​​​Welcome to District of Columbia Sociological Society


Founded in 1934, the District of Columbia Sociological Society is one of the oldest regional sociological associations in the United States. From its beginnings, DCSS has been a meeting place for practitioners and academics in sociology. DCSS offers opportunities to:

  • network with sociologists in the DC area.

  • build a vibrant sociological community in the DC area.

  • welcome new sociologists to the DC area. 

  • promote the rigorous study of sociology and the application of sociological ideas. 

  • continue members’ sociological education and development. 

  • participate in lectures and panel discussions on sociological topics.

  • enhance public understanding of sociology and increase the level of sociological literacy in the DC area, both in the federal government and in the broader community.

  • help develop the next generation of sociologists. 

Please join the DCSS today!

Why has Mel Kohn been a DCSS member for over 60 years?

By Johanna Bockman, DCSS President


 I saw that current DC Sociological Society member, Melvin Kohn, gave a DCSS presentation on March 30, 1961 titled “Reports on Some Current Research on Health,” so I decided to interview him about the DCSS. The interview was a lot of fun and provided much insight into DCSS....

​The Sociologist, or the newspaper of the DCSS, began in the 1960's as a way to highlight the rich and diverse ways in which sociology was being done in the District of Columbia.  After a period of dormancy, we have reinvigorated the activities and have a new collection of offerings from sociologists in the area 

The Sociologist

In 1934, E. Franklin Frazier moved to HowardUniversity and helped found the DCSS: Frazier was a founding member of the 

D.C. Sociological Society, serving as President of DCSS in 1943-44. Frazier also served as President of the Eastern Sociological Society in 1944-45. In 1948, Frazier was the first ...

DCSS History

You're invited to

the DCSS Happy Hour and discussion with Phil Cohen (UMD) on

Thursday, October 13 @6:30.

More info here


Why Join DCSS?