2023 Conference Program Information

Here is a link to web-based versions of the conference program (updated every 15 minutes).

Web-based Program     This link has three parts, for Participants (an index that shows/links to the sessions where a person is scheduled), Sessions at a Glance (shows sessions arranged by date, which can be clicked on to show more information), and Detailed Program (like a program document, listing all sessions sequentially).

Changes WILL happen; in particular, session numbers are likely to change.

Note: These are NOT the actual conference app, which has a lot more functions and capabilities, like the ability to save a personal agenda of sessions you are interested in; persons who have paid conference fees will be sent access information to the conference app a bit before the conference.


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

Program Chair Brianne Dávila

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.

–PSA President Shirley A. Jackson, Portland State University

Program Chair:  Brianne Dávila, Cal Poly Pomona


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