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
3/2/15     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.  

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 explore the theme of the upcoming meeting below; or click on the red link to download a pdf poster.

Sociology and Its Publics: The Next Generation

What's new from MSS?

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

IMPORTANT:    If you are not already a member of MSS, you MUST join MSS for your paper to be considered.
You can do so at the membership page. A membership initiated now will not expire until 12/31/2015. 

The Midwest Sociological Society (MSS) paper-submission portal is open!
It is time to submit your paper abstracts for the 2015 MSS Annual Meetings to be held March 26-29 at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. 

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Our updated online submission system is easy to use. Follow these steps:

Step 1: 
Read the program theme, Sociology and Its Publics: The Next Generation.
Browse through the preliminary session list, detailing 174 engaging session proposals under 35 topic areas. The descriptions share the organizers' visions for their sessions. Choose the right sessions for your papers.

Step 2: Write an abstract (150 word target) of your paper in your own word processing program. For formal paper sessions, report the status of data collection and analysis. Research proposals and literature reviews may be more appropriate for roundtables. Essays may work best for panels. Edit carefully. The abstract reflects your scholarship and determines the paper's acceptance in the session. Remember, all abstracts will be published on the MSS website as written!

Step 3: With a completed abstract in hand, enter the paper-submission portal.  Answer the Yes-No screening questions confirming your membership and your commitment to attend the meeting and present your paper. Select a topic area for your paper, [don't forget to look at the sessions listed under 'other!'] and then select a session to which you will submit your paper.

Step 4: Enter the title of your paper. Identify yourself as the submitter. Starting with the first author, enter all the paper authors (yes, enter yourself again, too!) Complete all required information. Copy and paste your abstract into the box provided. Be sure to go all the way to the last screen, where you will proofread your entries and correct possible errors. When satisfied that all is correct, click the large green checkmark to SUBMIT.

Step 5: Print the submission confirmation screen for your records. You will also receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email within three hours, it is your responsibility to follow up with the program team and find out what happened. Email us.  

Remember - the session list is a work in progress. We will expand and/or combine sessions depending on the papers received. We will work to find a home for your paper. We are especially interested in papers that advance this year's conference theme, "Sociology and Its Publics: The Next Generation," by examining sociological practice and its relation to societal engagement, teaching and learning, and community-based research.

Check the MSS website and The Midwest Sociologist (TMS) for updates about the plans for our 2015 Conference including plenary sessions from Lisa Wade of the award-winning "Sociological Images" blog and Dalton Conley, author of You May Ask Yourself: An Introduction to Thinking Like a Sociologist (third edition forthcoming) and Parentology (2014). 

Session Organizers: When the paper-submission period ends, you will receive an email with instructions for accessing your session and its paper submissions.

We look forwarding to receiving your papers and seeing you in Kansas City!

Doug Hartmann
2015 MSS Program Chair / President Elect

Erin Hoekstra
2015 MSS Graduate Student Assistant

Contact Doug and Erin here.  
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