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Sections and Affiliates


Program Chair for the WSSA 2020 Conference

Mary Jo Tippeconnic Fox, Ph.D. (Comanche/Cherokee)
Research Professor, American Indian Studies
Affiliate Faculty, Gender and Women’s Studies
The University of Arizona
PO Box 210076
Richard P. Harvill Bldg. (#76), Rm. # 224
Tucson AZ  85721

E-mail:  foxm@email.arizona.edu

TO SECTION COORDINATORS:  Download Coordinator Handbook (PDF) here

Find, below, a section/associate/affiliate Coordinator for your field of interest

The submission process for the 2020 conference opened August 15, 2019.  The deadline to submit proposals for the 2020 conference is December 1, 2019.  Abstracts and contact information for proposed papers/panels/roundtables must be submitted to the Coordinator of the appropriate section or affiliate, who will review the submission and accept or reject the submission, or refer it to a different section.  Submissions must be made through our online submissions site.  Click the following link for step-by-step instructions on how to submit.  Instructions

When submitting a proposal for a WSSA Conference, you will need:

  1. Name of the author(s) --- if there is more than one author, information on all authors must be submitted
  2. Name of the educational institution, government agency, or other organization that you and any other authors work for
  3. Title of paper, panel, or roundtable
  4. Short abstract
  5. Section name and/or Section Coordinator's name

When you have them, click your section of interest, and follow the instructions given above.

Interested in Affiliating or Associating?

Both Affiliates and Associates hold their meetings under the umbrella of the WSSA, and their members are treated as members by WSSA.  Affiliate groups have their own journal, business operations, and organizational structure.  Associate groups have their own business operations and organizational structure. Current Affiliate groups are the Association for Borderlands Studies, Slavic & Eurasian Studies, and the Union for Radical Political Economics. Current Associate group is the Association for Institutional Thought. If your group is interested in affiliating with the WSSA, please let us know. You may contact:

Larry A. Gould, PhD
WSSA Executive Director
Direct Line: (928) 606-2248
Fax: (928) 525-2304
E-mail: larry.gould@nau.edu

If your section now meets the definition of an affiliate or associate group, please contact the Communications Director, Kate Herke. to have your description changed in the list below.
 

Who Must Register ?

All presenters must register, preferably during the pre-registration period. See our "Registration" page for instructions on how to register, information about refunds, and links both to the registration website and to a downloadable paper form for those who prefer not to use the web.

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African-American Studies

This section adds to a commitment of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary academic excellence by highlighting Contemporary theories and research of African and African Americans. Scholarly discussions are presented on academic, social, economic, and historical issues that impact the African and African American experience in the United States. We accept contributions from any discipline that facilitates intellectual discussion on the history, culture, religion, politics, economics, arts, sociology, health, and the Diaspora of peoples of African descent as developed from experiences in both the old and new worlds.

  • Stephen Brown Title: Assistant Professor of Social Work
    Email: stbrown@calbaptist.edu
    Affiliation: California Baptist University
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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American Indian Studies

  • Primary Contact - Dr. Leo Killsback Title: Coordinator, American Indian Studies
    Email: Leo.Killsback@asu.edu
    Website: https://isearch.asu.edu/profile/1636593
    Affiliation: Arizona State University
  • Cheryl Bennett Title: Co-coordinator, American Indian Studies
    Email: Cheryl.Louise.Bennett@asu.edu
    Website: https://isearch.asu.edu/profile/1904192
    Affiliation: Arizona State University
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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American Studies

This section adopts an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the American experience. Papers and panels may range across the humanities and social sciences. Over the past decade, presentations in this section have come from specialists in history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, gender studies, ethnic studies, political science, sociology, anthropology, folklore, art, architecture, film, music, popular culture, material culture, and other fields.

  • Section Coordinator for This Section Title: is in transition
    Email: Please check back later
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Anthropology

This section presents perspectives from sociocultural anthropology on the diversity and the dynamics of collective human life. Topics examine the subfields of archaeology, biocultural anthropology, and sociocultural anthropology through the examination of selected problems in human physical, cultural, and social evolution.

  • Barbara Bonnekessen Ph.D. Title: Coordinator
    Email: bbonnekessen@pittstate.edu
    Affiliation: Pittsburg State University
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Arid Lands Studies & Geography

Arid Lands Studies & Geography is designed to emphasize the importance of, and coordinate the efforts for, studying human adaptation to the world’s arid and semiarid lands.  As a multidisciplinary section, we welcome submissions from a diverse set of disciplines such as economics, anthropology, geography, history, agriculture, and hydrology.  Our goal is to encourage and increase the general awareness of the problems and potentials of the arid and semiarid lands of the world, and of human adjustment to and impact upon them.    

