MSS Statement regarding Emporia State University

The Midwest Sociological Society and its members have long supported the broader mission of higher education, including the practices of shared governance, administrative transparency, and faculty rights.  We recognize the key role played by faculty in fulfilling this mission, and the importance of tenure which enables them to do so.  We also recognize the need for a just and transparent procedure for faculty evaluation and retention.

The Board of the Midwest Sociological Society firmly condemns recent actions taken by the Kansas Board of Regents against the faculty at Emporia State University.  While political interference with the mission of higher education is not unique, the cynical extension of a “temporary” action to remove financial exigency as a determination for faculty tenure and retention is unwarranted.  The dismissal of tenured faculty, who have served the university and its mission, is especially egregious.

We call on the Kansas Board of Regents and the administration at Emporia to adhere to the principled practices of higher education. Reinstatement of the Emporia faculty and a return to shared governance, administrative transparency, and faculty rights can be the only just outcome.


Call for 3MT Competition, Poster Session

The submission portal for MSS 2023 is still open! We are still accepting submissions for the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition and poster sessions. You can submit the same research for the 3MT and other sessions. MSS Submission Portal 





2023 MSS Annual Meeting

The 2023 MSS Annual Meeting preparations are well underway. Check out the theme statement, hotel information and much more! Find all things related to the meeting here: 

2023 MSS Annual Meeting.

An excerpt from the 2023 theme statement:

"In 2023, we find our conference located in what was–for many Americans–the start of an awakening of a new consciousness of the enduring and evolving legacies of structural inequality in the United States.  The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the events that followed, (re)opened critical conversations that sociologists have been leading for decades.  These conversations, and their implications, have not taken place solely in the classroom–we have seen these critical conversations about structural violence applied to community organizing, policy change, program evaluation, organizational leadership, and other levels. With the rise in social media and other platforms for knowledge sharing from community leaders, advocates and activists, members of the academy have been exposed to a diverse set of critical thinkers and doers, who offer key insights about and solutions to many of the core sociological questions.  More often than not, however, these parallel conversations–community and academic–do not join together to co-create solutions.  This conference, held in a city still recovering from the deaths of Daunte Wright, George Floyd, and countless unknown others, offers an opportunity for MSS members to discuss the future of community-engaged/partnered learning and research and the ways in which we use our roles as sociologists to support epistemic justice." Read more...

Welcome the 2022-23 MSS-Sponsored ASA Minority Fellow

2021-2022 Minority Fellowship Program Fellows: Luis Flores, Jr.

Luis Flores, Jr.

Graduate Institution: University of Michigan—Ann Arbor

Midwest Sociological Society MFP

Luis Flores, Jr. is a PhD candidate in sociology and affiliate at the Stone Center for Inequality Dynamics at the University of Michigan. He earned his BA in political economy and history from the University of California, Berkeley. A historical sociologist specializing in urban, economic, and stratification research, Flores studies how the shifting regulatory boundaries separating home and market shape labor, wealth, and inequality. His dissertation, The Informal Oeconomy: Home-Based Moneymaking after the Family Wage, traces household efforts to transform the home into a space for moneymaking—with practices ranging from multi-tier marketing (i.e., Avon, Herbalife), renting out rooms to tenants, producing piecework from home, and extracting home equity in new ways. Flores argues that experiments in home-based moneymaking emerged from households excluded or unaccounted for by 20th century “breadwinner liberalism”—housewives, immigrants, workers of color, and the elderly. As labor market restructuring broadened experiences of precarity, the appeal of once-marginal moneymaking practices spread. These practices quickly came into conflict with regulatory boundaries, in land-use zoning, tax codes, labor law, and mortgage law, that enforced the postwar separation between home and market. Their contested incorporation remade gendered divisions between home and market, and regulatory and racialized constructions of economic informality. In addition to his academic work, Flores engages in community-based efforts to advance environmental, health, and social justice along the U.S./Mexico borderlands.

(Source: American Sociological Society)

Congratulations to the 2022 Awardees

Join us in congratulating the awardees who were recognized at the 2022 MSS Annual Meeting. From books to papers to outstanding leadership, we applaud these individuals and organizations recognized for their work.  Learn more here.


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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