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Program Chair for the WSSA 2022 Conference

Jussi Laine, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Multidisciplinary Border Studies
Docent of Human Geography
Karelian Institute of the University of Eastern Finland
Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies
E-mail: jussi.laine@uef.fi

 

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

The deadline to submit proposals for the 2022 conference will be January 20, 2022. 
To submit

  • an individual paper, 
  • a panel of papers, 
  • a roundtable, 
  • or a workshop/demonstration/professional development event,

       choose, below, the section for which you think your contribution would be most appropriate, click on the drop-down arrow, read the section-specific information, and the format definitions, then click on the "Start Submission" button. That will take you to the submission system. Sign in, if you already have a user account, or create a user account and then sign in. You will then fill out the submission form and submit it. 

 

Conference Policies

Everyone who plans to attend the conference needs to
CLICK HERE and read these policies.

 

 Interested in Affiliating or Associating?

Both Affiliates and Associates hold their meetings under the umbrella of the WSSA, and their members are treated as WSSA members as well as members of their own groups.  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 (ABS), Association for Latin American, Chicano, Latinx & Iberian Studies (ALACLIS), Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), and the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE). Current Associate group is the Association for Institutional Thought (AFIT). If your group is interested in affiliating with the WSSA, please let us know. You may contact:

Larry A. Gould, PhD
WSSA Executive Director
E-mail: larry.gould@nau.edu

If your section did not previously meet the definition of an affiliate or associate group, but has now met those definitions, please contact the Communications Director, Kate Herke to have your description changed in the list below.
 

Who Must Register ?

Everyone who will attend the conference must register, including all presenters.  See our "Registration" page for instructions on how to register, information about refunds, and the links to the on-line registration form.

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African/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

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A “PANEL” is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. They must already have all of the papers and authors' information available.

A "ROUNDTABLE” is an open session on a specified topic, with NO PAPERS, just the information about the people meeting to discuss.  Information about all discussants must be included in the submission, along with a description of the topic.

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American Indian Studies

  • Aresta Tsosie-Paddock Title: Coordinator
    Email: alarusso@arizona.edu
    Affiliation: University of Arizona

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A “PANEL” is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. They must already have all of the papers and authors' information available.

A "ROUNDTABLE” is an open session on a specified topic, with NO PAPERS, just the information about the people meeting to discuss.  Information about all discussants must be included in the submission, along with a description of the topic.

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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@eiu.edu
    Affiliation: Eastern Illinois University

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A “PANEL” is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. They must already have all of the papers and authors' information available.

A "ROUNDTABLE” is an open session on a specified topic, with NO PAPERS, just the information about the people meeting to discuss.  Information about all discussants must be included in the submission, along with a description of the topic.

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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

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A "ROUNDTABLE” is an open session on a specified topic, with NO PAPERS, just the information about the people meeting to discuss.  Information about all discussants must be included in the submission, along with a description of the topic.

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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.

  • Barbara Greene Email: brgreene@tiu.ac.jp
    Affiliation: Tokyo International University, Japan

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A “PANEL” is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. They must already have all of the papers and authors' information available.

A "ROUNDTABLE” is an open session on a specified topic, with NO PAPERS, just the information about the people meeting to discuss.  Information about all discussants must be included in the submission, along with a description of the topic.

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Association for Borderlands Studies

A community of border scholars and practitioners committed to the interdisciplinary understanding of borders and transborder communities. â—Ź  Únete a una comunidad de académicos y expertos comprometidos con el estudio interdisciplinario de las fronteras y las comunidades fronterizas.

  • T. Mark Montoya Email: T.Montoya@nau.edu
    Website: https://my.sharepoint.nau.edu/personal/tmm39
    Affiliation: Northern Arizona University

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A “PANEL” is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. They must already have all of the papers and authors' information available.

A "ROUNDTABLE” is an open session on a specified topic, with NO PAPERS, just the information about the people meeting to discuss.  Information about all discussants must be included in the submission, along with a description of the topic.

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Association for Latin American, Chicano, Latinx & Iberian Studies (ALACLIS) (affiliate)

ALACLIS, an affiliated organization to WSSA, receives proposals for panels or individual papers based on completed research or with partial results, as well as theoretical reflections and interventions on social, economic and cultural problems in Latin American/Chicano/Latinx/Iberian studies. Proposals may be within the regions and in their relationships and/or with the rest of the world, featuring presentations from any discipline which include dynamics addressing those targeted identities, no matter how they are defined, whether politically, ethnically, linguistically or otherwise, but all with a scientific, interdisciplinary and transregional perspective, based on the social sciences and the humanities. Latin America is considered both in its traditions that are prolonged in the present and in its aspirations for integration and autonomy under construction, not only in the economic field, but in the ideological, cultural, political, and more.

