October 13-15. Nashville, TN.
Millennium Maxwell House Hotel.

The 2022 Annual Conference Final Program is Now Available!

Downloadable PDF Program

Online Program


We are still fundraising for our local partner, The Black Nashville Assembly.
If you are able, please make a donation today.


Don’t forget to can register, book your room, and make donations to our local partner, The Black Nashville Assembly, at our MSSA Online Marketplace.

Beyond Sundown: Sociologists Seeking Past Truths, Present Justice, And Possible Futures

Dr. Earl Wright II (Rhodes College): “Looking Back. Leading Forward!: MSSA in the 21st Century.”

Millennium Maxwell House Hotel
2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228
Link for MSSA block rate booking.
Book by phone: 866-866-8086


The latest edition of our forum newsletter is now available, here!



Past President Tina Deshotels Committee on Nominations Lauren Norman
Current President Shelly McGrath Committee on the Profession Andrea Hunt
President-Elect Meredith Dye Committee on Small & Community Colleges Ashraf Esmail
Vice President Nicola Davis Bivens Women, Gender & Sexualities Committee Sarah Donley
Vice President-Elect Melencia Johnson Spectrum Editor Kevin Breault
Secretary-Treasurer Erin Rider Forum Editor Andrew Tatch
Committee on Membership Justin Martin Technology Committee Ruth Chananie
Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities Kristie Perry


Contact us

Shelly McGrath, MSSA President
Meredith Dye, MSSA President-Elect
Erin Rider, MSSA Secretary-Treasurer

Organizational Identity Statement

The Mid-South Sociological Association, Inc. (MSSA, Inc.), founded in 1975, is a 501-C-(3) non-profit organization providing both professional support to, and a forum for sociologists who teach, conduct research and reside in the Mid-South region of the US. Through its publications, annual conference, academic support and collegial networks, MSSA, Inc. promotes the advancement of sociological research, the diffusion of knowledge, innovative service and teaching.  From its inception, MSSA, Inc has been and continues to be committed to mentoring and enabling the growth of the next generation of sociologists in the value of high-quality research and engagement, and ethical, professional service.

Organization Inclusion Statement

The Mid-South Sociological Association Inc. embraces diversity and promotes inclusion by recruiting, including, and valuing people of all races, genders and gender identities, sexualities, ethnicities, religions, economic and employment statuses, abilities, and other dimensions. The MSSA celebrates all expressions of diversity and identity and strives to provide an environment conducive to free expression of ideas without fear of judgment in any way. Moreover, the MSSA does not tolerate any action from any member or conference participant that encourages or promotes hatred and/or intolerance in any form. Further, to the extent that the Board determines that it is not detrimental to the best interests (financial and otherwise) of the association, the MSSA will use the economic power of the annual conferences and other activities to select locations and enter into agreements with businesses that have policies and practices that reflect the values of the MSSA.

Contact MSSA:
Shelly McGrath, President