Sections and Affiliations

Although a majority of its members reside in the American West, WSSA draws social scientists from throughout the United States and internationally. Membership is open to all who share the Association's goals. Currently, WSSA has thirty sections and affiliated groups which include a number of specific sections organized around shared interests and a number of affiliated groups.

To find a section coordinator for your field of interest, use the drop-down menu menu below.

interested in affiliating

If your association is interested in affiliating with the WSSA, please let us know. You may contact Larry Gould, WSSA Executive Director.

If your association already affiliates with WSSA and you would like its homepage linked to the WSSA web site, please contact Chris Hiryak to send him the association's complete website address.

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
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Brandman University
sbrown@brandman.edu

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american indian studies

Coordinator:
Leo Killsback
American Indian Studies
Arizona State University
Leo.Killsback@asu.edu

Deputy Coordinator:
Cheryl Bennett
cherylredhorse@gmail.com

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american studies

This section adopts an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the American experience. Papers and panels may range across the humanities and social sciences. Over the past decade, presentations in this section have come from specialists in history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, gender studies, ethnic studies, political science, sociology, anthropology, folklore, art, architecture, film, music, popular culture, material culture, and other fields.

Darrin Grinder
E-mail:dlgrinder@nnu.edu

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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.

Heather Albanesi
University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
Department of Sociology
E-mail: halbanes@uccs.edu

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Arid Lands Studies & geography

Mark Melichar
E-mail: mmelichar@tntech.edu

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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.

Roli Varma
E-mail: varma@unm.edu

Linda H. Chiang, Ed. D.
Azusa Pacific University
E-mail lchiang@apu.edu

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Association of Borderland Studies (ABS)

This is a multidisciplinary and international network of scholars who are involved in various aspects of border region studies. Principal focal points of the ABSí work have been in the area of economics, political sciences, history, sociology and cultural studies. Although much of ABSís activities has centered on the US-Mexican Borderlands, members are increasingly involved in the study of European, Asian and other border regions.

View Association of Borderland Studies website.

Martin van der Velde
E-mail: m.vandervelde@fm.ru.nl

Victor Konrad
E-mail: vkonrad@hotmail.com


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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.

Rita Ross
E-mail: rjross@berkeley.edu

Ross Burkhart
E-mail: rburkha@boisestate.edu

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Chicano/latino/hispanic Studies

This section provides a multidisciplinary approach which examines the historical and contemporary experiences of the Chicana/o and other Latina/o populations in the U. S. by incorporating the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts. This section includes areas such as history, law and immigration, land grants, demographics, health, community, family, education, literature, and the arts.

Debra D. Andrist, Ph.D.
Sam Houston State University
E-mail: Andrist@shsu.edu

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Chronic Disease and Disability

James G. Linn, Ph.D.
Optimal Solutions in Healthcare and International Development
jlinn87844@aol.com

Steven E. Brown, Ph.D.
Center on Disability Studies
University of Hawaii at Manoa
E-mail: sebrown@hawaii.edu

Jennifer Frizell

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Communication studies

Kevin Mitchell
College of Southern Nevada
Kevin.Mitchell2@csn.edu

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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.

Kevin Thompson
North Dakota State University
E-mail: kevin.thompson@ndsu.edu

Melinda Schlager
College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts Texas A & M University-
Email: Melinda.Schlager@tamuc.edu

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Economics (Association for Institutional Thought)

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.

John Watkins                                                                                                       E-mail: jwatkins@westminstercollege.edu

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Economics (Business and Finance)

Kashi Nath Tiwari, Ph.D. 
KNT’s Academic Financial Research, California
E-mail: k1k2k3@hotmail.com

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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.

Scott Carson
University of Texas, Permian Basin
E-mail: carson_s@utpb.edu

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Environmental Policy & Natural Resources Management

Chelsea Schelly
E-mail: cschelly@mtu.edu

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Geography

See Arid Lands.

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Globalization and Development

Michèle Companion
Department of Sociology
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
mcompani@uccs.edu

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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 womenís history, and periodization remains important, any aspect of human action or thought is in the historianís purview.

