The Rural Sociological Society (RSS)

The RSS is a professional social science association that promotes the generation, application, and dissemination of sociological knowledge. The Society seeks to enhance the quality of rural life, communities, and the environment. This website is intended to serve all those interested in rural people and places.

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Opportunity for a Rural Sociological Society Diversity Travel Scholarship, more info can be found here

We are sad to announce that a former President, Daryl Hobbs, of the Rural Sociological Society has passed on. A link to his memorial page can be found here

2014 Annual Meeting Council Minutes

To book your room for the upcoming Annual Meeting at the Madison Concourse Hotel please click here

Memory of Ralph Brown, RSS Executive Director/Treasurer, link

To view Council Meeting Minutes Archive, click here

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: The Awards and Endowment Committee is accepting nominations for multiple prestigious awards.  Detailed information, including submission criteria, can be found here.Complete packets must be submitted by March 15.  Winners will be notified in April and acknowledged at the 2015 RSS Annual Meetings Awards Ceremony in Madison, Wisconsin. Contact Cindy Anderson ( or Glenn Israel ( for more information. 

2015 Call for RSS Dissertation and Early Career Awards, click here

Past RSS award winners, click here

European Rural Sociological Society (ESRS)

IRSA 2016 Toronto