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We are excited to share with you a full conference with this year's theme, "Beyond the Academe: Community-Partnered Research and Teaching." Thanks to so many submissions of paper sessions, panels, roundtables, posters, workshops, and plenaries, this year's event is shaping up to be exciting! (Posters and 3MT entries are still accepted!)

We hope you will join us in March for four days of networking, learning and sharing!

Who will be there?
In addition to more the students, professors, retired sociologists and sociologists practicing outside the classroom, we are thrilled to bring you outstanding plenary speakers. Join us in welcoming this year's plenary speakers, Dr. Laurel Westbrook, Dr. stef shuster, Dr. Antar A. Tichavakunda, and Dr. Nancy Berns. You can read more about what they will share with us on our Plenaries web page. 
We are also excited to bring to you a Professional Roundtable Series, featuring discussion opportunities for community college faculty, department chairs, new faculty, and much more! 
Look for an outstanding opportunity to learn more about Trans Justice in a workshop led by Meg Krausch ( Information forthcoming to learn more about this session.



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 1200 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 the team of Michael Long, Jonathan Coley and Andrew Fullerton, all at Oklahoma 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.  



Donations to MSS are used to provide scholarships to meetings, fund research grants, subsidize student attendance to meetings, award great achievements, and much more. When you donate, you can specify which area of need you would like to address. Thank you to all who make a contribution to MSS at any time of the year. Your generosity is greatly appreciated! 

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