Southwestern Sociological Association

The Southwestern Sociological Association (SSA) is a disciplinary affiliate of the Southwestern Social Science Association, the nation’s oldest interdisciplinary social science professional association established in 1919. The SSA promotes the advancement of sociological research, knowledge, teaching, and professional service throughout the greater Southwest and the nation.

2018 Annual Meeting

The 2018 Annual Meeting of the SSSA will be in Orlando FL October 10-13.  The theme is It’s a Small, Small World.  SSA President Dr. Carson Mencken (Baylor University) and Sociology Program Chair Dr. Cristina Morales (University of Texas-El Paso) invite the submission of abstracts/proposals for paper, panel, poster, and visual sociology presentations on this theme or other topics from a sociological perspective.

The SSSA Call for Papers can be found at the SSSA website

Formal submissions to the SSA program can be made online via the submission website.

The updated Call for Papers has been re-opened for our 2018 Annual Meeting.  The deadline for new submissions is September 10.  

Sociology Paper Award Nominations

Distinguished Paper Award and Distinguished Publication Award Nominations should be submitted to David Embrick ( by September 1.

Undergraduate Paper Award Paper Deadline is September 1. Please send submissions to Dr. Jori Sechrist at

Graduate Paper Award Deadline is September 1. Please send submissions to Dr. Aurelia Lorena Murga at

Silent Auction at the SSA Annual Meetings

Please help make our auction a success! If you are interested in donating any item(s) for the silent auction notify Dr. Robert Wallace. Keep in mind that items for silent auction do not need to be restricted to books.

Southwestern Sociological Association Officers

Office Name Term Began Term Concludes
President F. Carson Mencken 2017 2018
Vice President Maria Cristine Morales 2017 2018
Past President Carol Walther 2017 2018
Vice President Elect Robert Wallace 2017 2018
Secretary/Treasurer Joseph Comeau 2014
Executive Council Louwanda Evans 2016 2018
Aurelia Lorena Murga 2016 2018
Theresa Morris 2017 2019
Kamesha Spates 2017 2019
Student Representative Ana Hernandez 2017 2018