2023 Conference Participation Information–Submit your proposals to present here


The deadline for submissions to present is November 1, 2022 for graduate students/faculty/etc. and December 1, 2022 for undergraduate students.


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:

At this time, PSA plans for the 2023 conference to be entirely in-person.

FAQs about the PSA conference, submissions, etc.

Downloadable instructions for 2023 submission system

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

You may not submit the same paper to more than one place within the online submission system.  You may, however, submit multiple different papers.

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.

For 2023, topical areas are fewer than in recent years. This is aimed to support topical area Organizers’ ability to consider more papers as they make sessions, so that sessions can be both robust and distinct.

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

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, 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. 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.  

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.

 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. 

President Shirley A. Jackson

It is almost time for our annual meeting! I hope the conference theme, ‘We Will Do Better and Other Myths’: Social Institutions and the Maintenance of Oppression has piqued your interest and that you are excited about attending the 2023 meeting in Bellevue, Washington. The theme will hopefully spark interest in not only attending but presenting. The meetings are a great opportunity for us to share our knowledge, questions, and concerns about society, and hopefully provide answers.

In the aftermath of the 2020 killing of George Floyd and the protests that followed, institutions claimed to want to do better. The question is, have they, and even more importantly, if not, why not? With the ever-changing political, economic, and social landscape, we see examples of the kinds of questions that sociologists love to study. Our courses on social problems, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, social movements, political sociology, religion, and health, provide us with a wide range of ways we might interrogate and shed light on local, national, and global concerns. What have we learned over the last few years? The last decade? The last five decades?

This is a time to explore not only the promises made in 2020 but those that have been made in other eras and their relationship to the present. In 1963, the March on Washington was followed by the passage of the Civil Rights bill of 1964 and the Voting Rights bill of 1965. Roe v. Wade was passed in 1973 which gave women access to safe abortions. The Gay Liberation Movement and the Women’s Movement made way for the current LGBTQAI+ movement. Yet, there have been complicated and troubling responses to these, and other, historical events that push us to examine how social institutions play a role in both dismantling and maintaining oppression.

For those of you who are teaching and/or advising students, please encourage them to submit a paper or poster. I look forward to seeing you at the meetings in the spring!

–PSA President Shirley A. Jackson, Portland State University

2023 Program Committee

Program Chair Brianne Dávila

Program Chair:  Brianne Dávila, Cal Poly Pomona

You will choose from these Topical Areas when you submit your paper.  There are also some committee-sponsored and AKD-sponsored sessions listed in the second chart seeking submissions. 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


Community-based & Applied Research

Janet Muñiz, CSULB

Urban Ethnography

Duke Austin, CSU East Bay

Art, Culture, & Popular Culture

Xuan Santos, CSU San Marcos

Race & Ethnicity

Lori Walkington, CSU San Marcos

Race & Gender

Marcia Hernandez, University of the Pacific

Gender & Sexualities

Miriam Abelson, Portland State University


Jessica Kizer, Pitzer College

Social Inequalities

Jelani Ince, University of Washington

Regional Studies, Transnationalism, Globalization, & Development

José Collazo, CSU Channel Islands

Rural Sociology

Ryanne Pilgeram, University of Idaho

Environmental Sociology

Erik Johnson, Washington State University


Tanya Sanabria, CSULA

Teaching Sociology and Marxist/Critical Theory

Michel Estefan, UCSD

Anti-racist Pedagogy

Uriel Serrano, UCSC

Crime, Law, & Deviance

Valerie Jenness, UCI

Medical Sociology, Health, & Reproductive Politics

Katie Daniels, Cal Poly Pomona

Work, Labor, & Economics

Hyeyoung Woo, Portland State University

Social Psychology

Amanda Shigihara, CSU Sacramento

Immigration, Demography, & Social Change

Louis Esparza, CSU Los Angeles

Undergraduate Roundtables & Posters

Robert Kettlitz, Hastings College

Graduate Fair

Kristy Shih, CSULB

CommitteeSession Topic/TitleOrganizer
Status of WomenGender & Disability; Intersectional Approaches   Gabriele Ciciurkaite, Utah State University
Status of WomenGender, State, & Policy     Megan Carroll, CSU San Bernardino
Status of WomenGender & COVID-19: Challenges, Resources, & Implications   Sojung Lim, Utah State University
TeachingPedagogy of InclusionCésar (Che) Rodríguez, San Francisco State University
TeachingGreat Assignments in Teaching SociologyJamie Palmer-Asemota, Nevada State College
TeachingActive LearningMarisol Clark-Ibáñez, CSU San Marcos
TeachingOnline LearningMarisol Clark-Ibáñez, CSU San Marcos
TeachingOpen Topics in Teaching SociologyCésar (Che) Rodríguez, San Francisco State University
Student AffairsRise Up as One! Activism, Labor Movements, and Union OrganizingMelvin Sen, CSU San Marcos
Status of LGBTQIA+ PersonsAdvances in LGBT, Queer, & Transgender StudiesChris Wakefield, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Status of LGBTQIA+ PersonsQueering the Classroom: Pedagogy & PraxisChris Wakefield, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Alpha Kappa DeltaMy Students Are Struggling, What Can I Do? Equity-minded InterventionsSarah Whitley, Washington State University, and Brianne Dávila, Cal Poly Pomona
Alpha Kappa DeltaClassroom Activities that Target Student Engagement and CommunitySarah Whitley, Washington State University, and Brianne Dávila, Cal Poly Pomona
Alpha Kappa DeltaAll Things Graduate School—Preparation to Program SuccessMahindra Mohan Kumar, University of Oregon; Sarah Whitley, Washington State University; and Brianne Dávila, Cal Poly Pomona
Alpha Kappa DeltaLabor Organizing in Graduate SchoolMahindra Mohan Kumar, University of Oregon; Sarah Whitley, Washington State University; and Brianne Dávila, Cal Poly Pomona
Alpha Kappa DeltaNavigating Academia from the MarginsMahindra Mohan Kumar, University of Oregon; Sarah Whitley, Washington State University; and Brianne Dávila, Cal Poly Pomona
Committee on the Status of Racial and Ethnic MinoritiesRacial Myths, Racial Reckonings (Building on the theme for this year’s meeting, the Committee on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities invites papers that interrogate, extend, or challenge popular and academic conceptualizations of racialized communities, individuals, and organizations. For example, scholars have challenged “the model minority myth” and grappled with the cultural and material implications of this racial myth. In higher education, scholars and practitioners are responding to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives that fail to set forth structural solutions. For this year’s conference, we invite proposals for papers that (1) explore new or existing ideas relating to racial and ethnic minorities; (2) introduce or challenge frameworks by centering emerging issues; (3) draw on social movements and praxis to challenge sociological paradigms related to ethnic and racial minorities; and (4) showcase the transformative action taking place within our respective institutions and communities.)TBD
Committee on Community CollegesMentoring Students in Community Colleges: Challenges and SuccessesElizabeth Bennett, Central New Mexico Community College, and Anita Harker, Whatcom Community College