Welcome to the Southwestern Social Science Association (SSSA). Founded in 1919, SSSA is the oldest interdisciplinary social science association in the United States, and is composed of professionals and students in the social sciences, including academics and other professionals.

SSSA is the umbrella organization for seven academic and professional affiliate associations, including the areas of Economics, History, International Studies, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology, and Women’s & Gender Studies. The purpose of SSSA is to promote, cultivate and correlate the various areas of the social sciences and their applications through:

  • Publication of Social Science Quarterly, a well-regarded and well-ranked interdisciplinary journal; and
  • Annual meetings, which regularly draw about 1,000 social scientists from across the country and the world.

We are in the process of transitioning the Association from a Texas-based organisation to one based in Oklahoma for taxation purposes. Legal documents relating to this transition are available for you to view by clicking here.  This transition of SSSA was approved at the SSSA General Business meeting on April 10, 2015.

PLEASE FIND A PRINTABLE VERSION OF THE 2016 ANNUAL PROGRAM HERE Social Science and Public Conversations program

President’s Welcome

For nearly 100 years, the Southwestern Social Science Association has brought together professional scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates in the spirit of intellectual growth, collaboration, and collegiality. I invite you to join us for our 97th annual meeting in Austin, Texas, April 12-17, 2017, to avail yourself of both new and traditional formats for presenting research and discussing various aspects of academia. Our Austin meeting will feature panels, roundtables, workshops, and poster opportunities, in addition to a greatly expanded slate of interdisciplinary sessions. We warmly welcome presentations on any topic, period, and geographical area in Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology, Social Work, Women’s and Gender Studies, International Studies, Anthropology, and Psychology. Our general theme for 2017, “Social Sciences and Social Change,” encompasses an enormous array of subjects, methodologies, and analytical issues of interest across disciplines. The social sciences capture how and why change has happened and continues to happen, while also evincing and propelling social change. By way of studying the past and the present, and through pondering possible futures, the social sciences together have a vital role in promoting knowledge and understanding amid the complexity and transient aspects of today’s world. We hope that you will join us in Austin to share your work with a community of scholars and students at what is our annual celebration of the social sciences.

Best wishes,

Patrick Barr-Melej, Ph.D.
SSSA President (2016-17)