Call for Editors - The Sociological Quarterly

The Midwest Sociological Society (MSS) seeks an individual with a distinguished scholarly record and editorial experience to be the next editor of The Sociological Quarterly (TSQ).  Since 1960, TSQ’s contributors, peer-reviewers, advisory editors, and readers have made it one of the leading generalist journals in the field. Editing TSQ is a unique, rewarding professional responsibility that brings visibility and distinction to a department and university. 

During his/her four-year appointment, the editor solicits, reviews, and makes decisions about all manuscript submissions. The editorial office employs an efficient, productive web-based submission and peer review system, ScholarOne Manuscripts.  The new editor will open an office no later than March 1, 2020, and will edit volumes published in 2020-2024.

The review process begins Feb. 1, 2019.  Finalists will be interviewed during the MSS Annual Meeting, April 17-20, 2019, in Chicago. Read more about the position, application process and more on the TSQ page or in the Call for Editors - TSQ


2019 Annual Meeting planning well underway

2019 MSS Annual Meeting
Queering / Querying Bodies
April 17-20, 2019
Hyatt Regency Chicago


Dr. Tom Gerschick, 2019 Program Chair and President-Elect, and his program committee are working diligently to create another great MSS Annual Meeting. Please take a few minutes to review the Call for SubmissionsTheme and Meeting Overview for more information. 

From Dr. Gerschick's theme statement:

"Bodies are central to social life and as a consequence they have been a site of sociological inquiry for more than 30 years. More recently queer theory, methods and embodiment studies have extended and deepened sociologists’ understanding of bodies and the people who inhabit them. Disability, however, remains at the margins of sociological thinking and research, rarely making its way into intersectional theorizing or prominent publications. Thus, the 2019 Midwest Sociological Society Meetings are dedicated to exploring the marginalization, social construction and the many meanings and consequences associated with bodies."


2018-19 MSS-sponsored MFP Fellow

Each year, MSS sponsors a Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Fellow with the American Sociological Association. Join us in welcoming the 2018-19 Fellow, Bianca Gonzalez-Sobrino.

Bianca is a PhD candidate at the University of Connecticut. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras and her master’s degree from Mississippi State University, both in sociology. Her research interests include race and racism, ethnicity, media, and culture. Her dissertation, titled “Competing to Survive: Identity and Racial Threat in Puerto Rican Hartford,” examines the racial identity formation processes of Puerto Ricans in Hartford, Connecticut as a mechanism of racial threat and ethnic competition, and the ways in which physical space is negotiated in a predominantly Latinx city. Bianca uses ethnographic and interview methods to draw on the experiences of the Puerto Rican diaspora to explore issues of race, identity, belonging, and racial negotiation. Previously, she has explored the role of racialization in the media, and the construction of Puerto Ricans in relation to social belonging and exclusion. Her work has been published in Critical Sociology, Sociology Compass, Sociology of Sport Journal, Contexts, and Ethnic and Racial Studies. Bianca is a former Jackie McLean Fellow from the University of Hartford and has received several prestigious awards from her university. Outside of her research, Bianca is committed to social justice and racial equality through teaching and service.

Tribute to Peter Hall

The Midwest Sociological Society and the sociological community recently lost one of its guiding lights. As many of you know, Peter Hall died in early December. This is a huge loss and one that’s deeply felt in the field of sociology in general and for our professional society in particular. Peter was a leading figure in symbolic interactionism. He was a former president of both the MSS and the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interactionism. The Peter Hall Lecture Series was established at the MSS fifteen years ago in his honor. Author of two books and over fifty articles, he was a contributor to many sociological subfields, most recently environmental sociology. He was an important scholar but he was also a good person, mentor, and teacher. He had a strong interest in social justice which has its roots in his involvement in the Berkeley Free Speech movement during the 1960s. The current issue of The Sociological Quarterly, of which Peter was a co-editor, has a few pieces that pay tribute to his considerable impact on sociology. I urge you all to read those memorials and reflect on his substantial legacy.

Brian Donovan, MSS Publications Committee Chair

(This tribute was delivered prior to the MSS Presidential Address on Friday, March 23, 2018.)


Congratulations to our new MSS officers!

Congratulations to the newly elected MSS officers. Their terms will begin next week at the 2018 MSS Annual Meeting.
President Elect-Elect:  Julie Pelton, University of Nebraska Omaha (Program Chair, 2020)
Illinois State Director:  Meghan Burke, Illinois Wesleyan University
Minnesota State Director:  Erik Larson, Macalester College
At-Large State Director (2-year term):  Veronica Medina, Indiana University Southeast 

At-Large State Director (full 3-year term):  Allison Vetter, Hendrix College

Thank you for your commitment to MSS. We look forward to having you represent your colleagues!




About the MSS

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!



The Benefits of Membership

MSS members enjoy our journal, The Sociological Quarterly, a friendly but rigorous annual meeting, access to grants and awards, opportunities to learn and serve, and paths to enhanced leadership skills. 

MSS’s 1300 members differ in sociological specialty, location, ethnicity, gender and age [19 to 88!] – but coalesce around their fascination with sociology and their willingness to give back through voluntary service to MSS.

Last year, MSS distributed more than $28,000 to 165 MSS members through competitive awards for scholarly work, prizes for student paper competitions, research and travel grants, and a $10,000 minority fellowship through ASA.


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MSS Activities

MSS publishes up to 70 research articles each year in The Sociological Quarterly. Articles cover the entire spectrum of sociological research and inquiry and are often organized into symposiums or special issues. TSQ, as it is familiarly known, is currently edited by Peter Hall, Michael Lacy and Prabha Unnithan, all of Colorado State University.

MSS annual meetings attract up to 1200 sociologists each year by offering nationally-known plenary speakers, intriguing paper sessions, invigorating roundtables, instructive workshops, and interactive poster sessions. Always held in a major Midwestern city, MSS annual meetings also include tours, social events, meet-ups and networking opportunities.