Congratulations to our MSS Board Members and Committee Chairs

Newly elected and appointed board members, committee chairs and committee members began their service on April 15, 2022, at the MSS Business Meeting. Please join me in thanking them for their commitment to serving MSS.

New Voting Board Members:

Director, Nebraska: Lissette Aliaga-Linares, University of Nebraska Omaha
Director, North and South Dakotas: Kristi Brownfield, Northern State University
Director, Wisconsin: Dawn Norris, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Director, Missouri: Ahoo Tabatabai, Columbia College (completing a current term)
Student Director: Genesis Fuentes, University of Maryland, College Park

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, University of Missouri
Scholarship Development Committee: Roslyn Schoen, Texas A&M University - Central Texas
Social Action Committee: Maria De La Torre, Northeastern Illinois University
Sociological Practice Committee: Raeda Anderson, Shepherd Center
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: Elyse Neumann, University of Kansas; Sana Illahe, South Dakota State University
Minority Scholars Committee: Regina Dixon-Reeves, University of California San Diego
Membership Committee: Megan Nielsen, Midland University
Nominations and Elections Committee: Meredith Redlin, South Dakota State University
Finance Committee: Pamela Emanuelson, North Dakota State University
Director of Exhibits: Carrie Coward Bucher, Elmhurst College
President Elect-Elect: Jennifer Pearson, Wichita State University

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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