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“The GSSA is a crucial source of cultural capital.” –Pierre Bourdieu

“Reinventing the public sphere–right on, man.” –Jürgen Habermas

“Totally not what I meant by ‘class consciousness.’ But this is cool too.” –Karl Marx


Welcome to the website of George Mason University’s Graduate Student Sociological Association.

The GSSA is committed to encouraging a social and academic community among students in GMU’s sociology graduate programs. Interests and activities include:

  • Organizing events ranging from informal social gatherings and brown bag seminars to panels and conferences.
  • Publishing In The Field, a joint newsletter with the Public Sociology Association stuffed with articles, reflections, book reviews, news, student accomplishments, and more.
  • Encouraging professional development through engagement with GMU faculty, D.C.-area scholars, and professional organizations.
  • Facilitating the formation of student groups with diverse goals, from preparing for comps to playing intramural sports.
  • Engaging the promise of public sociology through discussion, our academic work, and projects in our communities.
  • Reaching beyond artificial disciplinary barriers to spread sociology outside the classroom and incorporate other humanities and social sciences into our social inquiries.

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