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


Reminder:  SSHA 2021 Submission Deadline

SSHA President Manali Desai provides an update on the 2021 annual conference planning and reminds everyone that the extended submission deadline for SSHA 2021 is fast approaching—April 16.

Reminder:  SSHA 2021 Submission Deadline

2021 Annual Conference submissions deadline extended

The submission deadline for the 2021 SSHA Annual Conference has been extended to April 16th, 2021. Please visit our submission portal (linked below) to submit a paper or session proposal by April 16th, 2021.
2021 SSHA Program Submissions

Richard Sutch Student Travel Awards

The Richard Sutch Student Travel Awards application is now available for the 2021 SSHA annual conference. The deadline for applying is April 30, 2021. To apply, please complete the application form at the following link:
Richard Sutch Student Travel Awards

Allan Sharlin Memorial Book Award

Submissions for the Allan Sharlin Memorial Book Award are now open. Books published in 2019 and 2020 are eligible for consideration. Submissions with a postmark of April 30th (or earlier) will be accepted.

For further information on nominating a book, please visit:

Allan Sharlin Memorial Book Award

SSHA Call for Papers

47th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association

Philadelphia, PA, November 11-14, 2021
Submission Deadline (extended): April 16, 2021

“Crisis, Conjunctures, Turning Points: Theory and Method in Turbulent Times”

SSHA Call for Papers PDF

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