This spring, the DCSS will be seeking new leadership during its annual election. Sally Hillsman, the current DCSS President and former ASA Executive Director, will hand over the presidency after two terms. DCSS will also bid farewell to Secretary Julie Anderson. Sally and Julie will both continue as members of the Executive Committee. John Curtis, a research and evaluation consultant, has graciously agreed to continue as DCSS treasurer.

We also welcome area sociologists to join our Executive Committee!

If you'd like to be considered for a leadership role, please reach out to any leader for more information.

DCSS History

​​​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!

DCSS Leaders

The Sociologist

DCSS Address by ASA President-Elect Cecilia Menjívar

"Immigration in a Changing Policy Context"

February 18, 2021, 6:30-8 pm Eastern

The Sociologist is the mouthpiece of DCSS. The Sociologist began as a newsletter for members of DCSS. Beginning in 2014, we transformed the newsletter into a periodic magazine of public sociology for a general audience. The Sociologist is an open-access publication and is supported by DCSS and George Mason University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Our aim is to continue to foster our project as a meeting place for all sociologists in the Washington, D.C. area. The Sociologist is issued periodically to coincide with our public events.

Send us the sociology of your neighborhood, where you learn and work, or your playground.

In 1934, E. Franklin Frazier

moved to Howard University

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 black to serve as President of the American Sociological Society (later renamed Association). His Presidential Address “Race Contacts and the Social Structure,” was presented at the organization’s annual meeting in Chicago in December 1948. ​