The Virginia Social Science Association is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1926. It is the oldest association of academic disciplines in Virginia. The VSSA brings together academics in the fields anthropology, business, criminal justice, economics, education, geography, history, international relations, political science, psychology, and sociology. The VSSA’s core mission involves breaking down traditional educational boundaries in pursuit of social science research, dissemination of new ideas generated by that research, and the fostering of dialogue about teaching at all levels.

The VSSA represents both an exciting venue for knowledge production and intellectual sharing across disciplinary boundaries and also a vehicle connecting academics from all institutions of higher education, museums, libraries and archives, but also undergraduate and graduate students, and independent scholars through a yearly meeting for research presentations and the publication of a peer-reviewed journal highlighting new scholarship across the disciplines.

In pursuit of our mission, the VSSA’s functions fall into three categories: publication, teaching, and networking.


The Virginia Social Science Journal – a refereed journal publishing and encouraging research in the social sciences.

VSSA Newsletter & Web News/Updates-biannual newsletter (sent via email to subscribers and also available on website)


Providing ongoing education for scholars through both topical research and professional development sessions at the annual meeting and also through publications and website.


The VSSA provides its members opportunities to share academic best practices, novel teaching approaches, and current research through its annual meeting, publications, website, and social networking resources (Facebook, LinkedIn).