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World Social Science Association

Formerly the Western Social Science Association

Scholarship, Service, Collegiality

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Welcome To
The World Social Science Association

The World Social Science Association (WSSA) is committed to multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship, service, and collegiality. The WSSA's mission includes fostering professional study, advancing research, promoting the teaching of social science, and encouraging professional exchange across the social science disciplines.

WSSA draws scholars and others in some 32 disciplines, or "sections," from across the United States, and around the world; convenes an annual conference; conducts research competitions for faculty and students; and publishes The Social Science Journal, a juried, quarterly research journal.

The 2023 conference will be held at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in Tempe, Arizona, USA. A block of rooms has been reserved for those attending the conference. After October 1, 2022, you will be able to make a reservation within the conference block of rooms by clicking here.

The WSSA Has Changed Its Name To
The World Social Science Association

After several years of discussion about the expanding geographic and pedagogical reach of the Western Social Science Association, the WSSA Executive Council proposed a name change. By unanimous vote of the membership at the Annual Business Meeting in Denver on April 1, 2022 the name change was approved. The Western Social Science Association has officially changed its name to the World Social Science Association. This action, as were similar Association actions in the past, reflects how the Association has both broadened and evolved.

The WSSA's 65th Annual Conference

April 12 through April 15, 2023

Tempe Mission Palms
Tempe, Arizona