We are looking forward to all the great sessions for this year’s conference. And keeping in line with our commitment to accessibility, we are proud to continue offering an option for online attendance.

If you haven’t done so yet, please do not forget to register (whether attending virtually or in person) through our new online marketplace, here.


Hotel Reservation Booking (if attending in person).
Hilton: Charlotte University Place, Charlotte North Carolina
8629 JM Keynes Dr | Charlotte NC | 28262
Click here to reserve with MSSA block room rate


A Special Offer for New Members

Greetings from Mid-South Sociological Association, Inc.

As president I am excited to let you know, that thanks to a generous donor, we are offering a new member discount of $50.00 off our already low prices!!!!*

In addition to the variety of cutting-edge topics (as evidenced by the below call for participation), quality of networking and mentorship, and innovative meeting venues MSSA rewards excellence of our members through numerous monetary awards, including:

  • Graduate Student Paper of Distinction Award
  • Undergraduate Paper Award
  • Stanford Lyman Memorial scholarship
  • Stanford Lyman Book Award
  • Committee for Racial and Ethnic Minorities Travel/Registration Scholarship
  • Women, Gender, and Sexualities Committee Travel/Registration Scholarship

To redeem your new member discount, enter the code NEWMEMBERMSSA50 in promo code in the screen before you are prompted for payment information.

Sign up for membership and register for our upcoming conference using our new member portal: MSSA Online Marketplace

For any questions about new member discount please contact Tina Deshotels at


*This offer is on a first come first-serve basis and requires a minimum purchase of $51.00 and you must register for the conference at the time you join in order to receive the discount. The discount is not open to sponsored undergraduates or bulk purchases.


The Fall/Winter 2020 of Forum, our official newsletter is now available, HERE.



Past President Jessica Abbott Committee on Nominations Kirsten Ostergren Clark
Current President Tina Deshotels Committee on the Profession Andrea Hunt
President-Elect Shelly McGrath Committee on Small & Community Colleges Ashraf Esmail
Vice President Lauren Norman Women, Gender & Sexualities Committee Sarah Donley
Vice President-Elect Nicola Davis Bivens Spectrum Editor Kevin Breault
Secretary-Treasurer Jessica Pardee Forum Editor Andrew Tatch
Committee on Membership Cassidy Cooper Technology Committee Ruth Chananie
Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities Melencia Johnson


Contact us

Dr. Tina Deshotels, MSSA President
Dr. Shelly McGrath, MSSA President-Elect
Dr. Jessica Pardee, 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:
Tina Hebert Deshotels, President