Membership in SSHA

The Social Science History Association is an interdisciplinary group of scholars that shares interests in social life and theory; historiography, and historical and social-scientific methodologies. SSHA might be best seen as a coalition of distinctive scholarly communities. Our substantive intellectual work ranges from everyday life in the medieval world – and sometimes earlier – to contemporary global politics, but we are united in our historicized approach to understanding human events, explaining social processes, and developing innovative theory.

The term “social science history” has meant different things to different academic generations. In the 1970s, when the SSHA’s first meetings were held, the founding generation of scholars took it to reflect their concern to address pressing questions by combining social-science method and new forms of historical evidence. Quantitative approaches were especially favored by the association’s historical demographers, as well as some of the economic, social and women’s historians of the time. By the 1980s and 1990s, other waves of scholars – including culturally-oriented historians and anthropologists, geographers, political theorists, and comparative-historical social scientists – had joined the conversation.

New intellectual directions continue to emerge at the outset of the 21st century. Today’s SSHA incorporates a diversity of scholarly styles, with lots of crosstalk among them.

When you become a member of SSHA, you will receive the association’s journal Social Science History, which comes out quarterly in both print and online formats. Members have access to the journal’s full online content, which includes all recent issues as well as past issues available from the journal’s online archives. Along with your 12-month subscription to Social Science History, members also receive a reduced conference registration rate, are entitled to vote for officers and committee members, and encouraged to participate in the Annual Business Meeting and Banquet.

Membership is on a rolling basis – good for 12 months from the date of your joining/renewal. To sign up for an SSHA membership, please visit the SSHA membership registration website. For assistance with your membership, please contact or call 812-855-4224.

Membership Types
Membership Rates
Senior Scholar 1-Year Membership $90
Early- and Mid-Career 1-Year Membership $60
Student 1-Year Membership $30


2020 SSHA Presidents Book Award

Submissions for the 2020 SSHA Presidents Book Award are now open. Submissions postmarked by August 31 (or earlier) will be accepted. For further information on nominating a book, please visit:

2020 SSHA Presidents Book Award

SSHA Conference Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 SSHA Annual Conference in Washington DC has been canceled.

2020 SSHA Conference Canceled

Social Science History is Back in Print

Cambridge University Press has resumed printing Social Science History. Issues will roll out gradually over the next several months, beginning with earlier issues followed by more recently published issues. We will keep you updated of any changes as circumstances warrant. The SSH editorial office and Cambridge University Press thank you all for your patience during this time!


The SSHA Executive Committee has voted to endorse the following statement on racism and history:

SSHA Executive Committee Statement on Racism and History

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