World Social Science Association

Formerly the Western Social Science Association

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Sections & Affiliates

2024 President-Elect

Karen Jarratt-Snider, Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor
Northern Arizona University
Department of Applied Indigenous Studies

P.O. Box 15020
Flagstaff, AZ 86011


Find, in the list below, a Section/Associate/Affiliate Coordinator for your field of interest.

The deadline to submit proposals for the 2024 conference will be January 15, 2024.


  • an individual paper
  • a panel of papers
  • a roundtable
  • or a workshop/demonstration/professional development event,

choose, below, the section for which you think your contribution would be most appropriate, click on the drop-down arrow, read the section-specific information, and the format definitions, then click on the "Start Submission" button. That will take you to the submission system. Sign in, if you already have a user account, or create a user account and then sign in. You will then fill out the submission form and submit it.


Everyone who plans to attend the conference needs to CLICK HERE and read these policies.

Interested in Affiliating or Associating?

Both Affiliates and Associates hold their meetings under the umbrella of the WSSA, and their members are treated as WSSA members as well as members of their own groups. Affiliate groups have their own journal, business operations, and organizational structure. Associate groups have their own business operations and organizational structure. Current Affiliate groups are the Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS), Association for Latin American, Chicano, Latinx & Iberian Studies (ALACLIS), Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), and the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE). Current Associate group is the Association for Institutional Thought (AFIT). If your group is interested in affiliating with the WSSA, please let us know. You may contact:

Larry A. Gould, PhD
WSSA Executive Director

If your section did not previously meet the definition of an affiliate or associate group, but has now met those definitions, please contact the Communications Director, Kate Herke to have your description changed in the list below.


Everyone who will attend the conference must register, including all presenters. See our Registration page for instructions on how to register, information about refunds, and the links to the on-line registration form.

A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.

A “PANEL” is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. They must already have all of the papers and authors' information available.

A "ROUNDTABLE” is an open session on a specified topic, with NO PAPERS, just the information about the people meeting to discuss. Information about all discussants must be included in the submission, along with a description of the topic.

A "WORKSHOP/TUTORIAL/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EVENT" is a teaching or professional development event, lecture or demonstration that YOU will create and manage.

African/African-American Studies

This section adds to a commitment of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary academic excellence by highlighting Contemporary theories and research of African and African Americans. Scholarly discussions are presented on academic, social, economic, and historical issues that impact the African and African American experience in the United States. We accept contributions from any discipline that facilitates intellectual discussion on the history, culture, religion, politics, economics, arts, sociology, health, and the Diaspora of peoples of African descent as developed from experiences in both the old and new worlds.

George Kieh, Ph.D.

Title: Dean of Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs


Affiliation: Texas Southern University

Economics (General)

This section presents perspectives for general economics on the allocation of scarce resources among competing ends. Topics include, but are not limited to, the subfields of labor economics, public finance, health economics, demographic economics, international trade and economic development.

Dr. Karl Geisler

Title: Professor of Business, College of Finance & Economics


Affiliation: Idaho State University

Public Administration

Viola Fuentes

Title: Primary Coordinator


Affiliation: Mesa Community College

Chandra Commuri

Title: Co-Coordinator


Phone: 661-654-6140

Affiliation: California State University at Bakersfield

E. Scott Lee

Title: Co-Coordinator


Affiliation: Indiana University East

Notice to Section Coordinators


Please note that the Section Coordinators must accept or reject all papers submitted by that deadline no later than January 24, 2024.  If you do not meet this deadline, we will accept submissions on your behalf.

  • August 15, 2024 - The website will be open for Conference Registration and the submission of individual sessions, individual abstracts, and panels/roundtables.
  • January 15, 2024 - Final Date for submission of abstracts and panels to the Section/Affiliate Coordinators.
  • January 24, 2024 - Section/Affiliate Coordinators' final date for Accept/Reject submissions to their section.
  • January 29, 2024 - Section/Affiliate Coordinators submit their first draft of their sessions to WSSA using the submittal portal provided, with their requested day and time of the session.
  • February 5, 2024 - WSSA returns the first draft of the program to the Section/Affiliate Coordinators with the day and time of the panels.
  • February 19, 2024 - Section/Affiliate Coordinators submit any changes, modifications, or edits to the conference program. It is important that Section/Affiliate Coordinators verify the day and time of panels with the members of their sections.
  • February 26, 2024 - Final program is distributed to the Section/Affiliate Coordinators.
  • March 4, 2024 - WSSA the program will be posted on the website.  The only edits that will occur after this day will be the deletions of abstracts/presenters from the program, spelling errors, etc. The changes to the program as described in part 7 above will occur as quickly as WSSA can make the changes sent by the section/Affiliate coordinator.
  • March 25, 2024 - WSSA addendum to the website will be posted.


The biggest two complaints that we receive is that:

  1. section coordinator has neither accepted nor rejected my paper and/or
  2. the section coordinator has not told me the time or day of my presentation. Please respond to the members of your section so that we do not have to.

Another complaint that we get is that individuals need to make their travel plans and reservations for the hotel but have not heard from the section coordinators. This is why we are publishing the program as early as is reasonably to be expected. The deadlines we have above are as absolute as we can make them. We fully understand you're volunteers and we really appreciate all of your efforts. Without you we could not make this conference run; however, we need you to respond as quickly as possible to members of your sections and to the program coordinator.

Here's to a successful conference.