Society for the Study of Social Problems

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Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP)
FounderElizabeth Briant Lee and Alfred McClung Lee
TypeProfessional organization
FocusPursuit of Social Justice through Social Research[1]
Area served
Key people
Dr. Héctor L. Delgado, Executive Officer

Michele Smith Koontz, Administrative Officer & Meeting Manager
PublicationSocial Problems

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), founded in 1951 by Elizabeth Briant Lee and Alfred McClung Lee, is an interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students interested in the application of critical, scientific, and humanistic perspectives to the study of vital social problems.


The purpose of SSSP is to promote and protect sociological research and teaching on significant problems of social life. This includes:

  • encouraging the work of young sociologists;
  • stimulating the application of scientific method and theory to the study of vital social problems;
  • encouraging problem-centered social research;
  • fostering cooperative relations among persons and organizations engaged in the application of scientific sociological findings to the formulation of social policies;
  • fostering higher quality of life, social welfare, and positive social relations in society and the global community;
  • undertaking any activity related thereto or necessary or desirable for the accomplishment of the foregoing purposes


The SSSP promotes dialogue through presentations at the annual meeting, and through listservs and newsletters throughout the year; publishes research in the journal Social Problems; presents awards to community groups; supports graduate students, young scholars and activists with professional support, leadership opportunities, and scholarships; passes and acts upon public resolutions; and fosters the generation of new ideas.


Although most of the Society’s members are sociologists and from the United States, the Society also enjoys the significant participation of multidisciplinary and international scholars, practitioners, students, and advocates as well. Membership is open to individuals and university and college departments who support the SSSP’s mission and goals. The SSSP holds annual meetings in the same location and time as the American Sociological Association.


The SSSP has twenty-three divisions, each with its own newsletter, that provide members with common interests the opportunity to interact more intimately with one another. Division activity shapes the annual meeting of the Society by organizing paper sessions and panels. Divisions provide an opportunity for young scholars to present their work to a critical audience of scholar advocates interested in good research and social action to move toward solutions for social problems. Division chairs form the nominating committee for the major officers of the Society and for the Board of Directors. Members interested in emerging areas of social problems can form new divisions. For a list of and information on divisions, visit

Awards, Fellowships, and Scholarships[edit]

The SSSP grants awards, fellowships, and scholarships in recognition of meritorious work by outstanding scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students who demonstrate active pursuit in the application of critical, scientific, and humanistic perspectives to the study of vital social problems. One of these awards is the prestigious C. Wright Mills Award, awarded to the previous year’s most outstanding book in the tradition of the individual for whom the award is named.[2]

Social Problems and other publications[edit]

The Society publishes Social Problems, one of the leading refereed and most widely read social science journals in the United States, and several other miscellaneous publications. For more information on the Society’s publications, visit

SSSP presidents[edit]

The following is a list of presidents of the Society from 1952 to 2020.[3]

# Name Term
1 Ernest W. Burgess, University of Chicago 1952–53
2 Alfred McClung Lee, Brooklyn College 1953–54
3 Herbert Blumer, University of California, Berkeley 1954–55
4 Arnold M. Rose, University of Minnesota 1955–56
5 Mabel Elliott, Chatham College 1956–57
6 Byron Fox, Syracuse University 1957–58
7 Richard Schermerhorn, Western Reserve University 1958–59
8 Alfred R. Lindesmith, Indiana University 1959–60
9 Alvin W. Gouldner, Washington University 1960–61
10 Marshall B. Clinard, University of Wisconsin 1961–62
11 Marvin B. Sussman, Western Reserve University 1962–63
12 Jessie Bernard, Pennsylvania State University 1963–64
13 Irwin Deutscher, Syracuse University 1964–65
14 Howard S. Becker, Northwestern University 1965–66
15 Melvin Tumin, Princeton University 1966–67
16 Lewis Coser, Brandeis University 1967–68
17 Albert J. Reiss, Jr., University of Michigan 1968–69
18 Raymond W. Mack, Northwestern University 1969–70
19 Kai Erikson, Yale University 1970–71
20 Albert K. Cohen, University of Connecticut 1971–72
21 Edwin M. Lemert, University of California-Davis 1972–73
22 Rose Laub Coser, SUNY-Stony Brook 1973–74
23 Stanton Wheeler, Yale Law School 1974–75
24 S.M. Miller, Boston University 1975–76
25 Bernard Beck, Northwestern University 1976–77
26 Jacqueline Wiseman, University of California-San Diego 1977–78
27 John I. Kitsuse, University of California-Santa Cruz 1978–79
28 Frances Fox Piven, Boston University 1979–80
29 James E. Blackwell, University of Massachusetts-Boston 1980–81
30 Egon Bittner, Brandeis University 1981–82
31 Helena Z. Lopata, Loyola University-Chicago 1982–83
32 Louis Kriesberg, Syracuse University 1983–84
33 Joan W. Moore, University of Wisconsin 1984–85
34 Rodolfo Alvarez, University of California-Los Angeles 1985–86
35 Arlene Kaplan Daniels, Northwestern University 1986–87
36 Doris Y. Wilkinson, University of Kentucky 1987–88
37 Joseph R. Gusfield, University of California-San Diego 1988–89
38 Murray Straus, University of New Hampshire 1989–90
39 James A. Geschwender, Binghamton University 1990–91
40 Stephen J. Pfohl, Boston College 1991–92
41 William Chambliss, George Washington University 1992–93
42 Barbara Katz Rothman, City University of New York 1993–94
43 James D. Orcutt, Florida State University 1994–95
44 Peter Conrad, Brandeis University 1995–96
45 Pamela A. Roby, University of California-Santa Cruz 1996–97
46 Beth B. Hess, County College of Morris 1997–98
47 Evelyn Nakano Glenn, University of California-Berkeley 1998–99
48 Robert Perrucci, Purdue University 1999-00
49 John F. Galliher, University of Missouri 2000–01
50 Joel Best, University of Delaware 2001–02
51 Nancy C. Jurik, Arizona State University 2002–03
52 Kathleen J. Ferraro, Northern Arizona University 2003–04
53 Gary Alan Fine, Northwestern University 2004–05
54 Claire M. Renzetti, University of Dayton 2005–06
55 Valerie Jenness, University of California - Irvine 2006–07
56 Nancy A. Naples, University of Connecticut 2007–08
57 Steven E. Barkan, University of Maine 2008–09
58 JoAnn L. Miller, Purdue University 2009–10
59 A. Javier Treviño, Wheaton College 2010–11
60 Wendy Simonds, Georgia State University 2011–12
61 R.A. Dello Buono, Manhattan College 2012–13
62 Anna Maria Santiago, Case Western Reserve University 2013–14
63 Marlese Durr, Wright State University 2014–15
64 David A. Smith, University of California, Irvine 2015–16
65 Donileen R. Loseke, University of South Florida 2016–17
66 Luis A. Fernandez, Northern Arizona University 2017–18
67 Nancy J. Mezey, Monmouth University 2018-19
68 Heather Dalmage, Roosevelt University 2019–20

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