The deadline for submissions has been extended. Grad students, faculty, applied sociologists, etc. need to submit by October 25th; undergraduate students need to submit by November 1.
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To organize its annual meeting, PSA primarily uses an online system of open submissions to topical areas.
Faculty and other professional sociologists as well as graduate students will access the online system, choose a topical area, and indicate their preferred type of participation (formal research presentation, research-in-progress, or some other type of session). You can find the list of topical areas on the next page, as well as the program committee members who will organize submissions into sessions for each of these areas. However, PSA committees also sponsor some special sessions and seek paper submissions; the list of these sessions is also included below. Faculty, graduate students, and other professional sociologists need to provide an abstract of their proposal, with a maximum 200 words, to include the objective, methods, results, and findings as appropriate.
Faculty and professional sociologists can also submit a proposal for a complete session. This might be a book salon (formerly called author-meets-critics session), a film or other creative media session, or a panel of scholars who want to present together on a particular topic. However, submissions of sessions completely composed of presenters from one school are discouraged; these sessions are often not well attended, and space in the program is limited. Presenters instead should submit their individual papers, where they will be placed appropriately in sessions with other presenters—and thus also have the opportunity to learn from these other presenters.
Instructions for 2020 submission system FACULTY GRAD STUDENTS ETC
Undergraduate students first select either the undergraduate poster or roundtable format, then choose the topical area that best fits their work. For a poster, students will prepare a large poster about their research, then stand next to it and explain to any interested viewers. For a roundtable, students will send their completed paper to the faculty assigned as Discussant for their table prior to the conference. Then, at the conference, they will be seated at a large table with several other students whose research is on related topics; each student will orally present a summary of their work, and then the faculty Discussant will guide discussion. At the time of submission, undergraduate students are asked to provide a longer proposal that includes two pages of information on their research question, intended contribution of their research, description of theory and methods, and a third page of source references. Undergraduates also are required to give name and contact information for a faculty mentor who is familiar with their work. Undergraduate submissions are organized into sessions by Undergraduate Coordinator Robert Kettlitz. Instructions for 2020 submission system UNDERGRADUATES
You may not submit the same paper to more than one place within the online submission system. You may, however, submit different papers to one or more topical areas or open-call committee-sponsored sessions.
Please submit only papers you really intend to present. At PSA, papers are generally accepted. Do not submit a lot of papers in hopes that a few will be accepted. Submit only papers you firmly expect to be ready to present.
There are several new topical areas this year: Black Sociology, Indigenous Sociology, and Rural Sociology. Another change is that a few topical areas have been joined: Education is now for all levels of education, and Economic Sociology has been joined to Work and Organizations.
Note: General questions about the conference, submission system, or other general information should be directed to the PSA Executive Office, firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 Program Committee
Program Chair: Elizabeth Sowers, California State University, Channel Islands email@example.com
You will choose from these Topical Areas (and the Committee-sponsored sessions accepting papers) when you submit your paper. The Organizers listed will review submissions and organize them into sessions. Please do not send your paper to an Organizer unless you are asked to do so. You must submit your paper in the online submission system.
|Topical Area||Organizer Name and Affiliation|
|Applied, Clinical, and Public Sociology||José Muñoz, CSU San Bernardinofirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Art, Culture, and Popular Culture||Linda Rillorta, Mt. San Antonio Collegeemail@example.com|
|Asian/Asian American Sociology||Dana Nakano, CSU Stanislausfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Black Sociology||Lori Walkington, CSU San Marcosemail@example.com|
|Childhood and Youth||Gabrielle Plickert, Cal Poly Pomonafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Crime, Law, and Deviance||Josh Meisel, Humboldt State Universityemail@example.com|
|Education (Higher Education & other)||Brianne Davila, Cal Poly Pomonafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Environmental Sociology||Laura Earles, Lewis-Clark State Collegeemail@example.com|
|Ethnography||Jennifer Reich, Univ. of Colorado, Denverfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Food and Society||Rachel Soper, CSU Channel Islandsemail@example.com|
|Gender||Georgiann Davis, U. of Nevada Las Vegasfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Indigenous Sociology||James Courage Singer, Salt Lake CCemail@example.com|
|Intimate Relationships, Families, & Reproductive Politics||Laury Oaks, UC Santa Barbarafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Labor and Labor Movements||Jason Struna, University of Puget Soundemail@example.com|
