2022 Conference: Call for Papers, Online Submission System Information


Submissions for the 2022 conference are now closed.

Please read this page before entering the submission system through this link. 

You will need to create an account within the submission system the first time you access it.

IMPORTANT: If someone has already put your name and email address in the system–like if they added you as an author for a paper–then you will still need to set up your submission system account, BUT you will need to start by clicking the Forgot Your Password link (see image below). You will tell the system to send a password reset link to your email address. Once you receive that (check your junk mail!), just click and follow the screens to provide a password. Once you get into the system, update any other profile information once you get into the system.

This is a picture of the submission system login page:

Submission deadline for graduate students/faculty/applied sociologists/etc has been extended to November 30, 2021. Submission deadline for undergraduate students has been extended to December 20, 2021.

Currently, all signs indicate that we can hold the 2022 PSA Conference in-person, on-site in Sacramento, following appropriate COVID safety measures. The state of California and the area of Sacramento allow for in-person events. The Sheraton hotel, our conference site, has upgraded its inside air systems, set up hand sanitizer stations, and follows local state and county health protocols. We will likely need to collect information from participants on their COVID vaccination status and/or receive the results of a recent negative test; details on these health attestations are forthcoming. The PSA will ensure that all persons’ medical privacy is respected.

We have decided to focus PSA resources and programming on this in-person conference, and to hold a small virtual component for those who really cannot attend and present in-person. There are so many ways that attending in-person offers benefits that presenting/watching online cannot replicate. After two years of not being able to meet in-person, we are thrilled to be able to do so. We will, of course, continue to monitor COVID conditions and planning as necessary in line with the CDC and State of California public health guidance.

At an in-person PSA conference, community building and networking occur throughout the program and event. We will maximize attendees’ opportunities to enjoy complimentary on-site food and beverages at both large receptions and small gatherings for affinity groups. We plan to offer free coffee and tea, and are working on ideas for grab and go breakfast items.

For participants who are parents, we are working on childcare supports in or very near the conference hotel, with a dedicated budget of PSA funds. We also have funds allocated to provide accommodations that participants may need to access program content—like for vision or hearing related needs. If you are in need of either of these supports, please email executivedirector@pacificsoc.org as soon as possible with your information.

Students who are presenting will once again have the opportunity to apply for a $200 Student Travel Grant in January. A total of 50 students will be randomly selected from all eligible applicants.

Sessions at the in-person conference will not be recorded or livestreamed for virtual viewing. Any virtual sessions will be scheduled just after the in person conference, and will be viewable by all people who have paid conference registration fees, via the PSA program app/online. This provides an option to present for people who truly cannot attend in person, while also allowing the PSA to focus resources and planning on the in-person conference. When you submit your proposal to present, you will indicate whether you must present virtually.

So—we look forward to seeing you in Sacramento! You can find information about the conference hotel and a link to book a room, transportation to/from Sacramento, and more on the PSA website.

—President Wendy Ng and Program Chair Patricia Drew

To organize its annual meeting, PSA primarily uses an online system of open submissions to topical areas. For 2022, you will also need to indicate your preferred mode of presentation–virtual or in person. Virtual presentations will generally be livestreamed, via zoom, accessible within the PSA program app.

You may not submit the same paper to more than one place within the online submission system.  You may, however, submit  different papers to one or more topical areas or open-call committee-sponsored sessions.

Please submit only papers you really intend to present.  At PSA, papers are generally accepted.  Do not submit a lot of papers in hopes that a few will be accepted.   Submit only papers you firmly expect to be ready to present.

New(ish) topical areas include Black Sociology, Indigenous Sociology, and Rural Sociology. A few topical areas have been joined: Education is now for all levels of education; Economic Sociology has been joined to Work and Organizations; Applied Sociology explicitly includes Public Sociology and Community Research; Youth, Aging, and Lifecourse have been joined as Life Course Topics; Population and Demography is included with Migration/Immigration; the Military is included with Politics and the State; and Theory covers Classical, Marxist, and Critical strands.