  • Mark Melichar Email: mmelichar@tntech.edu
    Affiliation: Tennessee Technical University
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Asian Studies

This section presents studies on issues, concerns and perspectives of Asia and Asians. Topics can be in the areas of communication, economics, education, health, politics and sociology.

  • Meghna Sabharwal Email: meghna.sabharwal@utdallas.edu
    Affiliation: University of Texas at Dallas
  • Barbara Greene Email: brgreen@tiu.ac.jp
    Affiliation: Tokyo International University, Japan
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS)

This Affiliate is a multidisciplinary and international network of scholars who are involved in various aspects of border region studies. Principal focal points of the ABS' work have been in the area of economics, political sciences, history, sociology and cultural studies. Although much of ABS's activities has centered on the US-Mexican Borderlands, members are increasingly involved in the study of European, Asian and other border regions.

View Association of Borderlands Studies website

  • Jussi P. Laine Email: Jussi.laine@uef.fi
    Affiliation: University of Eastern Finland
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Canadian Studies

This section accepts proposals for papers, panels and roundtables relating to any disciplines or areas of Canadian Studies, not just the social sciences. Usually the Canadian Studies Section has an emphasis on the Canadian West and comparisons between the Canadian and American West, and also Mexico, however, the section covers all aspects of Canadian Studies and is happy to have panels on Canadian Literature, Arts, and Humanities as well as panels on Canadian Geography, History, Anthropology, Economics, Politics, Business, Environment, Public Policy, etc. etc. The Canadian Studies Section is eager to have panels appropriately cross-listed with other WSSA Sections, such as Borderland Studies, Political Science, Native Studies, etc.

View Canadian Studies website

  • Pierre M Atlas Email: patlas@marian.edu
    Phone: 317.955.6336
    Website: www.marian.edu/LFCGS
    Affiliation: Marian University
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Chicano/Latino/Hispanic Studies

In theme-based panels ranging through the social sciences, arts, humanities or pedagogy, Chicano/Latino/Hispanic Studies sessions feature presentations from any discipline which include dynamics addressing those three targeted identities, no matter how they are defined, whether politically, ethnically, linguistically or otherwise.

 

En paneles con temas que rangan por las ciencias sociales, las artes, las humanidades o la pedagogía, las sesiones de los Estudios Chicanos/Latinos/Hispanos puedan incluir ponencias de cualquiera disciplina que incluyen las dinámicas que se dirigen a dichas tres identidades, o que sean las definiciones de ellas políticas, étnicas, lingüísticas o lo que sea.

  • Debra D. Andrist Ph.D. Title: Professor of Spanish; Advisor, Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish Honorary)
    Email: dda003@shsu.edu
    Phone: 936-294-1414
    Affiliation: Sam Houston State University
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Chronic Disease and Disability

The section encourages research on policies,problems,cultural representations,
health issues,and experiences that involve people with chronic disease and disabilities.
This section encourages graduate students and junior professors to present their
work in a supportive setting. Experienced and advanced scholars also are very
welcome to share their work. In the late 1980s the WSSA Section on Chronic
Disease and Disability developed the national and international professional
organization,Society for Disability Studies. Sociologists Ivrving K.Zola,Barbara
Altman and Devva Kassnitz were among the leaders of this pioneering effort.

  • Debra Rose Wilson Email: debrarosewilson@comcast.net
    Affiliation: Managing Editor, International Journal of Childbirth Education
  • Heather Albanesi Email: halbanes@uccs.edu
    Affiliation: University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
  • Cynthia Jackson Ph.D. Email: cjackson@mmc.edu
    Affiliation: Dept. of Internal Medicine at Meharry Medical College, and Dept. of Forensic Psychology at Walden University
  • Main Contact : James G. Linn Ph.D. Email: jlinn87844@aol.com
    Affiliation: Optimal Solutions in Healthcare and International Development
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Communication Studies

  • Jon Leon Torn Email: jon.torn@nau.edu
    Affiliation: Northern Arizona University
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Criminal Justice and Criminology

This section accepts papers on all aspects of criminological theory, research and practice. This includes both the practice of criminal justice administration and the critical study of this practice. Areas range from the micro study of criminal behavior and victimology through the meso study of both criminal and criminal justice organizations to the macro study of the social implications of crime and the administration of criminal justice through the police, courts and correctional systems.

  • Kevin Thompson Email: kevin.thompson@ndsu.edu
    Affiliation: North Dakota State University
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Economics (Association for Institutional Thought)

A.F.I.T. is an Associate disciplinary group of WSSA.    With recognition of the role of culture in organizing economic activity, institutional work draws its inspiration from messy reality-- the overlap of disciplinary boundaries, the interaction between diverse intellectual traditions, and the conflict and cooperation between social groups within and between societies. Possible themes for papers and/or panels could include the influence of other social science traditions on institutional economics, the application of interdisciplinary work in pragmatic policy analysis, the connection or overlap between diverse elements within heterodox economic theory, and the relevance of cultural norms and cross cultural conflict in the study of economic systems.

