Social Science History Association

Interdisciplinary perspectives on the past

2022 Annual Conference submissions now open

The Social Science History Association is an interdisciplinary organization that publishes a journal, Social Science History, organizes an annual conference, supports graduate student travel to the conference, and awards book and article prizes.

With scholars from history, economics, sociology, demography, anthropology, and other social sciences, the association brings together scholars in thematic networks where they can explore common questions.

Each network organizes its own call for papers and selects the bulk of the papers to be presented at the annual conference. This open, flexible, and non-hierarchical structure makes these networks particularly welcoming spaces for younger scholars and invigorating tonic for more seasoned academics.

SSHA 2021 Conference Award Winners

Allan Sharlin Memorial Book Award (2020)

Book Award Winner

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention


Andrew G. Walder
Agents of Disorder Inside China’s Cultural Revolution.
Harvard University Press
(October 8, 2019)

Amy C. Offner
Sorting Out the Mixed Economy: The Rise and Fall of Welfare and Developmental States in the Americas.
Princeton University Press
(September 17, 2019)

Philip T. Hoffman,
Gilles Postel-Vinay, and
Jean-Laurent Rosenthal

Dark Matter Credit: The Development of Peer-to-Peer Lending and Banking in France.
Princeton University Press
(February 5, 2019)

Allan Sharlin Memorial Book Award (2021)

Book Award Co-Winner

Book Award Co-Winner

Honorable Mention


Steven Pfaff and
Michael Hechter
The Genesis of Rebellion: Governance, Grievance, and Mutiny in the Age of Sail
Cambridge University Press
(September 3, 2020)

Isaac Ariail Reed
Power in Modernity
Agency Relations and the Creative Destruction of the King’s Two Bodies.

University of Chicago Press
(March 25, 2020)

Diana S. Kim
Empires of Vice: The Rise of Opium Prohibition across Southeast Asia.
Princeton University Press
(February 18, 2020)

Founders Prize

Steven Sprick Schuster, Matthew Jaremski and Elisabeth Ruth Perlman
"An Empirical History of the US Postal Savings System."
Social Science History  Volume 44, Issue 4 (Winter 2020), pp. 667-696.


2022 Annual Conference submissions now open

SSHA is now accepting paper and session submissions for the 2022 Annual Conference. Please visit our submission portal to submit a paper or session proposal. The submission deadline is February 16, 2022.

SSHA Call for Papers

48th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association

Chicago, IL, November 17-20, 2022
Submission Deadline: February 16, 2022

“Reverberations of Empire: Histories, Legacies & Lineages”

SSHA Call for Papers PDF

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