PSA 2017 Conference in Portland–Call for Papers and More

mounthood1 (2)The Pacific Sociological Association’s   88th Annual Meeting/Conference
Thursday, April 6 to Sunday, April 9 2017

Institutional Betrayal:  Inequity, Discrimination, Bullying, and Retaliation in Academia

President:  Karen Pyke, UC Riverside
Vice President:  Michelle Camacho, University of San Diego

At the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower,
Portland, Oregon

Call for Papers, PSA 2017

The 2016 Submissions portal is now closed, as the deadline for all submissions was October 15, 2016.

At the bottom of this page you can find links with instructions on how to use the online submission system; but you are likely to find it fairly intuitive if you simply click through the pages.

To organize its annual meeting, PSA primarily uses an online system of open submissions to topical areas.

You may submit a paper proposal only once, to only one topical area or open-call committee-sponsored session—that is, you may not submit the same paper to more than one place within the online submission system.  You may, however, submit several different papers to one or more topical areas or open-call committee-sponsored sessions.

Professional sociologists, faculty, graduate students, and other professionals hoping to participate in 2016 will access the online system, choose a topical area, and indicate their preferred type of participation (formal research presentation, research-in-progress, or some other type of session).  You can find the 45 topical areas below, as well as the program committee members who will organize submissions into sessions for each of these areas. However, PSA committees also sponsor some special sessions.  Most of these are organized completely by the committee, but some seek paper submissions from any interested scholars.  The current list of these sessions with an open call for papers is included below.  Faculty, graduate students, and other professional sociologists need to provide an abstract of their proposal, with a maximum 200 words, to include the objective, methods, results, and conclusions as appropriate.

Faculty and professional sociologists can also submit a proposal for a complete session.  This might be an author-meets-critics session, a film or other creative media session, or a panel of scholars who want to present together on a particular topic.

Undergraduate students wishing to participate in the PSA meeting first select the undergraduate poster or roundtable format, then choose the topical area that best fits their work.  Undergraduate students are asked to provide a longer proposal that includes two pages of information on their research question, intended contribution of their research, description of theory and methods, and a third page of source references.  Undergraduates also are required to give name and contact information for a faculty mentor who is familiar with their work. Undergraduate submissions are organized into sessions by Undergraduate Coordinator Robert Kettlitz (, who emails out to student presenters detailed information about how to prepare for their roundtable or poster session. This year the Committee on the Status of Women is sponsoring one special undergraduate roundtable session, “Feminisms: What is Feminism Today?”

  • Roundtable Sessions Roundtable sessions are organized thematically. These sessions provide undergraduate students an opportunity to present completed research in an semiformal setting. A faculty discussant will preside over each session. Once a student paper has been accepted for presentation, you will be instructed to send a completed copy of your research to the discussant for review. Discussants will provide constructive feedback to students regarding issues associated with but not limited to the quality of the writing, literature review, the research methodology, and conclusions. At the time that your session meets (at your assigned table) you and 4 or 5 other students in that session will have approximately 15 minutes to present your research. Once all presentations have been made you will have an opportunity to receive feedback and ask questions.
  • Poster Sessions Poster presentations are very informal. There are no required guidelines or formats to follow. There is no discussant assigned to your poster session, you will not get faculty feedback regarding your research. Several formatting examples will be provided once your proposal has been officially accepted. You will have approximately 4 X 8 feet of space to present information about your research. Unfortunately, the PSA cannot guarantee that there will be panels for students to post their materials. Students presenting during one of the poster sessions are responsible for the materials needed to secure their presentation to a designated space (i.e. wall).

