Conference Overview

 The 60th Annual Conference

April 4-7, 2018
San Antonio, Texas, USA

Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk
123 Losoya St. 
San Antonio, TX 78205

NOTE:  The "Final Four" will end right before the conference starts, so be sure to reserve your hotel room as soon as possible, since the city expects to have about 50,000 coming in for the event, and many will stay a while afterward. 


Preliminary Conference Program

 The preliminary conference program can be downloaded from the link below.  The final, official, program will be available online, with all deletions, additions, and changes included, sometime in June, 2018.

While at the conference, attendees are encouraged to take advantage of our mobile program app.  There will be printed programs available, but the mobile app can be updated during the conference, with changes in rooms, times, and panel participants.

Click here for the Preliminary Conference Program

2018 Program Director

Christopher Brown, Ph.D.
Department of Geography 
New Mexico State University
PO Box 30001, MSC MAP 
Las Cruces NM 88003-8001


The deadline for submission of proposals for papers/panels/roundtables for the 2018 Conference is December 8th, 2017. Submissions are made online, on the "Sections & Affiliates" page. Click on the names of the sections, choose the one that best fits your paper/panel/roundtable, and click the appropriate submission type. 

From the Scholar's Choice  

To : Annual Meeting Presenters and Authors: The Western Social Science Association has again arranged with The Scholar’s Choice to manage the combined book exhibit for our annual conference taking place April 4-7 in San Antonio, Texas. It may be possible for your recently-published books to be included in their display. Please refer to the guidelines below: “Any members interested in having their book displayed at the upcoming WSSA meeting should contact their publisher as soon as possible to see if they would be willing to send the book for the exhibit. Requests from the presses will be accepted until March 10th or until the table space has filled. The Scholar’s Choice displays on behalf of the publishers and all requests must come from them, not the individual authors. If they don’t already have it, the press may request the appropriate paperwork by emailing Mary Lynn Howe at


New & Renewing Members: Please Note

Conference registration confers membership, 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, and your rights 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, by email to the Conference Manager.

  • Requests made by March 1 will receive approximately 90% of the amount originally paid (amount paid minus the amount that the credit card companies will charge us to make the refund). 
  • Requests made by March 15 will receive approximately 80% of the amount originally paid (amount paid minus both the amount that the credit card companies charged us for the original transaction plus the amount they will charge us to make the refund).
  • Requests made by March 27 will receive approximately 75% of the amount originally paid.
  • No refunds will be made after March 27.