Monica Gallamore
Oklahoma City University                                                                        
E-mail: msgallamore@okcu.edu

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Human ecology

Zach Smith                                                                      
E-mail: zachary.smith@nau.edu

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Latin American Studies

The section of Latin-American studies considers Latin America as a region of countries that have a common history since the colonial period under the domination of Spain and Portugal. The study of this region's history, politics and culture (at the global and national level in each country) is the object of this section. The coordinators of this section work on predominantly analyses on present problems and on their projects toward the future. These analyses pay special attention to contemporary issues addressing relevant debates about projects that outline and propose a better development of the region.

The organizing committee of the V National and II International Conference on Social Studies and Region (ENESOR), invites researchers, academics and people interested to present papers addressing the role of citizenship and civic participation onto the electoral stage, the violence, insecurity and uncertainty in the world and Mexico in particular.

Ignacio Medina
Universidad de Guadalajara
E-mail: medina48@yahoo.com

Jesus Ruiz
Departamento de Política y Sociedad
Universidad de Guadalajara
E-mail: mgems.ruiz@gmail.com

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Mass Communication

Mary Jackson-Pitts
Dept. Radio-Television
Arkansas State University
E-mail: mpitts@astate.edu

Lily Zeng
Arkansas State University
Dept. Radio-Television
E-mail: zengli@astate.edu

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New Zealand and Australia Studies

View New Zealand and Australia Studies website.

William C. Schaniel
International Services & Programs
University of West Georgia
E-mail: wschanie@westga.edu

Suzzanne Kelley
New Rivers Press
Minnesota State University Moorhead
kelleysu@mnstate.edu

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Philosophy

Stephanie Jenkins
E-mail:scjenkins@gmail.com


 

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Political Science

Ross Burkhart
Boise State University
E-mail: rburkha@boisestate.edu

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Poster Session - All Disciplines

Scholars of all disciplines with research in the formative stage, or limited in scope, suitable for poster presentation are encouraged to participate in the poster session of the WSSA. To propose a poster, send author, title, abstract, and full contact information to the poster session coordinator.

Theodore S. Ransaw
K-12 Outreach College of Education
Michigan State University
E-mail: ransawth@msu.edu
Web: http://www.wix.com/transaw/ransaws-blackboard

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Public Administration

Viola Fuentes
NAU-East Valley Extended
E-mail:Viola.Fuentes@nau.edu

Elizabeth Frederickson
E-mail: elizabethfredericksen@boisestate.edu

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Public Finance and Budgeting

Temirlan Moldogaziev
E-mail: tima.moldogaziev@gmail.com

Aimee Franklin
University of Oklahoma
Political Science Department
E-mail: alfranklin@ou.edu

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Rural & agricultiral 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, participantsí works have addressed small towns, extraction-based economies, population change, game management, food policy, rural womenís literature and social and environmental history.

Anthony Amato
Southwest State University
Center for Rural & Regional Studies
E-mail: tamato@smsu.edu

Jessica Clark
Assistant Professor of History and Political Science
Western Wyoming Community College
jclark@wwcc.wy.edu

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Slavic Studies

The Western Association for Slavic Studies (WASS) meets annually as the Slavic Studies Section of the Western Social Science Association. Those wishing to present papers in the Slavic Studies section need not be members of the WASS, but are welcome to join. The Slavic Studies section is interested in all aspects of East Central Europe and the lands of the former USSR, including, but not limited to: Anthropology, History, Literature, Music, and Sociology.

Melissa Bokovoy
E-mail:mbokovoy@unm.edu

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Social Psychology

Heather Albanesi
University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
Department of Sociology
E-mail: halbanes@uccs.edu

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Social work

Bill Pederson
Yuma Branch Campus of Northern Arizona University
E-mail: William.Pederson@nau.edu

Moises Diaz
Social Work Program
Utah State University
moises.diaz@usu.edu

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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.

Heather Albanesi
University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
Department of Sociology
E-mail: halbanes@uccs.edu

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Urban Studies

This section examines the human condition in relationship to the physical, cultural, social, and environmental aspects of community. The subfields include architecture, urbanism, landscape, housing, infrastructure, and regionalism.

Thomas Sammons
School of Architecture and Design
College of the Arts
E-mail: tcs3147@louisiana.edu

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Women's and gender Studies

Diane Calloway-Graham
Utah State University
Social Work Program
diane.calloway-graham@usu.edu

Barbara Bonnekessen
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
bonnekessen@nmt.edu

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