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. 

2023 Program Committee

Program Chair:  Brianne Dávila, Cal Poly Pomona

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


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