Sections and Affiliates
Sections and Affiliates
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
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.
- 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.
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
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.
A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section 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. 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.
A "WORKSHOP/TUTORIAL/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EVENT" is a teaching or professional development event, lecture or demonstration that YOU will create and manage.
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.
George Kieh, Ph.D.
Title: Dean of Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs
Affiliation: Texas Southern University
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.
Position: Associate Professor of Business, Accounting, and Economics
Affiliation: Nebraska Wesleyan
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.
A community of border scholars and practitioners committed to the interdisciplinary understanding of borders and transborder communities.
Únete a una comunidad de académicos y expertos comprometidos con el estudio interdisciplinario de las fronteras y las comunidades fronterizas.
Dr. Paul Richardson
LASCIC, 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
- Economics & Sustainable Regional Development
- Educational Systems & Intersectorial Social Policies
- Public Administration & Business
- Culture, Ethnicity & Social Inequalities
- Human Rights and Mobility
- Genres, Identities & Subjectivities
- Chicano, Latinx & Iberian
- Latin America - Global South
- International Politics, Regional Integration and Geopolitics
- Reflexivity, Critical Thinking & Social Sciences
Jesus Ruiz Flores
Title: First Coordinator
Affiliation: Universidad de Guadalajara
Fernando Pedro Viacava-Breiding
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.
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.
Affiliation: Optimal Solutions in Healthcare and International Development
Heather Albanesi Ph.D.
Title: Assistant Professor, CHABSS Communication
Affiliation: San Marcos State University
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.
Stephani Anne Williams
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.
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.
Dr. Karl Geisler
Position: Professor of Business, College of Finance & Economics
Affiliate: Idaho State University
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
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.
Stanford K. Lester MA, MLIS
Affiliation: Independent Scholar
Dr. Melissa Langley Biegert
Affiliation: Dept. Radio-Television - Arkansas State University
William C. Schaniel
Affiliation: International Services & Programs - University of West Georgia
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.
Affiliation: California State University, Stanislaus - Public Administration
Dr. Laurie Mook
Affiliation: ASU - School of Community Resources and Development
Fernando Pedro Viacava-Breiding
Jesus Ruiz Flores
Title: First Coordinator
Affiliation: Universidad de Guadalajara
Viola Fuentes - Primary Contact
Affiliation: Mesa Community College
E. Scott Lee
Affiliation: Indiana University East
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
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 scholarships 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.
Djurdja Jovanovic Padejski
Peter J. Martini
Title: Co-Coordinator, Social Work
Affiliation: Utah State University
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.
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 to www.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.
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.
Affiliation: University of Louisiana at Lafayette, College of the Arts
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.