March 18-21, 2021


2021 Registration is open!

Join us virtually March 18-22 for the MSS Annual Meeting. We are looking forward to bringing you workshops, panels, presentations and more! Learn more about MSS registration details here.

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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:

MSS 2021 goes Virtual!

MSS 2021 is coming to you where you are - in your office, at home, on campus, wherever your computer takes you!

The world is ever-changing and the leadership at MSS is committed to our social responsibility. We know that funding has shifted or been eliminated, protocols around travel have changed, and responsibilities to your home and work may be increasing or changing.All of these factors entered into the decision to hold a virtual event in 2021. We want to ensure the MSS community of sociologists can get together and hope you will join us for a new experience. We’ll plan to be back together in person for the 2022 meetings in Chicago!

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Congratulations to the MSS 2020 Awardees 

2020 Distinguished Book Award
Lesson Plans: The Institutional Demands of Becoming a Teacher
Judson G. Everitt, Loyola University Chicago
(Rutgers University Press, 2018)

2020 Jane Addams Outstanding Service Award
Jennifer Edwards, Ph.D.
Northeastern State University


2020 Social Action Awards 

2020 Life Membership
Nancy Greenwood, Indiana University Kokomo

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57th Annual MSS Student Paper Competition
Graduate Division
First place:  Brandon Alston, Northwestern University
Advisor:  John Hagan
Second Place:  Brian F. O’Neill & Matthew Jerome Schneider,
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
Advisor:  Zsuzsa Gille
Third Place:  Laila Noureldin, University of Chicago
Advisor:  Linda Waite
Undergraduate Division
First Place:  Margaret E. Breen, Macalester College
Advisor: Erika Busse-Cardenas
Second Place: Susanna Morales, Macalester College
Advisor: Erika Busse-Cardenas
Third Place:  Mason Jones, Beloit College
Advisor: Charles Westerberg


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.  



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