Welcome to the PSA

The Public Sociology Association (PSA) is an academic and political community formed by sociology graduate students at George Mason University.

Mason’s unique sociology PhD program concentrates on public sociology, a field of sociological practice that seeks to apply scholarly knowledge in the pursuit of progressive social change.

It is the mission of the PSA to first and foremost engage our knowledge of agency and structure in the everyday experiences of those that are faced with disadvantages that limit their life chances.

Members of the PSA are committed to the tenants of equality and social justice in the face of vast social problems. While no solution is short of its own complexity, we are committed to utilizing the methodological tools and theoretical skills that sociology provides us to better understand the social world while striving to change it in an open and democratic manner.

Members of the PSA are “political” by practice in their sociology and in their manner of engaging with various publics. We make our stances known when discussing various issues, and we do not shy away from them.

We value the uniqueness that other disciplines and individuals beyond sociology bring to the table and encourage interdisciplinary collaborations in the pursuit of critical knowledge about social issues. Although our methods are inclined to steer us as best they can towards objective conclusions and answers, the PSA recognizes the political stances that surround social problems and the rights of people to have those stances.

If you would like to get involved, please visit our GetConnected page to join the organization, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. We also welcome opportunities to collaborate with organizations and individuals, both on campus and beyond, whose goals and projects align with those of the PSA. If you are interested in working with the PSA, or if you would like more information, please visit our contact page to reach out to us.