The 85th Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society 
August 2-6, 2023 
University of Vermont in Burlington, VT.
Pursuing Equity and Access in Development – Roles for Rural-Focused Public Scholars
Rural-focused scholars have long engaged in research, education, outreach, and extension efforts that intersect with a range of development issues (under many labels) at the community, regional, national, and even global levels. In our current era of debate over massive investments in physical, technological, and social infrastructures and services coupled with concerns over resilience in the face of climate change and multiple forms of conflict, the theme for the 2023 conference focuses attention on the roles played by rural scholars committed to public engagement and the need to chart pathways for future work. We are collectively positioned to address and amplify equity and access in development to move dialogue forward, issues of ever-growing relevance in these tumultuous and uncertain times.
Submission Process:
Submissions for paper presentations, posters, organized panels, workshops are welcome. Abstracts should be approximately 150-350 words and briefly outline the purpose, conceptual/theoretical framing, methods, and main findings. The deadline for submitting abstracts is Wednesday, February 15th, 2023, at 11:59 pm (CST).  Abstracts can be submitted online through the link below.

Program Co-Chairs Stephanie Teixeira-Poit and Kara Woods at [email protected] or the RSS Business Office [email protected], with any questions and ideas for special events you have for the 2023 meeting.

The Rural Sociological Society 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. We seek and support a diverse and international membership of academics and practitioners who share our interests in rural people and places.



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.

We seek and support a diverse and international membership of academics and practitioners who share our interests in rural people and places.

What We Do

The core activities of the Rural Sociological Society are our peer-reviewed journal, Rural Sociology, our annual conference, and support for communities of scholars concerned with specific rural topics. Through these activities, the RSS has provided leadership in scholarship, policies, and advocacy. Since its founding in 1937, the RSS has traced changes in rural life and livelihoods, demography, community structures and economies, technologies, environmental conditions, and agriculture and food systems.

Shared Values at the Rural Sociological Society

In these politically turbulent times we wish to share with others the core values that we believe animate and organize our activities as members and leaders of the Rural Sociological Society (RSS).  We believe in the free expression of ideas, in civil discourse and mutual respect among participants, and in the value of scientific research without political considerations.  We oppose actions and words that demean, exclude, and otherwise marginalize individuals and groups of different genders, races, identities, sexual orientations, and national origins.  We seek to assist vulnerable and marginalized peoples wherever they may be. 

The Benefits of Membership

Why RSS? RSS offers multiple opportunities to interact with others who share your interests in rural places both in the United States and internationally.  We have fourteen Research and Interest Groups. RSS keeps you informed of professional opportunities via our website and monthly eBulletin.  A subscription to our journal Rural Sociology is included with your membership. RSS members receive a discounted registration rate to our Annual Meeting (held late July or August each year).  RSS members take an active part in the program of the annual meeting by submitting posters, papers, panels, and organized sessions. RSS offers leadership opportunities.

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Research and Interest Groups (RIGs)

What are Research and Interest Groups? Research and Interest Groups (RIGs) reflect the substantive interests of RSS Members and serve as an important avenue for connecting members with similar interests.  RIGs serve a critical role in RSS including: identifying, developing, and recruiting for the annual RSS conference; planning special events, speakers, field trips for the annual conference; providing intellectual leadership in their respective areas; rewarding achievement through internal awards and recognitions; and creating opportunities for members, particularly graduate students, to network and identify colleagues with similar interests. 

RSS currently has 14 RIGs. 

More information can be found here