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About ASA

As the national organization for sociologists, the American Sociological Association, through its Executive Office, is well positioned to provide a unique set of services to its members and to promote the vitality, visibility, and diversity of the discipline. Working at the national and international levels, the Association aims to articulate policy and implement programs likely to have the broadest possible impact for sociology now and in the future.

The American Sociological Association is:

  • a non-profit membership association based in Washington, DC
  • dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good
  • 100 years old in 2005 (founded in 1905)
  • an association of over 13,000+  members
  • home to 52 special interest sections with more than 21,000 members
  • host of an annual meeting with more than 6,000 participants
  • publisher of 9 professional journals and magazines

Members include:

  • college and university faculty
  • researchers
  • students
  • practitioners
  • About 20 percent of the members work in government, business, or non-profit organizations.