Mission of the Pacific Sociological Association

The mission of the Pacific Sociological Association is to advance scholarly research on all social processes and areas of social life, to promote high quality teaching of sociological knowledge, and to mentor the next generation of sociologists.  Consistent with principles of scientific investigation, the PSA endorses engagement of sociologists in areas of social justice and social responsibility.  The Association accomplishes its mission by convening an annual meeting and publishing its journal, Sociological Perspectives.

Members of the Pacific Sociological Association subscribe to and are bound by the Code of Ethics of the American Sociological Association. The PSA and its members also subscribe to the PSA Manifesto on Academic Freedom and the AAUP Statement on Principles of Academic Freedom and Tenure

Current Membership, Geographical Reach and Office

Today the PSA is the professional association of sociologists in the Pacific Region of North America. It is divided into three regions:

  • Northern Region—Alaska,  Montana, Oregon, Wyoming,  Idaho, Washington, British Columbia and Alberta in Canada;
  • Central Region—Hawaii, California (Fresno and north), Nevada (except Las Vegas), Utah, and Colorado
  • Southern Region—Arizona, New Mexico, California (south of Fresno), Nevada (Las Vegas), and Baja California, Sonora and Chihuahua in Mexico.

Our membership includes professors and students working at colleges and universities located throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada, but especially those who live in the western region of those countries. Many Association members work as consultants, researchers, and administrators. Some members have government jobs and others own businesses. A significant number are graduate students. The Association holds an annual meeting in late March or early April and publishes a newsletter, The Pacific Sociologist, and a journal, Sociological Perspectives

The archives of the PSA are located at the library of California State University, Sacramento.