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All About Sections

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 are great for networking with your colleagues and keeping up to date with new developments in your field. 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 sections even publish scholarly journals. Check out our list of current sections to see if there's a section that matches your interests.

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Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting Session Allocation Formula
Planning Your Section's Annual Meeting Sessions

New Section Officer Resources

Orientation Podcasts
New Section Officers' Training Manual (PDF)
New Section Officer Orientation Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)


Sections Manual, 2013 Edition (PDF)
Starting a Section Journal  (PDF)
Section Bylaws Links
Section Governance Timetable
Section Budget Allocation Formula
How to Form a New Section
Annual Report Requirements for Sections
Secretary-Treasurer's Handbook (PDF)
Section Budget Forms
Section Awards Guide (PDF)


Using Section Listservs
Section Listserv List
Section Webmaster Guide (PDF)

Governance and Oversight

The Committee on Sections



Candidate Biographical Information Instructions
Section Elections Timetable and Guidelines
Petitions Guidelines

Background and Context

The History of ASA's Sections
Final 2015 Section Membership Counts
Final Section Memberships 2005-2015
Section and ASA Totals 1970 to Present




You must be a current member of ASA to join sections. If you are a current member, go to the member portal and add a section to your membership. (Use your ASA ID and password to log in.) If you are not a current ASA member, you can join on this page.

If you have questions about ASA Sections, please contact the ASA Governance and Sections Office at (202)383-9005 , ext. 330 or e-mail