American Sociological Association


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  1. Student Forum

    What is the Student Forum?

    The American Sociological Association's Student Forum provides resources for graduate and undergraduate sociology students, helps develop networks among student members, and facilitates student participation in the ASA by encouraging professional development and service. Individuals who join the American Sociological Association as student members automatically become members of the Student Forum, receive all mailings and electronic communications, and have access to Student Forum programming.

  2. ASA Communities

    ASA Sections

    Sections are officially-recognized groups of sociologists who share a common interest in a specific topic. ASA has fifty two sections addressing topics ranging from aging to globalization. Sections write newsletters, conduct panels, receptions and sessions at the Annual Meeting, and connect their members on a daily basis through listservs, websites and social media outlets. Some even publish scholarly journals.

  3. Disability in Society Section Award Recipients

    Distinguished Career in the Sociology of Disability

    2017: Sara Green, University of South Florida


    Distinguished Contributions to the Sociology of Disability

    2014: Richard Scotch, University of Texas-Dallas

    2014: Sharon Barnartt, Gallaudet University

    2014: Barbara Altman, Disability Statistics Consultant


  4. Section Bylaws

    Section Bylaws (PDF)

    Amended Bylaws to take effect September 1, 2020 

  5. For Section Leaders

    Information and resources including manuals, schedules, and forms to help section officers fulfill their responsibilities as a section leader. 

    Materials and Resources for Sections Leaders

    Annual Meeting Planning

  6. Section Membership Data

    ASA continuously tracks the number of members in its sections. Section membership numbers change on a daily basis as more members join throughout the year. Click here for current membership counts as of August 5, 2020. 

    Below are the final counts as of the last day of the membership year, September 30.  

  7. Minority Fellowship Program Community

    The Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) was founded in 1974 and since that time has supported more than 500 students of color in pursuit of a doctoral degree in sociology. Former MFP fellows have gone on to serve as presidents of the American Sociological Association, distinguished faculty, award-winning scholars and teachers, and influential social scientists working in goverment agencies, non-profits, and the business world.