The 63rd Annual Conference will take place
March 24-27, 2021,
in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

Conference Hotel :
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
Due to COVID-19 schedule disruptions, the date of the last day to reserve a room at the conference rate is currently unknown, but the date should be approximately the end of February.  When that date is determined, it will be posted here.
For further hotel information,  click here.

The portal for submission of proposed papers and roundtables, for review for the conference, will open September 1, 2020.
The link to the submission portal will appear here, when the portal opens.
The deadline for participants to submit abstracts and contact information for proposed papers/panels/roundtables is December 7, 2020.

Refunds of registration fees will be available to persons who pre-register for the conference, and then learn that their papers were not accepted.  Refunds for this reason must be requested within two weeks of notification that the paper was not accepted.    Send request, with copy of notification, to  See "Refund Policy" below, for information on other refunds.

About the Conference Program

For the convenience of the participants, the conference program, as it will be printed, should be available here for download by mid-February, 2021.  Iterations of the program will be updated daily on the conference's mobile app during the conference.  The final, complete, official program should be available online, with all deletions, additions, and changes included, sometime in late-April, 2021.

While at the conference, attendees are encouraged to take advantage of our mobile program app.  There will be a limited number of printed programs available at the conference registration desk, but they will not include changes made after the program is sent to the publisher at the end of January.   The mobile app will be completely up-to-date as the conference begins, and will be updated daily during the conference, with changes in rooms, times, and panel participants.

2021 Program Chair

Anthony Amato, Ph.D. 
Professor of Social Science
Southwest Minnesota State University
Marshall, MN, USA

WSSA Code of Conduct

All WSSA attendees are expected to abide by the WSSA Code of Conduct, regarding courtesy, registration & badge policies, and recording. Please click here to read the Code.


It is the policy of the Western Social Science Association that video recording and/or voice recording are not allowed during any breakout session, without the explicit consent of the presenter(s).  The Western Social Science Association considers all presentations made during the conference to be copyright protected and only the presenter of the paper can give consent for the presentation to be digitally recorded.Any person found to be recording a presenter, without explicit consent, will be asked to stop the process of recording.  If that individual refuses to stop the recording, they will be asked to leave the session.  If the individual refuses to leave the session, hotel security will be contacted. Additionally, all space leased from the host hotel for events listed in the program of events is considered to be private space.  The space is open for all registered attendees of the conference.  No individuals, other than hotel staff, may enter or remain in space leased by the Western Social Science Association without an officially issued Western Social Science Association identification. The Western Social Science Association has the authority to issue complimentary name badges to accredited journalists, invited plenary speakers, and/or other people who have not been required to pay for a conference registration.

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 TO 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 for the 2020-2021 membership year (April 1, 2020 - March 31, 2021), 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 February 17 of the conference year to identify the accommodation that you need. The Meeting Services staff will contact you to discuss needs and possible arrangements. 

Privacy Statement

The WSSA will not sell or give the contact information of its participants, without their explicit written consent, to anyone not named below, except as required by law. Both submission of a paper, panel, or roundtable, and registration as a conference participant, give consent to the WSSA to contact the submitter and/or registrant with information regarding the conference. Submission of a paper, panel, or roundtable gives consent for the WSSA to give the submitter's contact information to the Coordinator of the section to which the paper, panel, or roundtable has been submitted or referred. Registration confers membership in the WSSA, and gives consent to the WSSA to send the member the Social Science Journal and WSSA News subscriptions to which registration entitles the participant, for the period of the membership. Members may opt out of their subscriptions at any time. Both registration as a participant and submission of a paper, panel, or roundtable give consent for the WSSA to send a "Call for Papers" for an upcoming conference. Persons receiving these "Calls" may opt out of further messages at any time.  Please see the "Recording" section, above, for the WSSA policy strictly limiting permissions for recording at the conferences.

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 Organizations' Upcoming Conferences" link, below the "Conferences" tab.

Refund Policy

Requests for refunds of conference registration must be made in writing, to the Conference Manager, at

  • Persons who pre-registered for the conference, then were notified that their submissions were declined, are eligible for full refunds IF they request the refund, by email to, within two weeks of the notification that the submission was declined.
  • Requests made by March 2 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 5 will receive approximately 75% of the amount originally paid (amount paid, minus both the amount that the credit card companies charged us for the original transaction, AND the amount they will charge us to make the refund).
  • Requests made by March 12 will receive approximately 65% of the amount originally paid.
  • No refunds will be made after March 12.