Minneapolis.

-publishes The Sociological Quarterly;
-holds a four-day annual meeting each spring;
-provides opportunities for leadership and committee work;
-supports a minority fellowship, several grant and award programs, and research by MSS members.

With the adoption in 2010 of a long-range strategic plan, MSS is moving forward intentionally, to meet the challenges of the future.

We invite you to join us!

MSS Celebrated 75 Years of Service
in 2011-12
3/31/2015 More than 700 MSS members met in Kansas City last week to hear great keynote addresses by Lisa Wade and Dalton Conley and to attend more than 200 workshops, paper sessions, round tables and panel discussions - as well as 3 tours, a Trivia Night extraordinaire, a thought-provoking Presidential Address,  an ice cream social, and a BBQ & blues-themed Presidential Reception as well as affiliated events too numerous to mention.  Watch for photos and reports in May in The Midwest Sociologist.

3/24/15 If you haven't already registered for MSS2015 - come to Kansas City anyway!  Onsite registration will open Mar 26, at 10 am, Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

3/23/15 The STUDENT SUITE is back by popular demand. 
Students!!  Visit there to connect with other students, take a break from the conference, put your feet up, grab free coffee & food, and just kick back. Look for room number & hours -to be posted at MSS registration desk and printed on the conference addendum sheet.  See you in the Student Suite!

3/23/15 Micro-receptions within the Presidential Reception:  If you're from Kansas, or a sociological practitioner, or interested in the work of the Minority Scholars Committee or that of the Social Action Committee - each of those four groups will gather informally at the Presidential Reception Friday, approx 6:30 pm.  Watch for their sign -and get acquainted!

3/20/15 Earn a certificate by organizing your session attendance at MSS2015 around one of three themes.  See the certificates page.

3/13/15  ADVANCE REGISTRATION for the annual meeting has CLOSED.  Onsite registration will open in Kansas City March 26, 10 am, Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

3/11/15 AGENDA for the AKD Teaching & Learning Event has been finalized. TWO DAYS left to sign up in advance for the workshop - there's still room for you!

3/9/15 BBQ aficionados!  It's here-the official MSS guide to KC BBQ.

3/4/15 Foodies and beer lovers! To enhance your visit to Kansas City, Local Arrangements Chair Eve Blobaum pulled together a restaurant guide and a beer guide especially for visiting MSSers.  Enjoy!

3/2/15     The MSS 2015 PROGRAM BOOK is ready! Dip into it here to plan your schedule for the upcoming meeting.  

1/9/15 Mailed out today to all MSS members:  The registration/information packet for the Mar 26-29 annual meeting in Kansas City. Can't wait?  See it here.

12/12/14 REGISTRATION and HOTEL RESERVATIONS for the 2015 Annual Meeting are now OPEN.  Before you register, use the links at left to peruse the plethora of opportunities:  As you register, you can sign up for the AKD Teaching & Learning Workshop, or purchase tours or Trivia Night tickets. 

12/10/14  Are you participating in the 2015 Annual Meeting?  If yes, please check out the preliminary program on the program/schedule page.

​12/8/14 Not yet involved in the annual meeting? MSS invites all members- professionals, graduate & undergraduate students - to participate in a poster session.  Read more on the poster page.

11/12/14 Instructions and URLs for accessing their session online were sent to all session organizers.  If you did not receive yours, please email Program Chair Doug Hartmann at once.  The deadline for completing your session is Weds, Nov. 26th.

11/6/14  The CALL FOR PAPERS has closed.  

10/28/14   Deadline EXTENDED for call for papers.  
NEW deadline:  Midnight, Weds, Nov.  5th.
Questions?  Email Program Chair Doug Hartmann.

10/27/14 MSS newsletter, The Midwest Sociologist, sent to press today, will be mailed to members Monday, Nov. 3. Can't wait? Click on the newsletter at left to view TMS at ISSUU.

10/4/14   CALL FOR PAPERS and submission instructions sent to MSS members.  Deadline for paper submission - Oct. 29th.
Questions about papers or sessions?  
Email Program Chair Doug Hartmann.

8/15/14 MSS office relocated:
MSS is still located in Iowa City, IA, but the street address has changed to:  1613 College Ct Pl, Iowa City, IA  52245.

6/27/14   Call for TSQ editor.   MSS invites applications for the next editor of The Sociological Quarterly For full consideration, please apply by March 1st.   Learn more.

5/7/14  The American Sociological Association's 
Minority Fellowship Program - now in its 40th year -  invites applicants for the next round of appointments.  Learn more.  

What's new from MSS?

If you are a current MSS member, you should be receiving occasional emails from MSS.  If you aren't receiving them - please check your spam folder.  And be sure to add MSS's email address to your 'safe sender' list!

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1613 College Ct Pl
Iowa City, IA  52245
Phone MSS   319.338.5247
Email MSS 
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Recent calls for more public and engaged sociology have helped inspire, vindicate, and legitimate the work of rank-and-file sociologists everywhere. 

Some in the field have seen the attention to public engagement as mere matters of outreach, activism, and dissemination of social scientific research. Others, especially those of us in organizations like the MSS, have come to realize that the challenge of engagement raises much deeper, more unsettling questions about sociology itself: What is this discipline? Why and for whom do we do sociology? And how can we do it better?

With the explosion of new media, political attacks on the social sciences, and the ongoing transformations of higher education, these questions about sociological practice and its relation to different audiences and publics have become more salient and significant than ever before.

The 2015 MSS conference theme is intended to encourage Midwest sociologists—no matter what their topics of interest or intended contributions—to reflect upon these questions in Kansas City, and in doing so contribute to the rejuvenation and continued revitalization of our field and craft. 

See you in Kansas City!

Doug Hartmann, President-Elect/Program Chair
Erin Hoekstra, Student Director/Program Assistant
March 26-29
Kansas City

Scheduled plenary participants include 

-Dalton Conley, author of You May Ask Yourself; Being Black:Living in the Red; and the newly released Parentology, 

-Lisa Wade, founding editor of the wildly popular and award-winning website “Sociological Images.”
Sociology and Its Publics: The Next Generation

Contact us at the
University of Minnesota.

Join us at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, 200 West 12th Street, Kansas City, MO

2015 Annual Meeting LINKS
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