  • Erik Dean Email: erikndean@gmail.com
    Affiliation: Portland Community College
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Economics (Business and Finance)

THIS SECTION IS NOT CURRENTLY ACTIVE.  PLEASE SEE "ECONOMICS (GENERAL)"

  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Economics (General)

This section presents perspectives for general economics on the allocation of scarce resources among competing ends. Topics include, but are not limited to, the subfields of labor economics, public finance, health economics, demographic economics, international trade and economic development.

  • Chris Erickson Email: chrerick@nmsu.edu
    Affiliation: New Mexico State University
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Environmental Policy & Natural Resources Management

The Environmental Policy and Natural Resources Management section accepts covers the full array of environmental social science disciplines, subfields, and topics. Topics include but are not at all limited to: land management; public resource management; technology and policy related to food, energy, and water; animal studies; environmental values; consumption studies. 

  • Coordinator : Chelsea Schelly Email: cschelly@mtu.edu
    Affiliation: Department of Social Sciences, Michigan Technical University
  • Co-coordinator Amber Overholser Email: AmberOverholser@saumag.edu
    Affiliation: Southern Arkansas University
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Geography

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  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Globalization and Development

  • Michele Companion Email: mcompani@uccs.edu
    Affiliation: University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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History

History takes in the whole scope of the human condition so long as the action or event has occurred in the past. Thus, while historians may focus on such questions as political, social, or women's history, and periodization remains important, any aspect of human action or thought is in the historian's purview.

  • Primary Contact : Monica S. Gallamore Ph.D. Title: Coordinator
    Email: monica.gallamore@gmail.com
    Phone: 414-217-3706
    Affiliation: Collin College - Preston Ridge Campus
  • Stanford K. Lester MA, MLIS Title: Co-Coordinator
    Email: stanford.lester@yahoo.com
    Phone: 414-217-1551
    Affiliation: Independent Scholar
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Latin American Studies

The section of Latin-American studies considers Latin America as a region of countries that have a common history since the colonial period under the domination of Spain and Portugal. The study of this region's history, politics and culture (at the global and national level in each country) is the object of this section. The coordinators of this section work on predominantly analyses on present problems and on their projects toward the future. These analyses pay special attention to contemporary issues addressing relevant debates about projects that outline and propose a better development of the region.

  • Jesus Ruiz Flores Email: mgems.ruiz@gmail.com
    Affiliation: Departamento de Politica y Sociedad
    Universidad de Guadalajara
  • Fernando Pedro Viacava-Breiding Email: welblund@yahoo.com
    Affiliation: Instituto Nacional Tecnologico de Morelia, Mexico
  • Mar Rojas Santana Email: Marrojas126@gmail.com
    Affiliation: Centro Universitario de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades, Universidad de Guadalajara
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Mass Communication

  • Mary Jackson-Pitts Email: mpitts@astate.edu
    Phone: 8709723361
    Affiliation: Dept. Radio-Television
    Arkansas State University
  • Lily Zeng Email: zengli@astate.edu
    Affiliation: Arkansas State University
    Dept. Radio-Television
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Middle East and North Africa

  • Gamze Cavdar Title: Coordinator
    Email: Gamze.Cavdar@colostate.edu
    Affiliation: Colorado State University
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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New Zealand and Australia Studies

View New Zealand and Australia Studies website.

  • William C. Schaniel Email: wschanie@westga.edu
    Affiliation: International Services & Programs
    University of West Georgia
  • Suzzanne Kelley Email: suzzanne.kelley@ndsu.edu
    Phone: 701-231-6848
    Affiliation: North Dakota State University
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Political Science

  • Magdiel Gomez- Munoz Email: magdielgomez@gmail.com
    Affiliation: Centro Universitario de la Cienega, Universidad de Guadalajara
  • Adria Velia Gonzalez- Beltrones Email: adriaveliagonales@gmail.com
    Affiliation: Division de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de Sonora
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Public Administration

  • Viola Fuentes - primary contact Email: Viola.Fuentes@asu.edu
    Website: https://isearch.asu.edu/profile/70660
    Affiliation: Arizona State University
  • Patsy Kraeger Title: Assistant Professor
    Email: pkraeger@georgiasouthern.edu
    Affiliation: Georgia Southern University, Institute for Public and Nonprofit Studies
  • Chandra Commuri Email: ccommuri@csub.edu
    Phone: 6616546140
    Affiliation: California State University at Bakersfield
  • E. Scott Lee Email: scottlee@iue.edu
    Website: https://www.iue.edu/people/index.php?dept=Political+Science
    Affiliation: Indiana University East
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Public Finance And Budgeting

