News from the Society for the Study of Social Problems

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) invites submissions for the 70th Annual Meeting, to be held August 7-9, 2020, at the Park Central Hotel in San Francisco, CA.  The program theme selected by President Heather M. Dalmage is Bringing the Hope Back In: Sociological Imagination and Dreaming Transformation.  The submission deadline is January 31, 2020.  SSSP is an interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students interested in the application of critical, scientific, and humanistic perspectives to the study of vital social problems.  If you are involved in scholarship or action in pursuit of a just society nationally or internationally, you belong in the SSSP.  You will meet others engaged in research to find the causes and consequences of social problems, as well as others seeking to apply existing scholarship to the formulation of social policies.  For more information contact or visit

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) is pleased to announce the 2020 Student Paper Competitions and Outstanding Scholarship Awards.  In order to be considered for any of the Student Paper Competitions, applicants are required to submit their papers through the Annual Meeting Call for Papers, by January 31, 2020.  This will ensure that winning papers are both designated and included in the program.  Please note that students may only submit to one division and that each division has its own deadline and submission process.  For information, visit

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) is soliciting applications for the 2020 Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Fellowship.  Persons identified as American Indian/Alaska Native, Arab/Middle Eastern/North African, Asian/Asian-American, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, or, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) from one of the aforementioned groups, accepted into an accredited doctoral program in any one of the social and/or behavioral sciences are invited to apply for the $15,000 fellowship.  Two students will be funded.  Applications must be received in their entirety no later than February 1, 2020.  Applicants will be notified of the results by July 15, 2020.  All applicants must be a current SSSP member at the time of their application. With the exception of DACA students, who are also eligible, applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.  Contact Dr. France Winddance Twine, Chair, with questions concerning the fellowship: or visit

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