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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.

To visit our membership portal, click here

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!

Welcome to SSS

“Hi! I am Kendra Jason, and I am an associate professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. I am also the inaugural Race and Social Justice Advocate in our College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Currently, I serve on the Executive Committee at SSS. Without a doubt, the Southern Sociological Society is my intellectual home. I have attended nearly every year for about 20 years since my graduate days at North Carolina State University.

I am excited to welcome you to this society as an interested, new, or established member. I look forward to the SSS conference every year so I can keep my finger on the pulse of the pressing issues of the South. The annual conferences never let me down with their timely and brave themes that push me to dig deeper into my sociological toolkit and do more for my students, colleagues, and the society at large.

The annual conference is notorious for its lively reunions, local arrangements (e.g., music, advocacy, tours), and engaging sessions. I have met a majority of my research collaborators and social media friends here; and I extended my networks while serving on the Program Committee, Committee on Professions, and Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities. I look forward to the upcoming year and cannot wait to see what SSS has in store!”

-Dr. Kendra Jason

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