About the Society

Established in 1935, the Southern Sociological Society is a society of professionals that promotes the development of sociology as a profession and scientific discipline by the maintenance of high academic professional and ethical standards, and by encouraging effective teaching of sociology, valid and reliable methods and research in the study of human society, diffusion of sociological knowledge and its application to societal problems, cooperation with related disciplines and groups, recruitment and training of sociologists, and development of sociology programs in educational and other agencies.

In pursuit of its mission, the Southern Sociological Society (SSS) is committed to building a diverse association and creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for its members. This includes welcoming individuals along many different dimensions of diversity including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, physical and mental ability, age, institution and career status. We actively work to do this through inclusive, anti-discriminatory, and equitable practices and programing, encouraging full participation in SSS and fostering a mutual respect for others in all that we do and in the business of the society.

Members of the Society convene for an annual academic conference usually held in spring.

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Services available on our membership portal include

  • purchasing or renewing membership
  • purchasing conference registration
  • paying for job advertisements
  • accessing your Social Currents electronic access code
  • and more!

Welcome to SSS

“Hello, my name is Megan R. Underhill, and I am an assistant professor in sociology at the University of North Carolina Asheville, where I teach and research about issues of racial and class inequality.

The Southern Sociological Society is my conference home, and has been since 2015 when I attended my first SSS meeting in New Orleans as a graduate student from the University of Cincinnati. I remember how nervous I felt the first day of the 2015 conference. I didn’t know many people and I feared that I’d be conferencing-alone. Almost immediately though, I established easy friendships with other attendees I met at paper sessions and the SSS-sponsored student mixer. It is no exaggeration to say that many of these individuals have since become life-long friends and mentors.

I’ve returned to SSS every year since 2015, and each year I’ve become more involved. I’ve organized a paper session on my area of research (white racial socialization) and served on both the Membership and Executive Committee. Each of these experiences have been intellectually and professionally generative and have deepened my enthusiasm and commitment for SSS—an organization that is both intellectually rigorous and kind and supportive to its members.

I am looking forward to another great meeting in Birmingham this spring, and to extending the same kind welcome to new attendees that folks extended to me back in 2015!”

-Dr. Megan R. Underhill

Each month, our website will feature a new introduction to our organization by one of our members. If you would like to be featured please email webmaster@southernsociologicalsociety.org