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
  • submitting a paper or session to the annual conference
  • purchasing conference registration
  • paying for job advertisements
  • accessing your Social Currents electronic access code
  • and more!
Elizabeth B. Roberts

SSS Member Highlight

“I am a current PhD student in sociology at Virginia Tech and have been part of SSS for the past three years. Prior to starting my current program, I earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the College of Charleston and a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Louisville. Being a scholar-practitioner is at the heart of my professional goals, and so I have taken time in between each degree to practice sociological skills and scholarship: first as a grant writer at an immigrant-serving nonprofit and then as an admissions counselor at an honors college. Like many sociologists, my experiences have shaped my research interests: racism in institutions and white supremacy culture.

I look forward to being more involved with SSS this year as the incoming Assistant Executive Officer. Through the Southern Sociological Society, I have connected with remarkable people at all stages of scholarship and activism. The folks I’ve met through SSS and the conversations I’ve had at the annual meetings are collegial and supportive, which is so beneficial as a current graduate student.

When I’m not studying for qualifying exams or learning the ins and outs of SSS this summer, I will be out among the flowers at Stonecrop Farm where I work part-time.”

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