Among others, we welcome proposals on

  1. Economics & Sustainable Regional Development
  2. Educational Systems & Intersectorial Social Policies
  3. Public Administration & Business
  4. Culture, Ethnicity & Social Inequalities
  5. Human Rights and Mobility
  6. Genres, Identities & Subjectivities
  7. Chicano, Latinx & Iberian
  8. Latin America - Global South
  9. International Politics, Regional Integration and Geopolitics
  10. Reflexivity, Critical Thinking & Social Sciences

  • Jesus Ruiz Flores Title: First Coordinator
    Email: wssa.latinamerican@gmail.com
    Affiliation: Universidad de Guadalajara
  • Debra D. Andrist Email: dda003@SHSU.edu
    Affiliation: Sam Houston State University, Texas, USA
  • Fernando Pedro Viacava-Breiding Email: welblund@yahoo.com
    Affiliation: Tecnologico Nacional de Mexico, Campus Morelia

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A "ROUNDTABLE” is an open session on a specified topic, with NO PAPERS, just the information about the people meeting to discuss.  Information about all discussants must be included in the submission, along with a description of the topic.

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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@iu.edu
    Phone: 317.955.6336
    Affiliation: Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs

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A "ROUNDTABLE” is an open session on a specified topic, with NO PAPERS, just the information about the people meeting to discuss.  Information about all discussants must be included in the submission, along with a description of the topic.

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Chicano/Latino/Hispanic Studies - see "Association for Latin American, Chicano, Latinx & Iberian Studies (ALACLIS)"

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A “PANEL” is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. They must already have all of the papers and authors' information available.

A "ROUNDTABLE” is an open session on a specified topic, with NO PAPERS, just the information about the people meeting to discuss.  Information about all discussants must be included in the submission, along with a description of the topic.

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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.

  • Main Contact : James G. Linn Ph.D. Email: jlinn87844@aol.com
    Affiliation: Optimal Solutions in Healthcare and International Development
  • Heather Albanesi Ph.D. Email: halbanes@uccs.edu
    Affiliation: University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
  • Cynthia Jackson Ph.D. Email: cynthiajcksnjr@hotmail.com

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A "ROUNDTABLE” is an open session on a specified topic, with NO PAPERS, just the information about the people meeting to discuss.  Information about all discussants must be included in the submission, along with a description of the topic.

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Communication Studies

  • Jon Leon Torn Email: jon.torn@nau.edu
    Affiliation: Northern Arizona University

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A "ROUNDTABLE” is an open session on a specified topic, with NO PAPERS, just the information about the people meeting to discuss.  Information about all discussants must be included in the submission, along with a description of the topic.

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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.

  • Dr. Marianne Nielsen Title: Coordinator
    Email: M.Nielsen@nau.edu
    Website: https://directory.nau.edu/faculty?name=nielsen&person=mn
    Affiliation: Northern Arizona University,

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A "ROUNDTABLE” is an open session on a specified topic, with NO PAPERS, just the information about the people meeting to discuss.  Information about all discussants must be included in the submission, along with a description of the topic.

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Economics (Association for Institutional Thought) (associate)

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.

  • Yan Liang Title: Coordinator
    Email: liangy@willamette.edu
    Website: https://willamette.edu/arts-sciences/economics/faculty/index.html
    Affiliation: Willamette University

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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

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A "ROUNDTABLE” is an open session on a specified topic, with NO PAPERS, just the information about the people meeting to discuss.  Information about all discussants must be included in the submission, along with a description of the topic.

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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

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A "ROUNDTABLE” is an open session on a specified topic, with NO PAPERS, just the information about the people meeting to discuss.  Information about all discussants must be included in the submission, along with a description of the topic.

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Geography - see "Arid Lands & Geography"

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A "ROUNDTABLE” is an open session on a specified topic, with NO PAPERS, just the information about the people meeting to discuss.  Information about all discussants must be included in the submission, along with a description of the topic.

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Globalization and Development

  • Michele Companion Email: mcompani@uccs.edu
    Affiliation: University of Colorado Colorado Springs

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A "ROUNDTABLE” is an open session on a specified topic, with NO PAPERS, just the information about the people meeting to discuss.  Information about all discussants must be included in the submission, along with a description of the topic.

