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Great Plains Sociological Association (GPSA)

The Great Plains Sociological Association Annual Conference

October 17 (Wed.) - 19 (Fri.), 2018

Plan to join us October 17th (Wednesday) through 19th (Friday) in Aberdeen, South Dakota, on the campus of Northern State University for the Great Plains Sociological Association 2018 annual conference. The GPSA’s annual conference is a great opportunity for academics in the social sciences and humanities as well as practicing professionals to network and share their scholarly work, ideas and interests, as well as recent accomplishments. The annual conference also gives graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to present their work in a supportive yet professional academic setting.

In an attempt to broaden the scope of the conference and welcome colleagues in related fields, the theme of the 2018 annual conference is “In Defense of Scientific Gobbledygook.”

All official conference activities will take place on the campus of Northern State University. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Express off of US 12 in Aberdeen, just two miles east of campus. Reservation information is provided on the conference registration form.

Call for Papers

Paper sessions featuring both completed research and projects in progress are the mainstays of the GPSA annual conference. Thematic panel submissions and roundtable proposals are encouraged, and workshops, especially those relating to either teaching or methods of research/inquiry will be welcomed. In an effort to broaden the reach of GPSA, interested scholars from related fields are highly encouraged to submit proposals.

Proposal for papers, thematic panels, and workshops must include a title, abstract, and contact information for all authors. This information must be submitted by Monday, October 5th, 2018 to Dr. Kristi Brownfield, the 2018 Event Coordinator, via email at

2018 Conference Schedule

Wednesday, October 17th

Plenary Session – Dr. Steven Usitalo “Racial Science and the Roma”
5:00PM, Lincoln Gallery

Thursday, October 18th

Panels, Roundtables, and Poster Sessions
Morning and Afternoon, Northern State University Student Center

Keynote Address – Dr. Sam Cordes “TBD”
5:00PM, Lincoln Gallery

Friday, October 19th

Workshops, Northern State University Student Center


Student Paper and Poster Competitions

Each year, the GPSA sponsors student paper (undergraduate and graduate) and poster (undergraduate) competitions. Student papers and posters must be sponsored by a faculty member who is also a current member of the GPSA, and can focus on any topic related to the field of sociology. For specific information, please follow the guidelines for the 2018 competition.


The Great Plains Sociologist

The Great Plains Sociologist is the official publication of the GPSA. Submissions from faculty and students are welcome. Submissions related to work presented at the GPSA annual meeting are especially encouraged. Please submit manuscripts for consideration to The Great Plains Sociologist editor, Dr. Laura Colmenero-Chilberg (


Current GPSA Officers

Past President: Dr. Krista Lynn Minnotte, University of North Dakota ( President: Dr. Courtney Waid-Lindberg, Northern State University (

Secretary-Treasurer: Dr. Cindy Aamlid, Southwest Minnesota State University ( Secretary‐Treasurer: Dr. Andrew Kubas, University of Minnesota (

2018 Event Coordinator: Dr. Kristi Brownfield, Northern State University (


2018 GPSA Committees


Trenton Ellis

Andrew Kubas


Liz Legerski

Kristi Brownfield

Faculty Honors/Awards

Gina Aalgaard Kelly

Patricia Ahmed


Kristi Brownfield

Trenton Ellis


Laura Colmenero-Chilberg

Daphne Pedersen

Kristi Brownfield

Student Paper/Posters

Patricia Ahmed

Liz Legersi

Cindy Aamlid


Gina Aalgaard Kelly

Mary Emery

Gary Goreham

Student Advisory Committee

Patrica Ahmed

Editorial Board

Gina Aalgaard Kelly

Laura Comenero-Chilberg

Courtney Waid-Lindberg

Andrew Kubas

* To be amended to include a third (non-executive) person

The Association annually releases The Great Plains Sociologist, the official publication of GPSA. Submissions from faculty and students are welcome. Please submit articles for The Great Plains Sociologist online to the editor, Laura Chilberg, BHSU.

Links to digital copies of prior Great Plains Sociologist volumes, sorted by year of release, will be posted below as soon as proper formatting is verified.