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Dear Colleague:

We invite you to join the Western Social Science Association and to review the merits of membership in a professional organization committed to interdisciplinary scholarship, service, and collegiality since its inception in 1958. Membership in the Association is included, at no extra charge, in presenters' registrations for the annual professional conference WSSA sponsors each spring, a conference which grows yearly in quality and diversity.

For those who will not be joining us at the conference, but would still like to be voting members and to receive the publications, subscription only memberships can be purchased.

All members will be sent, in the month following the annual conference, directions for free online access to The Social Science Journal, a journal that continues to receive outstanding reviews under the guidance of its editors, Daphne Pederson and Krista Lynn Minnotte, of the University of North Dakota. You will also receive the quarterly WSSA Newsletter, containing timely information and items of professional interest. 

Each year at its conference the WSSA honors three Oustanding Emerging Scholars, junior faculty members who are doing cutting edge research and have already made substantial contributions to the social sciences, with the strong promise of future such contributions.  It also presents a Distinguished Book Award and the Larry Gould Best Article Award to authors it chooses to honor.

In addition, the Association annually recognizes up to four outstanding student papers and one outstanding dissertation paper, and awards cash prizes to the student authors at its annual conference. We believe WSSA is an outstanding professional association that offers many opportunities to its members.  We look forward to receiving your membership application and to your active participation in WSSA!   Join the WSSA and be part of a professional organization committed to interdisciplinary scholarship, service, and collegiality.

Annual Membership Dues


Individual $45

Joint (individual + spouse or partner) $60

Student (full-time, only) $35

Retiree (no longer employed in field) $30

Membership Status Inquiries

Members with questions about their membership categories, expiration dates, dues amounts, etc., may contact Kate Herke, our Communications Director. Please put "Membership inquiry" and your name in the Subject line.

Answers can be expected within five working days; if the answer is needed sooner, please preface your subject line with "Urgent", and give the time frame in the body of the message -- it may be possible to reply more quickly.

Membership Payment Option #1:

Pay Online with Your Credit Card

Fill out a membership application online using your credit card. Click on the link below to go to a secure web site at which you may pay by credit card.

Membership in the Western Social Science Association for 2021-2022
(April 1, 2021 - March 31, 2022)