About the 
Midwest Sociological Society 

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 1300 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 our annual meetings in St Louis and Minneapolis.

What We Do
-publish The Sociological Quarterly;
-hold a four-day annual meeting each spring;
-provide opportunities for leadership and committee work;
-support a minority fellowship, several grant and award programs, and research by MSS members.

With the adoption 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

11/20/15  MSS welcomes the 2015-16 MSS-ASA Minority Fellow, Joanna Perez.  Read more.

11/20/15    MSS welcomes the next TSQ editors.  Read more.

11/13/15 The submission portal remains OPEN only to undergrad students until Jan. 9.  Deadline for undergrad round tables and undergrad posters is Jan. 9. 

11/9/2015  The submission portal is now CLOSED to professionals and grad students.  The portal will re-open by Nov. 13 for undergrad submissions only and will stay open until Jan. 9.

11/1/2015 To accommodate all participants, the DEADLINE for annual meeting submissions has been EXTENDED to Sunday, Nov. 8. 

10/15/15     15 jobs & 7 special opportunities listed on the Jobs page.

10/9/2015 Nominations still being accepted for several MSS awards:
        deadline        award                                                                     
        10-31-15        Distinguished Book Award
        11-1-15           Jane Addams Distinguished Service Award
        11-15-15        Early Career Scholarship Award
        12-1-15           Social Action Awards
         Follow the links above to learn more.

10/3/15  Lori Peek, Colorado State University, confirmed as second plenary speaker at MSS-NCSA 2016. Learn more.

10/1/15 Reminder emailed today to all MSS members:  Last day for professionals and grad students to submit individual presentations or closed sessions is Oct. 31.  Submit your presentation or closed session today!  [Submissions open to undergrads until Jan. 9.]

9/4/2015  Donald Trump - or Doug Massey, plenary speaker at our upcoming meeting?  Who would you trust for facts on immigration?
See  the NY Times.

9/1/2015 The submission portal is officially OPEN.  Members of MSS and NCSA are cordially invited to submit papers, posters, round table presentations and completed sessions at the submission portal page. The portal will be open through Oct. 31 for grad students and professional sociologists; and will stay open until Jan. 9 for undergrad posters and round table presentations.  

8/22/2015 Professor Douglas S. Massey will keynote MSS-NCSA Annual Meeting 2016. MORE.

8/22/2015 Preparing your travel budget for 2016?  Check out the annual meeting registration fees & hotel costs.

8/15/15 SAVE the DATE!  The submissions portal for the 2016 MSS-NCSA Annual Meeting will open Sept. 1 - and it's not too early to plan your submission.
  •   View participant deadlines and add to your personal calendar.
  • Figure out which topic fits your presentation or session most closely.
  • Gather info for your submission. 


7/14/15 The upcoming MSS-NCSA Joint Meeting is on Facebook!  Connect with this unofficial discussion board for attendees - shared rides, housing, observations of the meeting and the city, eateries and entertainments - 

6/1/15 Preparations underway for MSS-NCSA joint meeting in Chicago, Mar 23-26, 2016!  Click on links at left to check out the THEME and Call for Participation.

5/22/15  MSS newsletter, The Midwest Sociologist, was mailed to all MSS members today. If yours has not arrived by June 5, please email the exec office.

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.

What's new from MSS?

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