MSS Cancels 2020 Meetings, Presenters Encouraged to Submit to 2021 Meetings

The 2020 MSS Annual Meeting has been cancelled in light of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Please see the full statement from the MSS Board of Directors for more details.

If you registered for the meeting, your fees will be automatically refunded. Request for refunds is not necessary. If you would prefer to shift your registration fee to a donation to MSS, please email us at [email protected] by Friday, March 20. Not able to shift your fees but would like to make a donation? Use this simple form to make a donation.


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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