American Sociological Association

Section on Medical Sociology


Please see below for information on conferences, books, graduate programs, and various other resources of interest to section members. These listings are updated upon request.

Please note the new fund for graduate travel! Through the generosity of Diane Kaplan and the Kaplan family, the section has established a new fund: the Howard B. Kaplan Memorial Award in Medical Sociology. Howard was a core member of the section for many years. He not only was an eminent scholar in areas relating to longitudinal studies of the self concept and health but also was instrumental in establishing new journals and a series of handbooks in our field. In honor of Howard's pathbreaking contributions to medical sociology, the Kaplan family has established this award to support graduate students doing research in one of the substantive areas that defined Howard's distinguished academic career. It will provide one graduate student each year funds up to $500 to attend the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. Priority will be given to graduate students who are working in Howard's areas of mental health, self concept and health, or deviance. If you would like to nominate one of your students (self-nominations from graduate students will also be accepted), please send a CV and a brief cover letter of nomination to

handbooks & manuscripts

Odin Anderson, "The Politics of the Welfare State as Seen by Wilbur J. Cohen."

Associations & Grants

Sociology Associations

Grant Opportunities

Promoting Reproductive Rights and the Right to Sexual Health


British Sociological Association
University of Leeds, April 23-25, 2014

Canadian Disability Studies Association Conference
Brock University, St. Catherine's, Ontario, May 28-30, 2014

XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology
Yokohama, 13-19 July 2014

Rural Sociology Association 
Equity, Democracy, and the Commons: Counter-narratives for Rural Transformation
July 30-August 3 2014, New Orleans

Mid South Sociological Association
Atlanta, GA, October 23-26, 2013

American Sociological Association 109th Annual Meeting
San Francisco, CA; August 16-19, 2014

Graduate Programs

Please note the new Ph.D. in Sociology at UMass Boston.