Conference Overview

Click here for 2017 conference program, pre-conference print version.  The final version, inluding all corrections, changes, deletions, and additions made during the conference, will be posted online shortly after the conference. 2017 Conference Events list

The 59th Annual Conference

April 12-15, 2017
San Francisco, California, USA

Hyatt Regency San Francisco (Embarcadero)
5 Embarcadero Center,
San Francisco, CA 94111

The online hotel conference rate deadline is March 27.

2017 Program Director

Barbara Bonnekessen, Ph.D.
Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences
412 Russ Hall, Pittsburg State University
1701 Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762


The deadline for submission of proposals for papers/panels/roundtables for the 2017 Conference has passed.  Submissions are now closed.

For 2016 conference program, click here. All papers/panels/posters presented at the 2016 WSSA conference are listed in the program.


New & Renewing Members: Please Note

Membership is automatically included in conference registration, making all conference registrants members of the Association. As always, membership will continue 
to include subscriptions to the Social Science Journal and the WSSA News.

Membership Only

If you are not able to attend the conference, but wish to retain your subscriptions to the Social Science Journal and the WSSA Newsletter, your right to vote in elections for Board Officers and Members, to participate in the annual Business Meeting, and to vote on matters set before the membership for decision, there is a membership-only option.  To choose that option, fill out the Membership-only online form, or click here to download the paper Subscription Membership-only form to mail, with a check or money order.

Disability Accessibility Services

WSSA will make every reasonable effort to arrange for motorized scooters, sign-language interpreters, sighted guides, and other communication avenues for conference registrants who need them. WSSA cannot support any ADA requests for support which are not directly related to the activities of the conference.  
This includes, but is not limited to, guided tours, activities and other events which may be provided by a third party affiliated with but not primarily a part of the WSSA conference (e.g., tours and trips provided by affiliates and sections, local universities, etc.).  Please email the Meeting Services staff ( by no later than March 1 of the conference year to identify the accommodation that you need. The Meeting Services staff will contact you to discuss needs and possible arrangements. 

Related Announcements

If your organization would like to post an announcement about an upcoming event or conference that will be of interest to WSSA members, please contact the Communications Director, Kate Herke.  Appropriate announcements will be posted under the "Other Upcoming Conferences" link, below the "WSSA Awards/Careers" tab.

Refund Policy

Requests for refunds of conference registration must be made in writing, preferably by email to the Conference Manager, no later than March 26 of the year of the conference. The amount of the refund will be the amount originally paid, minus the amount that the credit card companies will charge us to make the refund, usually about 10% of the original amount.