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The 2020 MSS Election is Open until January 22

If you are a member of MSS, please take a moment to place your vote for the upcoming MSS Leadership positions. You will need to log in to access the ballot and cast your vote.

Your vote is important! This year, the following positions are on the 2020 ballot:

  • MSS President (serving the following schedule: 2020-21 President Elect-Elect; 2021-22 President Elect/Program Chair; 2022-23 President; 2023-24 Immediate Past President)
  • Iowa State Director (term: 2020-2023)
  • Kansas State Director (term: 2020-2023)
  • Missouri State Director (term: 2020-2023)
  • At Large Director (term: 2020-2023)

All positions standing for election are members of the Board of Directors. The MSS President does not serve on the Board during their President Elect-Elect year of service.

Vote Now!

Letters of Invitation Have Been Sent!

If you submitted a presentation, paper or session for the November submission deadline, you should have received an email regarding your invitation to present. You will need to read the email carefully and respond accordingly. Invitations were sent to authors and panelists. 

The invitation process has changed slightly this year and you will need to accept the invitation by the RSVP link in the email in order to be included on the program. Please check your inbox for more information. If you did not receive an email regarding your status on the program, please email [email protected] with your name and submission title.

*Undergraduate submissions, all roundtables, all posters, and all 3 Minute Thesis submissions have not yet been sent invitations. These will be sent after the January 10 deadline for undergraduate submissions and graduate 3MT submissions. 


2019-20 MSS-sponsored MFP Fellow

Each year, MSS sponsors a Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Fellow with the American Sociological Association. Join us in welcoming the 2019-2020 Fellow, Malissa Alinor.

Malissa is a PhD candidate at the University of Georgia, where she also earned a master’s degree in sociology. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. Malissa’s mixed-methods dissertation explores the affective components of racial discrimination. This project draws on interview data from persons of color as well as white individuals to map and understand the emotions that accompany experiencing, recounting, witnessing, or even enacting racial discrimination. She is also using experimental methods to examine how these racialized emotions lead to action or inaction. Her research interests also include the consequences of stereotypic perceptions and the effectiveness of strategies aimed at reducing those perceptions. For her master’s thesis, funded by the University of Georgia Research and Engagement in Diversity grant, Malissa used experimental methods to test how clothing attire influences the threatening perception of black men. In addition, she is a part of an ongoing research collaboration to understand the effects of sexual misconduct policies, of which she is co-author on a paper published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 

2020 MSS Annual Meeting - REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

The 2020 MSS Annual Meeting is just a few short months away! Join us April 2-5, 2020, in Omaha, Nebraska, for another exciting and powerful meeting. This year's theme is "Sustainable Sociology" and Program Chair Dr. Julie Pelton has great plans for the event.

Check out the tours, Trivia Night, and other exciting happenings. There will be plenty of gathering areas throughout the Omaha Hilton, the meeting rooms are very accessible and close to each other, the Commons is back with a refreshed and exciting purpose, and lots of great food and city highlights are available on the FREE shuttle! (If you haven't been to Omaha in the past few years, you won't be disappointed!)

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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 Michael Lacy and Prabha Unnithan, both 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.  



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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