The 2020 Mid-South Sociological Association Inc. Conference will be held in Nashville, TN at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel
October 14-17 2020

Conference theme: Post Fact Society: Sociological Solutions for the War on Truth.

2020 Important Due Dates & Call for Participants


Hotel reservations are now open

Millennium Maxwell House
2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN, 37228

Direct Link to MSSA Group Reservations

Millennium Maxwell House website

Group Code: 2010MIDSSA


2020 Call for Session Organizers

PDF 2020 Call for Session Organizers

Due Date: February 22, 2020.


Contact us

Dr. Tina Deshotels, MSSA President-Elect and Program Chair
Dr. Jessica Abbott, MSSA President
Dr. Jessica Pardee, MSSA Secretary-Treasurer


The 2020 Awards, Scholarship, and Paper Competition have been released. Please review the announcements below for requirements and submission information.

2020 Lyman Memorial Scholarship

2020 Lyman Book Award

2020 Undergraduate Paper Competition

Graduate Student Session and Paper of Distinction Award Information


MSSA is proud to announce Dr. James Loewen as our 2020 annual conference keynote speaker.

Keynote Address: October 16, 2020 4:00-5:15

Read Dr. Loewen’s full bio here!



Sociological Spectrum Special Issue: Intersectional Experiences and Marginalized Voices Call for Papers

Submission Deadline: May 30, 2020

More information


Past President Jason Ulsperger
Current President Jessica Abbott
President-Elect Tina Deshotels
Vice President Patricia Gleich
Vice President-Elect Lauren Norman
Secretary-Treasurer Jessica Pardee
Committee on Membership Cassidy Cooper
Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities Melencia Johnson

Committee on Nominations Boniface Noyongoyo
Committee on the Profession John Boulahanis
Committee on Small & Community Colleges Nicola Bivens
Committee on Women, Gender & Sexualities Sarah Donely
Spectrum Editor Kevin Breault
Forum Editor Andrew Tatch

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.