Membership in the Social Science History Association

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.

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


The submission deadline for the 2020 SSHA Annual Conference has been extended to March 13th. Please visit our submission portal (link below) to submit a paper or session proposal by March 13th, 2020.
2020 SSHA Program Submissions

SSHA is pleased to offer a limited number of student travel grants to help offset the cost to graduate students (and the occasional exceptional undergraduate) attending our annual conference. The deadline for applying is March 15, 2020. To apply, please complete the application form at the link below:
Richard Sutch Student Travel Awards

The 2020 ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research will open regisitration for all courses on February 11, 2020. For more information, visit the ICPSR Summer Program webpage or contact or (734) 763-7400.

2020 ICPSR Summer Program (Word)
2020 ICPSR Summer Program (PDF)

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