115th American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Meeting

Date of event: 
August 8, 2020 - August 11, 2020
Submission deadline: 
January 29, 2020
San Francisco, California

The 115th ASA Annual Meeting will be held August 8-11, 2020 in San Francisco. The Annual Meeting provides the opportunity for professionals involved in the scientific study of society to share knowledge and new directions in research and practice. Approximately 600 program sessions are convened during the four-day meeting held every August to provide participation venues and networking outlets for nearly 3,000 research papers and over 4,600 presenters.

Submissions for the 115th ASA Annual Meeting are open. The deadline to submit is January 29, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. In addition to paper submissions, proposals will be accepted for Courses, Workshops, Preconferences, the Sociology in Practice Settings Symposium, and the Teaching and Learning Symposium. 

How to Submit
All submissions must be made via the online submission system. The online forms will guide you through the steps required to submit your proposal.


  1. Log in with your ASA username and password
  2. Click on the link "2020 Annual Meeting Submissions" listed under Annual Meeting
  3. Click on "Submit or Edit a Proposal" listed under the Submitter Menu
  4. Select the type of proposal you wish to submit


Program Policies
The program policies listed below apply to all organizers and participants.

Open Submissions. The ASA meeting has an open submission policy. Organizers are expected to select the best papers submitted to them. It is against ASA policy for organizers to recruit presenters selectively or to impose their own pre-planned themes on sessions.

Diversity. Much of the vitality of the ASA flows from its diverse membership. With this in mind, it is the policy of the ASA to include people of color, women, sociologists from small institutions or who work in government, business, and other applied settings, and international scholars in all of its programmatic activities and in the business of the Association.

Membership. Individuals who are listed on the program as participants are encouraged to hold membership in ASA. All persons listed as “Session Organizer” must be members of the ASA.

Registration. All participants on the Annual Meeting program must register for the meeting. A “participant” is anyone who is listed as presenting author, presider, discussant, panelist, critic, workshop leader, discussion leader, table presider, or any other type of presenter. Complimentary registration may be granted to an invited speaker would not normally attend the meeting, is invited to present or participate on a scheduled session, works outside the discipline/field, and is not an ASA member or ever held an ASA membership. In cases of multiple-authored papers, co-authors who will not be attending the Annual Meeting are not required to register.

Participation Policies
Only one single-authored paper presentation is permitted. Authors who have more than one single-authored paper accepted must decide which paper will be presented and inform the session organizers promptly.

Individuals may not be listed on more than two sessions on the program. This includes all participant roles. A “participant” is anyone listed as an author, co-author, presider, discussant, panelist, critic, roundtable presenter, discussion leader, or any similar substantive role on the program. Session organizers are exempt from this policy and there is a “professional service” exemption for workshop leaders. Participants who are accepted to more than two sessions must decide on which sessions to participate and inform the sessions organizers promptly.


ASA is accepting volunteers to serve as Presider, Table Presider (for roundtable sessions), and Discussants at the Annual Meeting. The submission deadline is Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern). To volunteer:


  1. Log in with your ASA username and password
  2. Click on the link "2020 Annual Meeting Submissions" listed under Annual Meeting
  3. Click on "Volunteer to be a Discussant or Presider" listed under the Submitter Menu