American Sociological Association

ASA Communities


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.

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Minority Fellowship Program

The ASA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) supports the development and training of sociologists of color in any sub-area or specialty in the discipline. Funded by generous annual contributions from organizations such as Alpha Kappa Delta, Sociologists for Women in Society, the Midwest Sociological Society, the Association for Black Sociologists, Southwestern Sociological Association, as well as membership donations, MFP seeks to attract talented doctoral students to ensure a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles in sociological research.

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Student Forum

The ASA 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 ASA as student members automatically become members of the Student Forum, receive all mailings and electronic communications, and have access to Student Forum programming.

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Sociology Action Network

The goal of SAN is to leverage our sociological expertise to empower various sectors of civil society to intervene in current sociopolitical contexts in meaningful ways.  SAN will do this by providing direct support to organizations with missions related to issues that can be informed by sociology.  This is a nonpartisan effort to connect individuals interested in volunteering their sociological expertise—including substantive knowledge and methodological skill—with organizations in need of such expertise.  

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Opportunities in Retirement Network

The Opportunities in Retirement Network (ORN) is ASA's community for retired members and anyone interested in the experiences and challenges of retirement.

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