|Latinx Sociology||Celia Lacayo, UCLAfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Life Course and Aging||Anna Muraco, Loyola Marymount U.||email@example.com|
|Marxist Sociology/Critical Sociology||Jey Strangfeld, CSU Stanislausfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Media and Communication||Susan Rahman, College of Marinemail@example.com|
|Medical Sociology and Health||Alicia Bonaparte, Pitzer Collegefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Methods||Pete Simi, Chapman Universityemail@example.com|
|Migration/Immigration||Katie Dingeman, CSU Los Angelesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Peace, War, and the Military||Augustine Kposowa, UC Riversideemail@example.com|
|Politics & the State (Political Sociology)||Raphi Rechitsky, National Universityfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Population and Demography||Georgiana Bostean, Chapman Universityemail@example.com|
|Race, Class and Gender||Kristy Shih, CSU Long Beachfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Race/Ethnicity||Daniel Olmos, CSU Northridgeemail@example.com|
|Regional Studies, Transnationalism, Globalization, & Development||Kemi Balogun, University of Oregonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Religion (including Sociology of Islam)||Reid Leamaster, Glendale Comm. Coll.||email@example.com|
|Rural Sociology||Jennifer Sherman, Washington State U.||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Science and Technology||Dilshani Sarathchandra, U. of Idahoemail@example.com|
|Sexualities||Jodi O’Brien, Seattle Universityfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Social Movements and Social Change||Nella Van Dyke, UC Mercedemail@example.com|
|Social Psychology, Identity, Emotions||Amanda Shigahara, Sacramento State U.||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Social Stratification, Inequality, & Poverty||Alexis McCurn, CSU Dominguez Hillsemail@example.com|
|Sport and Leisure||Ann Travers, Simon Fraser Universityfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Urban and Community Studies||Pepper Glass, Weber State Universityemail@example.com|
|Theory||Reha Kadakal, CSU Channel Islandsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Teaching Sociology: Community Colleges||Dolores Ortiz, Oxnard Collegeemail@example.com|
|Teaching Sociology: Four Year Colleges||Michael Chavez, CSU Long Beachfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Work, Organizations, & Economic Sociology||Christy Glass, Utah State Universityemail@example.com|
|Undergraduate Roundtables & Posters||Robert Kettlitz, Hastings Collegefirstname.lastname@example.org|
2020 Committee Sponsored Sessions for Open Call Submissions
Most of the following special sessions being organized by PSA committees are open for paper submissions by faculty, applied sociologists, and graduate students; however, one session–“Undergraduates Researching Race Roundtable” is open only for undergraduate participation.
|Session Title||Sponsoring Committee||Organizer|
|Teaching and Research in Politically Sensitive Times||Freedom in Research and Teaching||Dan Morrison, Abilene Christian University email@example.com|
|Socio-Poetics and Storytelling||Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities||Lori Walkington, CSU San Marcos firstname.lastname@example.org|
|“Safety” in the Era of Trump||Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities||Lori Walkington, CSU San Marcos email@example.com|
|Surviving the Trump Era||Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities||Damon Stevens, CSU San Marcos firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Border Politics||Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities||Lori Walkington, CSU San Marcos email@example.com|
|Academic Entrepreneurship & Alternatives to Academic Careers||Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities||Marcia Hernandez, University of the Pacific firstname.lastname@example.org|
|People of Color over the Life Course||Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities||Alicia Gonzales, CSU San Marcos email@example.com|
|Gendered Resistance in the Sociopolitical Landscape||Status of Women||Michelle Robertson, St. Edward’s University firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Millennial Women: Challenges and Resources||Status of Women||Sojung Lim, Utah State University email@example.com|
|Intersections of Work, Gender, Family||Status of Women||Sojung Lim, Utah State University firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mothering in Academia across the Career Span||Status of Women||Ryanne Pilgeram, University of Idaho email@example.com|
|Women’s Leadership in Social Justice Movements||Status of Women||Emily Drew, Willamette University firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Research on Women of Color||Status of Women||Alicia Gonzales, CSU San Marcos email@example.com|
|Teaching about Climate Change: Engaging Students, Inspiring Change||Teaching||Laura Earles, Lewis-Clark State College firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Strategies for Teaching Gender||Teaching & Status of Women||Jason Leiker, Utah State University email@example.com|
|Doing Emotional Labor in the Classroom||Teaching||Michelle Robertson, St. Edward’s University firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Creating a Culture of Assessment in Departments and Universities||Teaching||Laura Fitzwater Gonzales, Pacific Lutheran University email@example.com|
|Innovative Ways to Document Student Learning||Teaching||Jennifer Puentes, Eastern Oregon University firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Teaching Social Problems||Teaching||Jennifer Puentes, Eastern Oregon University email@example.com|
|Teaching Strategies: Resistance in the Sociopolitical Landscape,||Teaching||Michelle Robertson, St. Edward’s University firstname.lastname@example.org|