World Social Science Association

Formerly the Western Social Science Association

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Executive Council 2022-2023


William Schaniel

Elected Office

William Schaniel, Ph.D.

University of West Georgia (retired)

Global Scholastic Services

126 Point Rd.

Whitesburg, GA 30185

Immediate Past President

Jussi Laine

Jussi Laine, Ph.D.

Professor of Multidisciplinary Border Studies

Docent of Human Geography

Karelian Institute of the University of Eastern Finland

Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies


Karen Jarratt-Snider

Elected Office

Karen Jarratt-Snider, Ph.D.


Department of Applied Indigenous Studies

Northern Arizona University

P.O. Box 15020

Flagstaff, AZ 86011

Vice-President / Secretary

Elected Office

Ruth Whisler, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Northern Arizona University - Yuma Branch Campus

PO Box 6236, Yuma, AZ 85366

Phone:  928-373-8880


WSSA Council Members

Council Member Through 2026

Pierre M. Atlas, Ph.D.

Elected Office

Pierre M. Atlas, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer

Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Indiana University Indianapolis

801 W. Michigan Street

BS 4050

Indianapolis, IN 46202

Council Member Through 2026

Fernando Viacava Breiding

Elected Office

Fernando Viacava Breiding

Tecnológico Nacional de México, Campus Morelia



Council Member Through 2026

Pete Martini

Elected Office

Pete Martini, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Nevada State University

1300 Nevada State Drive

Kasner Academic Building 119

Henderson, NV 89002

Council Member Through 2025

Barbara Bonnekessen

Elected Office

Barbara Bonnekessen, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Eastern Illinois University

600 Lincoln Avenue

Charleston, IL 61920-3099

Council Member Through 2025

Michèle Companion

Elected Office

Michèle Companion, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology

University of Colorado - Colorado Springs

1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Phone: 719-255-4141

Council Member Through 2025

Aresta Tsosie-Paddock

Elected Office

Aresta Tsosie-Paddock, Ph.D.

University of Arizona

Council Member Through 2024

John Francis Burke

Elected Office

John Francis Burke, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science

Trinity University

George M. Storch Memorial Bldg., 105C

1 Trinity Place

San Antonio, TX 78212

Council Member Through 2024

Lisa Payne Ossian

Elected Office

Lisa Payne Ossian, Ph.D.

Senior Innovation Director, Humanities Iowa

Executive Editor, Voices from the Prairie

Professor Emerita, Des Moines Area Community College

1004 C Avenue East

Oskaloosa, IA 52577

Council Member Through 2024

Samar Zahrawi

Elected Office

Samar Zahrawi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Arabic

Sam Houston State University

1905 University Ave

Huntsville, TX 77340

Previous WSSA Emerging Scholar Award winner

Ex-Officio Council Members

Executive Director

Larry Gould

Larry A. Gould, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Northern Arizona University

2307 Chof Trail

Flagstaff, AZ 86005

Contact For:

  • All WSSA business matters
  • All WSSA legal matters
  • All WSSA election matters
  • Proposals to add or delete WSSA sections

Communications Director/On-Site Conference Manager

Kate Herke

Kate Herke, B.Sc.

La. Ofc.Student Financial Assist. (ret.)

c/o Western Social Science Assoc.

7350 Jefferson Hwy.

Suite 485-158

Baton Rouge, LA 70806


  • Conference Manager
  • Public Relations Mgr.
  • Blog Editor
  • Web Presence Mgr.
  • Deputy Executive Dir.
  • Membership Mgr.

Book Review Editor, Social Science Journal

Jonathan Westover

Jonathan Westover, Ph.D., MPA, SFHEA

Utah Valley University

Professor and Chair, Organizational Leadership

Academic Director, Center for Social Impact

Co-Editor, Social Science Journal

Krista Lynn Minnotte

Krista Lynn Minnotte, Ph.D.

Department of Sociology

University of North Dakota

225 Centennial Drive, Stop 7136

Grand Forks, ND 58202-7136

Co-Editor, Social Science Journal

Daphne Pedersen

Daphne Pedersen, Ph.D.

Department of Sociology

University of North Dakota

225 Centennial Drive, Stop 7136

Grand Forks, ND 58202-7136

Non-Council Staff

Association Archivist

Nina Burkardt

Nina Burkardt, Ph.D.

Midcontinent Ecological Science Center

United States Geological Survey (retired)

4512 McMurry Avenue

Fort Collins, CO 80525

Office: (970) 226-9275

Web Design, IT, Technical Support

Tom Stark

Thomas Stark, B.Sc.

Owner, One Stone Web

8851 N. Oracle Road #281

Oro Valley, AZ 85704

Cell: (815) 213-2479