MSSA, Inc. is an organization dedicated to enabling growth opportunities for all sociologists. Therefore, in light of ongoing COVID spread, shrinking department travel budgets, and other accessibility needs, our board is proud to share that we will be hosting a virtual post conference on October 14. If you want to present at the virtual post conference you can indicate your preference in the paper submission portal.

Submit Papers/Sessions and Register Using the:
EXTENDED Paper Submission Deadline: September 15, 2023
Submission instructions available: HERE.

Block Rate Booking is Now Available
New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

Sheraton New Orleans
500 Canal Street New Orleans, LA 70130, US

Last Day to Book: Thursday, September 14, 2023

Please be advised that while New Orleans Marriott and Sheraton are offering block rate booking, all conference related activity will take place on the campus of Dillard University. Shuttle services will be available.

The Mid-South Sociological Association is excited to announce that the submission portal for the annual meeting is NOW OPEN! The MSSA Annual Meeting will be in New Orleans, LA, October 11-14, 2023, at the historic Dillard University. We are accepting in-person and virtual presentations. We invite research papers from any and all disciplines, including those with an interdisciplinary focus. Please consider submitting your papers/abstracts early, to help ensure a spot in the session of your choice.

We have some very exciting paper session topics! If you are unsure of where your paper might best fit or if it does not fit in any of the listed sessions, please select two – four keywords that fit your topic. Also, consider participation in one of our panels, roundtables, poster sessions, or workshops that will be included in the program this fall.

Submit your paper title and abstract through our online submission marketplace. Indicate whether you will present in-person or virtually. Instructions for navigating the marketplace and submitting your proposal is available, HERE.

If you have any questions/concerns and/or suggestions please contact me, MSSA President-Elect and Program Chair,


The Spring 2023 edition of the Forum newsletter is now available! 


MSSA, Inc. Statement of and Commitment to Solidarity

The Mid-South Sociological Association stands firmly in solidarity with family and supporters of Tyre Nichols and all who have been and will be harmed by state violence. The continued brutality reinforces that our work and activism should strike at the heart of systems and structures that facilitate brutalization of people by the state. We recognize that the work of resisting and dismantling these systems is ongoing and not without risk. In the spirit of symbolic and material solidarity with those fighting for racial and social justice in the city of Memphis, now and in the future, members of the MSSA, Inc. board have pledged to make a monetary contribution to Just City, a Memphis based community bail fund. We encourage our members and partner organizations, when possible, to materially support resistance efforts in Memphis and across the U.S.


Contact us

Meredith Dye, MSSA President
Theresa Davidson, 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:
Meredith Dye, President