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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
  • Stanford K. Lester MA, MLIS Title: Co-Coordinator
    Email: stanford.lester@yahoo.com
    Phone: 414-217-1551
    Affiliation: Independent Scholar

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A "ROUNDTABLE” is an open session on a specified topic, with NO PAPERS, just the information about the people meeting to discuss.  Information about all discussants must be included in the submission, along with a description of the topic.

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Latin American Studies - see "Association for Latin American, Chicano, Latinx & Iberian Studies (ALACLIS)"

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LGBTQ Studies

The LGBTQ section examines research, theory development, policy, and practice issues that contribute to the social and cultural construction of the LGBTQ community, social status, and legal issues involving empowerment, oppression, and social injustice.

  • Larry Gould Ph.D. Title: Coordinator, LGBTQ Studies, WSSA
    Email: Larry.Gould@nau.edu
    Affiliation: Northern Arizona University, Prof. Emeritus
  • William Pederson MSW Title: Co-Coordinator
    Email: Willam.Pederson@nau.edu
    Affiliation: Northern Arizona University, Yuma

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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

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Middle East and North Africa

  • Gamze Cavdar Title: Coordinator
    Email: Gamze.Cavdar@colostate.edu
    Affiliation: Colorado State University

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New Zealand and Australia Studies

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  • 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

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Nonprofit, Philanthropy, Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

This section is multidisciplinary and encompasses  nonprofit administration, strategy, social enterprise, social entrepreneurship and philanthropy. The section encourages submission for the inaugural year to include topics related to the impact of the Covid pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement,  and  social justice strategies. Submissions from all disciplines relating to  nonprofit, philanthropy, social enterprise and entrepreneurship will be considered

  • Patsy Kraeger Title: Co-Coordinator
    Email: pkraeger@georgiasouthern.edu
    Affiliation: Georgia Southern University
  • Umar Ghuman Title: Co-Coordinator
    Email: ughuman@csustan.edu
    Website: https://www.csustan.edu/political-science/faculty-staff
    Affiliation: California State University, Stanislaus - Public Administration

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Political Science

  • Fernando Pedro Viacava-Breiding Email: welblund@yahoo.com
    Affiliation: Tecnologico Nacional de Mexico, Campus Morelia
  • Jesus Ruiz Flores Title: First Coordinator
    Email: wssa.latinamerican@gmail.com
    Affiliation: Universidad de Guadalajara

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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
  • 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

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Public Finance And Budgeting

  • Rahul Pathak Title: Co-Coordinator
    Email: Rahul.Pathak@baruch.cuny.edu
    Affiliation: Baruch College, City University of New York
  • Andrew Crosby Title: Coordinator
    Email: andrew.crosby@northwestern.edu
    Affiliation: Northwestern University

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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

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Slavic and Eurasian Studies (affiliate)

The Western Association for Slavic Studies (WASS) meets annually as the Slavic and Eurasian Studies Section of the Western Social Science Association.
          Unfortunately, the Western Association of Slavic Studies will not be holding any meeting or conference in 2021.  This is because of the instability still lingering from COVID-19, including university funding of events, fatigue from continued online learning environments, and a general difficulty for members to produce scholarship while juggling work and home life. 
          However, because we value our collaboration with the WSSA we are dedicating this next year to networking and planning for the 2022 meeting in Denver.
          If you would still like to present at the WSSA conference in 2021, please look at the descriptions of other sections, and submit to the section in which your presentation is most likely to fit.  If you wish to have that presentation noted in the Western Association for Slavic Studies files, please notify Dr. Niebuhr (contact information below) when/if your presentation is accepted.
          
Those wishing to present papers in future meetings of the Slavic and Eurasian Studies Section need not be members of the Western Association of Slavic Studies, 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.

  • Robert Niebuhr Title: Coordinator
    Email: Robert.Niebuhr@asu.edu
    Affiliation: Arizona State University

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Social Psychology

  • Peter J. Martini Title: Coordinator, Social Psychology
    Email: Pete.Martini@nsc.edu
    Affiliation: Nevada State College

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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

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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.

  • Debra D. Andrist Email: dda003@SHSU.edu
    Affiliation: Sam Houston State University, Texas, USA

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Union for Radical Political Economists (affiliate)

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: Coordinator
    Email: Geoff.Schneider@bucknell.edu
    Affiliation: Bucknell University

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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

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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@eiu.edu
    Affiliation: Eastern Illinois University

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