  • Main contact : Rahul Pathak Title: Coordinator
    Email: Rahul.Pathak@baruch.cuny.edu
    Affiliation: Baruch College, City University of New York
  • Sarah Larson Email: Sarah.Larson@ucf.edu
    Affiliation: University of Central Florida
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Rural & Agricultural Studies

Rural & Agricultural Studies is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary section. Studies of rural areas or agriculture, in their broadest definitions and in any part of the world, are welcome. Varying in scope, approach, and method, and ranging from sociology to literature, participants' works have addressed small towns, extraction-based economies, population change, game management, food policy, rural women's literature and social and environmental history.

  • Coordinator Lisa Ossian Email: LLOssian@aol.com
    Affiliation: Des Moines Area Community College
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Slavic and Eurasian Studies

The Western Association for Slavic Studies (WASS) meets annually as the Slavic and Eurasian Studies Section of the Western Social Science Association. Those wishing to present papers in the Slavic and Eurasian Studies Section need not be members of the WASS, but are welcome to join. The Slavic and Eurasian Studies Section is interested in all aspects of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe along with the territories of the former Soviet Union, including, but not limited to: Anthropology, History, Literature, Political Science, Music, Religious Studies, and Sociology.

  • Evguenia Davidova Title: Coordinator, Slavic and Eurasian Studies
    Email: evguenia@pdx.edu
    Affiliation: Portland State University
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Social Psychology

  • Peter J. Martini Title: Coordinator, Social Psychology
    Email: pjmartini@manchester.edu
    Affiliation: Manchester University
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Social Work

  • Diane Calloway-Graham Title: Co-Coordinator, Social Work
    Email: diane.calloway-graham@usu.edu
    Affiliation: Utah State University
  • Moises Diaz Title: Co-Coordinator, Social Work
    Email: moises.diaz@usu.edu
    Affiliation: Utah State University
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Sociology

This section presents a range of perspectives on social life. Subfields include gender, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, family, organizations, education, politics, sexuality, globalization, social movements, stratification, consumption, law, medicine, and technology.

  • KuoRay Mao Email: kuoray.mao@colostate.edu
    Affiliation: Colorado State University
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Union for Radical Political Economists

Founded in 1968, The Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE) is an interdisciplinary membership organization of academics and of activists. Its mission is to promote the study, development and application of radical political economic analysis to social problems. Concretely this involves a continuing critique of both the capitalist system, and of all forms of exploitation and oppression. URPE’s mission also includes, coming out of this critique, helping to construct a progressive social policy, and a human-centered radical alternative to capitalism. Please go towww.urpe.org for more information about URPE, including how you can join. 

URPE is a national and international organization, but it has to date provided very few conference opportunities for our western members. We seek to rectify that by becoming a regular part of the WSSA. In particular, we hope to bring together academics and activists working to try to build a better, fairer, more sustainable society. As an interdisciplinary organization, we see the WSSA as a natural partner and we look forward to many years of fruitful collaboration. 

We would welcome proposals for joint sessions from other WSSA associations. URPE is interested in proposals from any perspective that incorporates or is sympathetic to Radical Political Economy. Submissions could involve individual papers, entire sessions, round tables on important topics or books, and sessions and workshops on teaching. Submissions by graduate students, activists and academics are encouraged.

  • Geoffrey Schneider Title: Co-Coordinator
    Email: Geoff.Schneider@bucknell.edu
    Affiliation: Bucknell University
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Urban Studies

This section examines the human condition in relationship to the physical, cultural, social, and environmental aspects of community.  It promotes the study of urban environments in the disciplines of Urban Design, Planning, Architecture, Housing, Urban Art, Transportation, History of the City, Parks, Landscapes, and other research pertaining to the advancement of the urban condition.

  • Thomas Sammons Email: Thomas.Sammons@louisiana.edu
    Affiliation: University of Louisiana
    College of the Arts
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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Women's and Gender Studies

This section accepts papers, panels, and round tables from this interdisciplinary field that examine gender as a social and cultural construction, the social status and contributions of women, and the relationships between power and gender. Areas range from gender and sexuality, to queer studies, to feminist theory.

  • Barbara Bonnekessen Ph.D. Title: Coordinator
    Email: bbonnekessen@pittstate.edu
    Affiliation: Pittsburg State University
  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section Coordinator that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. All of the papers and authors intended for this panel must be included in the submission at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just description of the topic and the information about the people meeting to discuss.

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