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
9/3/14  DEADline to submit your session proposal for MSS2015  
has been extended to midnight, Thursday, Sept. 11. 
Explore the meeting theme and call for sessions. Submit your proposal at the submission portal.

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.

8/4/14  The Publications Committee is currently seeking two members.  Learn more about the committee's important tasks and the special application procedure at the Publication Committee page.
6/27/14   Call for TSQ editor.   MSS invites applications for the next editor of The Sociological Quarterly   Learn more

5/19/14 Session proposals invited from MSS members for the 2015 MSS Annual Meeting. Explore the meeting theme and call for sessions here.

5/16/14  May newsletter - The Midwest Sociologist - mailed to MSS members.  Click on the cover image at left to read on ISSUU.

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.  

4/7/14    The MSS Annual Meeting in Omaha welcomed 737 sociologists, from all areas of the U.S. and  from around the world. Two dynamic keynote speakers, a program of fascinating sessions, exciting tours, gratifying awards presentations, an enlivened Commons & Exhibits area, and the beautiful Hilton meeting space all helped make Omaha 2014 a memorable meeting.  Watch for photos and reports in the upcoming TMS!

4/7/14  Make plans to join us March 26-29, 2015, at the MSS Annual Meeting at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

Program Chair / MSS President-Elect Doug Hartman invites you to propose a session that compliments his futuristic meeting theme.
See the theme below; or click on the red link to download a pdf poster.

Sociology and Its Publics: The Next Generation

An email notification will go out to all MSS members when the session submission portal opens mid-May.

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!

 Receiving MSS emails?

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1613 College Ct Pl
Iowa City, IA  52245
Phone MSS   319.338.5247
Email MSS 
MSS home page

CLICK on the image at 
right to view the May 
newsletter on ISSUU.

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