President and Program Chair:  Karen Pyke
Undergraduate Coordinator:  Robert Kettlitz               

Note: Although topical area organizers names and emails are provided, questions about the conference, submission system, or other general information should be directed to the PSA Executive Office at

Topical Area Member E-Mail
Applied Clinical and Public Sociology Sophia Lyn Nathenson
Art, Culture, and Popular Culture William Hayes
Asian/Asian American Sociology Shweta Adur
Body Georgiann Davis
Bullying Todd Migliaccio
Childhood and Youth Marisol Clark-Ibanez
Crime, Law, and Deviance Tanya Nieri
Demography, Population, and Methods Augustine Kposowa
Economic Sociology Rebecca Emigh
Education—Primary and Secondary Karen Pyke
Environmental Sociology James Rice
Ethnography Black Hawk Hancock
Food and Society Black Hawk Hancock
Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis Emily Asencio
Gender Kristy Shih
Globalization Anthony J. Roberts
Higher Education Megan Thiele
Inequality, Poverty, Stratification Ranita Ray
Inequity, Discrimination, and Retaliation in Academia Karen Pyke
Intimate Relationships, Families, and Reproductive Politics Constance L. Shehan
Labor and Labor Movements Molly Talcott
Latina/o Sociology Manuel Barajas
Life Course and Aging Jacob Huang
Marxist Sociology/Critical Sociology Jason Struna
Media and Communication Jeffrey Montez de Oca
Medical Sociology and Health Benjamin Lewin
Migration/Immigration Edwin Lopez
Politics and the State (Political Sociology) Christopher Chase-Dunn
Race/Ethnicity Jody Agius Vallejo
Race, Class & Gender Leisy J. Abrego
Regional Studies, Transnationalism, Globalization, and Development Oluwakemi M. Balogun
Religion Isabella Kasselstrand
Science and Technology Daniel Morrison
Sexualities CJ Pascoe
Sexual Assault José G. Soto-Márquez & Jessie Ford
Social Movements and Social Change Nella Van Dyke
Social Psychology Jill Harrison
Sociology of Islam, the Middle East, and the War on Terror Sabrina Alimahomed-Wilson
Sport & Leisure Michelle Robertson
Teaching Sociology  April  Cubbage
Theory Jason M Wollschleger
Urban and Community Studies Luis Sanchez
Violence, Peace, Military Michael Dreiling
Work and Organizations Christy Glass


Committee-Sponsored Sessions with an Open Call for Submissions

Committee Session Title/Topic Committee Member/Organizer
Committee on Community Colleges Service Learning in Community College Classrooms Liz Bennett
Committee on Community Colleges The Politics of Community Colleges and Academia April Cubbage and Harry Mersmann
Committee on Community Colleges Veteran Issues and Support in Community Colleges Ami Mezahav and Daniel Poole
Committee on Community Colleges Civic Engagement in Community Colleges Daniel Poole
Committee on Community Colleges Fostering Community College Student Involvement and Activism Jackie Logg
Committee on the Status of Women Work/Life Balance: From Minimum Wage to the Glass Ceiling
Committee on the Status of Women Gender and Occupational Paths
Committee on the Status of Women Gender and Violence/Sex on Campus
Committee on the Status of Women Gender and Politics
Committee on the Status of Women Feminisms: What is Feminism Today? **undergraduate roundtable**
Committee on Teaching Institutional Betrayal and the Adjunct Experience Rosemary Powers


Program Advisors: Will organize invited sessions related to conference theme
Name Email Topic/title
Dana M. Britton On NSF Advance
Angela Harris On Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia
Andi Stepnick & Kris De Welde Plenary on Disrupting the Culture of Silence
Kris De Welde & Andi Stepnick Workshop
Sharon Elise and Kristy Shih Organize Grad Fair
Jodi O’Brien  
Sharon Bird  
Sharon Elise  
Elvia Ramirez  
Mary Romero  
Joseph Childers  
Laura Hirshfield  

Local Area Arrangements:

Dwaine Plaza, Gentrification Tour
Ron Mize, Pub Crawl; Coffee Crawl
Anthony Silvaggio, Weed Walk

Instructions for how to use the online submission system: 

For faculty/etc.:
To submit a complete session
To submit a presentation (paper)

For undergraduates:
To submit a poster or roundtable presentation

Follow this link to get more information about the conference hotel and to book your room at the special PSA rate.





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