Note: General questions about the conference, submission system, or other general information should be directed to the PSA Executive Office, executivedirector@pacificsoc.org. 

2022 Conference: FAQs about Submitting and Presenting

Faculty, applied sociologists, graduate students, other professionals

Submission deadline for graduate students/faculty/applied sociologists/etc is November 30, 2021.

Downloadable instructions on how to use the submission system for faculty, applied sociologists, graduate students

Faculty and other professional sociologists as well as graduate students will access the online system, and select to either submit a paper or a complete session.

For a paper submission, choose a topical area, and indicate if your paper is (or will be at the time of presentation) research in progress or a formal (finished) paper.  Then select the best topical area; you can find the list of topical areas below, as well as the program committee members who will organize submissions into sessions for each of these areas. PSA committees also sponsor some special sessions and seek paper submissions; the list of these sessions is also included below. DO NOT submit the same paper more than once! 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 findings as appropriate.

Faculty, graduate students, and applied sociologists can also submit a proposal for a complete session.  This might be a film or other creative media session, or a panel of scholars who want to present together on a particular topic.  However, submissions of sessions completely composed of presenters from one school are discouraged; these sessions are often not well attended, and space in the program is limited.  Presenters instead should submit their individual papers, where they will be placed appropriately in sessions with other presenters—and thus also have the opportunity to learn from these other presenters.  NOTE: For 2022, the process for Book Salon (formerly known as author-meets-critics) sessions is different. Proposals for books to be featured should be emailed to Book Salon Coordinator Pat Jennings, pat.jennings@csueastbay.edu. Pat will find Discussants for books that are selected.

Undergraduate students

Submission deadline for undergraduate students is December 20, 2021.

Downloadable instructions for the submission system for undergraduate students

Undergraduate students first select either the undergraduate poster or roundtable format, then choose the topical area that best fits their work. 

For a poster, students will prepare a large poster about their research, then stand next to it and explain to any interested viewers.

For a roundtable, students will send their completed paper to the faculty assigned as Discussant for their table prior to the conference. Then, at the conference, they will be seated at a large table with several other students whose research is on related topics; each student will orally present a summary of their work, and then the faculty Discussant will guide discussion.

Virtual format poster and roundtable sessions will be conducted as similarly as possible to those onsite. At the time of submission, 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. 

2022 Program Committee

Program Chair:  Patricia Drew, California State University, East Bay    patricia.drew@csueastbay.edu

You will choose from these Topical Areas when you submit your paper.  The Organizers listed will review submissions and organize them into sessions. Please do not send your paper to an Organizer unless you are asked to do so. You must submit your paper in the online submission system.

Topical Area


Applied, Public Sociology, and Community Research

Sophie Nathenson, Oregon Institute of Technology

Art, Culture, and Popular Culture

Linda Rillorta, Mount San Antonio College

Asian/Asian American Sociology

Hyeyoung Woo, Portland State University

Black Sociology

Lori Walkington, CSU San Marcos

Crime, Law, and Deviance

Josh Meisel, Humboldt State University

Education (Higher Education and other)

Brianne Davila, Cal Poly Pomona

Environmental Sociology

Laura Earles, Lewis-Clark State College


Korey Tillman, University of New Mexico

Food and Society

Rachel Soper, CSU Channel Islands


Marjukka Ollilanen, Weber State

Indigenous Sociology

Sandte Stanley, Washington State University

Intimate Relationships, Families, & Reproductive Politics

Megan Carroll, CSU San Bernardino

Labor and Labor Movements

Jason Struna, University of Puget Sound

Latinx Sociology

Daniel Olmos, CSU Northridge

Life Course Topics: Youth to Aging

Gabrielle Plickert, Cal Poly Pomona

Media and Communication

Linda Rillorta, Mt San Antonio College

Medical Sociology and Health

Alicia Bonaparte, Pitzer College


Pete Simi, Chapman University


Katie Dingeman, CSU Los Angeles

Politics, the State and Military

Raphi Rechitsky, National University

Race, Class and Gender

Kristy Shih, CSU Long Beach


Raul Perez, University of La Verne

Regional Studies, Transnationalism, Globalization, & Development

Shweta Adur, CSU Los Angeles

Religion (including Sociology of Islam)

