March 18-21, 2021

Submission Deadline has been extended to Tuesday, November 10! 

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!

Conference Theme
Call for Submissions


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


MSS Elected Board Members Announced

The results of the 2019 election are in! Please join me in congratulating the below individuals in their election and upcoming term of service. Thank you for your support of MSS and your voice in electing the leadership of the organization.

  • MSS President Elect-Elect*: Brian Donovan, University of Kansas
  • Iowa State Director: Susan D. Stewart, Iowa State University
  • Kansas State Director: Rochelle Rowley, Emporia State University
  • Missouri State Director: Pooya Naderi, Park University
  • At-Large Director: Gina Petonito, Miami University

 We also welcome the following individuals who will serve on the Board of Directors beginning April 4, 2020.

  • MSS President Elect: Meredith Redlin, South Dakota State University
  • Student Director: Sana Illahe, South Dakota State University

 *The elected MSS President will serve the following schedule: 2020-21 President Elect-Elect; 2021-22 President Elect/Program Chair; 2022-23 President; 2023-204 Immediate Past President. This position does not formally serve on the Board until they are the President Elect.


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. 


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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