American Sociological Association

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A publication of the American Sociological AssociationASA News & Events
June-August 2019

ASA and Advocacy Efforts for Social Science and the Humanities in Washington, DC

Advocates at the COSSA Social Science Advocacy Day.

Advocates at the COSSA Social Science
Advocacy Day.

In spring 2019, ASA supported several advocacy efforts for social science and the humanities in Washington, DC. As an organizational member of both the National Humanities Alliance (NHA) and the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), these efforts included attending NHA’s 2019 Annual Meeting and Humanities Day and taking part in COSSA’s Social Science Advocacy Day activities. In addition, ASA sponsored an exhibit at the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Capitol Hill Exhibition and Reception. In each instance, staff members from the ASA office attended or hosted events and worked directly with NHA, COSSA, and CNSF colleagues to highlight sociology’s contribution to present and future policy priorities.

At NHA’s Annual Meeting and Humanities Day, March 11-12, meeting attendees heard presentations on making the case for studying the humanities, then broke out into smaller training sessions on promoting the humanities designed for those attendees who would meet with members of Congress or their staff. Advocates also met with their groups to discuss strategy, logistics, and compelling examples of National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)-supported work and impact areas to educate Congress about the role of the NEH. The Humanities Advocacy Day participants urged Members of Congress to sign on to letters requesting increased funding for humanities programs, resulting in significant bipartisan support. For more information about NHA, visit

Michael Massoglia, University of Wisconsin-Madison, at the 2019 CNSF Exhibition.

Michael Massoglia, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
presenting at the 2019 CNSF Exhibition.

The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) held its 25th Annual Exhibition and Reception on Capitol Hill, titled “Building the Future: Federal Investments in Science, Engineering and Education,” on April 30. The event annually showcases research made possible by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and this year ASA sponsored an exhibit by Michael Massoglia, University of Wisconsin-Madison, titled “Linking Violence and Migration: Evidence from Mexico.” In addition, the 2019 CNSF exhibition also included the work of another sociologist, Lori Peek, University of Colorado-Boulder, titled “CONVERGE: Coordinated Social Science, Engineering, Natural Science, and Interdisciplinary Extreme Events Research.” For more information on CNSF, visit

That same week, COSSA held its largest-ever Social Science Advocacy Day, on May 1. More than 70 social and behavioral science researchers, stakeholders, and advocates met with their members of Congress or their staff to advocate for funding for federal agencies and programs that support social and behavioral science research. Advocates from 20 states converged on Capitol Hill, completing 77 individual meetings. Materials used to help articulate the value of social science research are available on the COSSA website ( The previous day, COSSA hosted an Advocacy Day seminar, featuring a kickoff presentation from Alan Leshner, CEO Emeritus of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.