March 18-21, 2021

The final program will be available late April 2021.

2021 MSS Draft Program Book


You can still access the 2021 meeting

Didn't get to join us fort he 2021 Annual Meeting while it was live? You can still register to access it virtually through June 1. Simply register as you regularly would and you're set! 

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Congratulations to our new MSS Board Members and Committee Chairs

Newly elected and appointed board members, committee chairs and committee members began their service on March 20 at the MSS Business Meeting. Please join me in thanking them for their commitment to serving MSS.

New Voting Board Members:

Director, At Large: Deniz Yucel, William Paterson University of New Jersey
Director, Illinois: Jorge Chavez-Rojas, Millikin University
Director, Minnesota: Lisa Waldner, University of St. Thomas
Student Director: Elyse Neumann, University of Kansas


New Committee Chairs and Leadership Positions:

Annual Meeting Committee: Patrick McGinty, Western Illinois University
Long Range Planning Committee: Peter Kivisto, Augustana College
Publications Committee: Joan Hermsen
Committee on Teaching & Learning: Patricia Ahmed, South Dakota State University
Committee on Women in the Profession: Kristi Brownfield, Northern State University
Professional Issues & Standards Committee: Eve Blobaum, Johnson County Community College
Student Issues Committee: Sana Illahe, South Dakota State University; Michael Miner, Facebook
Director of Exhibits: Carrie Coward Bucher
President Elect-Elect: LaShaune Johnson, Creighton University


2020-21 MSS-sponsored MFP Fellow Announced

Each year, MSS sponsors a Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Fellow with the American Sociological Association. Join us in welcoming the 2020-21 Fellow,

Caty Taborda.

Caty is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at University of Minnesota. She earned her BA from Hamilton College and her MA in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies from Brandeis University. Her research interests include sociology of health and illness, medical markets, the body, and morality. Taborda’s dissertation uses the plasma pharmaceutical industry as a case study to analyze how medical markets shape, and are shaped by, cultural and moral beliefs about the body. She draws on interviews and fieldwork to analyze how people come to understand the social, economic, and moral worth of their bodies, and to show how such constructions of worth help to maintain broader social inequalities. In addition to her dissertation, Taborda is currently working on two collaborative national research projects, one analyzing how people make sense of medical enhancements, and another on religious narratives about alternative medicine. Through her previous work at a large nonprofit health care system, Taborda examined the boundary-making processes of innovative healthcare workers and, in a co-authored manuscript in the Journal of Interprofessional Care, she shows how these same workers navigate the emotional exhaustion of professional care work. Her research has been supported by the Ford Foundation and various fellowships from the University of Minnesota.  (Source:


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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