Annual Conference

Each year in April, approximately 750 social scientists gather for the Association's annual conference. At a typical conference, held over three and one-half days, the participants (organized in some 30 sections and affiliated groups) present 800 papers at 300 disciplinary and interdisciplinary panel sessions. Five affiliated organizations --Borderlands Studies, Canadian Studies, Economics: AFIT, Land Grant Studies and Slavic Studies--meet concurrently with WSSA. Visit this year's conference page.

Through its interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary commitment, WSSA offers an alternative to the tendency toward parochial scholarship and provides a means for social scientists, regardless of intellectual persuasion or scholarly enthusiasm, to communicate. To facilitate involvement, the various sections and affiliated groups organize their own conference panels under the general guidance of the Association's President-Elect.

The Social Science Journal

The Social Science Journal, the official journal of the WSSA, is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary quarterly journal, dedicated to the promotion of scholarly research. Social science is interpreted in the classical sense and we accept the idea that scholarship appears in a variety of methodological forms.

All articles are refereed. Theoretical as well as speculative articles are considered as fully as those using extensive statistical analyses. The major concern is the quality of work rather than approach or method. In addition to articles, the journal publishes research notes and book reviews. Issue number four each year is a special issue focusing on a particular theme or area of study. For more information, please contact the editor at the address below.

Editor, Social Science Journal
Scott Carson
University of Texas, Permian Basin
4901 East University
Odessa, TX 79762
Phone : 432-552-2195

Book Reviews for the Social Science Journal

The Social Science Journal publishes book reviews for the various social science disciplines and in the fields represented by the affiliated sections of the Western Social Science Association. Any scholar interested in being considered to write a book review should contact:

Scott Carson
University of Texas, Permian Basin
4901 East University
Odessa, TX 79762
Phone : 432-552-2195


The WSSA News is published twice each year by the WSSA. It contains short articles of general interest as well as items of interestprimarily to members, including (in the appropriate issues) the call for conference papers, notice of the student paper competition, a conference registration form, and information about upcoming conferences.

Contact the Newsletter Editor, Kate Herke, at, with inquiries, corrections, or suggestions.  Persons wishing to submit articles for consideration should e-mail them to that address in Word format.  Deadlines for inclusion are generally mid-July for the Fall issue (published late August or early September) and mid-November for the Spring issue (published mid-January).

Fall 2013
Spring 2013
Fall 2012
Spring 2012
Fall 2011
Spring 2011
Fall 2010
Spring 2010
Fall 2009
Spring 2009
Fall 2008
Spring 2008
Fall 2007
Spring 2007
Fall 2006
Spring 2006
Fall 2005
Spring 2005
Winter 2004
Fall 2004
Spring 2004
Winter 2003
Fall 2003
Spring 2003

Other Publications

The association also publishes a Conference Program and Abstracts of conference papers. The preliminary program will be available on the conference page approximately one month before the conference; printed programs will be given to registrants on site. Abstracts will be available online.

Past conference programs and abstracts can be found here.

Student Paper Competition

The winners of the best graduate and undergraduate paper awards each receive a certificate and a cash prize of $500 and free registration for the 2014 conference in Albuquerque.  Registration confers WSSA membership for one year, including a subscription to the Social Science Journal.  Congratulatory letters from the WSSA President-Elect will be sent to the students’ department chairs, deans, provosts and other administrators at the students’ home institutions. Those who come to the WSSA conference to present their work will receive up to two nights’ hotel accommodation. Authors of excellent papers that are not chosen for the award are eligible to receive a certificate of honorable mention and a congratulatory letter. Winners’ papers will be considered for publication in the Journal and may be presented on an appropriate panel at the conference. For further information, see the Call for Student Papers.