2021: Wednesday, March 17 to Sunday, March 21
President: Sharon K. Davis, University of La Verne
Theme: The New Normal and the Redefinition of Deviance
Vice President: Gary Hytrek, CSU Long Beach
Program Chair: Marcia Marx, CSU San Bernardino
Life in the United States today can be described as a sociological field experience that is ever changing and regularly surprising. Driven by political forces and uncertainties, many aspects of our taken-for-granted lives have been profoundly impacted. Women, ethnic minorities, the poor, immigrants, the educated, people with diverse sexualities, individuals with mental challenges, and people with physical disabilities, to name a few, have found themselves to be the targets of political leaders who wish to control them through renewed labeling, oppression, and exclusion. The use of slogans, name calling, and rudeness unfolds in the media and impacts our daily lives. Are we witness to the deconstruction of a society or growing pains that will lead us to a more equitable new order?
These are some of the many factors that influenced the choice of the theme of the PSA 2021 Annual Meeting, “The New Normal and the Redefinition of Deviance”. As sociologists, we may not have anticipated some of these developments, but we must now study, understand, and explain them to ourselves and to others. It is my hope that the theme captures and reflects these dynamic, challenging and exciting times in which we live. More than ever, our sociological enterprise is relevant. As educated social scientists, we study the past, document the present, and shape the future. Our knowledge and leadership are profoundly needed.
–2021 PSA President Sharon K. Davis
2022: Thursday, April 7 to Sunday, April 10, at the Sheraton in Sacramento, CA
President: Wendy Ng, CSU East Bay
Vice President: Sharon Elise, CSU San Marcos
Program Chair: TBA
2023: Thursday, March 30 to Sunday, April 2, at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue (East Seattle), WA
President: Augustine Kposowa, UC Riverside
Vice President: Shirley A. Jackson, Portland State University
Program Chair: TBA
2024: We are working on re-booking in San Diego, since we had to cancel the 2021 conference there!