Reid Leamaster, Glendale Community College

Rural Sociology

Ryanne Pilgeram, University of Idaho

Science and Technology

Taylor Cruz, CSU Fullerton


Megan Carroll, CSU San Bernadino

Social Movements and Social Change

Lisa Leitz, Chapman University

Social Psychology, Identity, and Emotions

Amanda Shigihara, Sacramento State University

Social Stratification, Inequality, and Poverty

Alexis McCurn, CSU Dominguez Hills

Sport and Leisure

Travers, Simon Fraser University

Teaching Sociology

Dolores Ortiz, Oxnard College

Theory: Classical, Marxist, and Critical

Reha Kadakal, CSU Channel Islands

Urban and Community Studies

Pepper Glass, Weber State University

Work, Organizations, and Economic Sociology

Rebecca Li,The College of New Jersey

Undergraduate Roundtables & Posters

Robert Kettlitz, Hastings College

Grad Fair

Kristy Shih, CSU Long Beach

Book Salons

Pat Jennings, CSU East Bay

Local Arrangements

In Process

Committee and Alpha Kappa Delta Sponsored Sessions Seeking Submissions (by graduate students, faculty, applied sociologists, etc.)
Session Topic/Title Sponsoring Committee Organizer
Building an Anti-Racist Pipeline: Engaging with Race from Early Childhood Education through College Committee on Rights, Liberties, and Social Justice Edelina Burciaga, University of Colorado Denver
Challenges and Strategies of Teaching at Community College Committee on Community Colleges Anita Harker, Whatcom Community College
Teaching Anti-Racism Committee on Teaching  
Innovations in Online Teaching Committee on Teaching  
Self-Care as Social Justice When Teaching on the Margins Committee on Teaching  
Share and Show: Impactful Assignments and Effective Assessments Committee on Teaching  
Freedom of Teaching and Research in Conservative Political Environments Committee on Freedom of Research and Teaching Matthew Grindal, University of Idaho; and Daniel Morrison, Abilene Christian University
Campus Support for LGBTQIA+ Students, Staff, and Faculty Committee on the Status of LGBTQ+ Persons in Sociology Elizabeth Bennett, Central New Mexico Community College
Queering Curriculums and Classrooms Committee on the Status of LGBTQ+ Persons in Sociology Amanda Shigihara, CSU Sacramento
LGBTQ+ Kids, Youth, and Families Committee on the Status of LGBTQ+ Persons in Sociology Katja Guenther, UC Riverside
Intersections of Pandemic: Gender, Race, and Class Committee on the Status of Women Sojung Lim, Utah State University
Parenting in the Pandemic Committee on the Status  of Women Megan Carroll, CSU San Bernardino
Domestic Terror and National Trauma Committee on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities Marcia Hernandez, University of the Pacific
Anti-Blackness in Communities of Color Committee on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities Marcia Hernandez, University of the Pacific
COVID-19 and Care Work Committee on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities Marcia Hernandez, University of the Pacific
Doing Racial Justice Work in the Community, Academy & Leadership Positions Committee on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities Marcia Hernandez, University of the Pacific
Decolonizing Classes and Class Materials Alpha Kappa Delta, International Sociology Honor Society Brianne Davila, Cal Poly Pomona, and Sarah Whitley, Washington State University
Addressing Course Equity Gaps Alpha Kappa Delta, International Sociology Honor Society Brianne Davila, Cal Poly Pomona, and Sarah Whitley, Washington State University