Roosevelt University sociology Prof. Heather Dalmage was elected president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) for 2019-20. Dalmage was sworn in as president-elect for 2018-19 at the conclusion of the organization’s annual conference in Philadelphia in August. Her term as president commences in 2019.
The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) is an interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, advocates and students who apply critical, scientific and humanistic perspectives to the study of social problems. The organization encourages problem-centered social research to formulate social policies and to foster higher quality of life and social welfare. The SSSP also supports graduate students, young scholars and activists by providing professional support and leadership opportunities to foster the next generation of new ideas.
There is an interesting relationship between Roosevelt University and the SSSP. The organization was founded at the then-Roosevelt College on September 6, 1951 by Roosevelt Prof. Arthur Hillman and 21 faculty representing colleges and universities around the nation. “The mission of the SSSP intersects beautifully with Roosevelt’s own mission, as demonstrated by its founding history – and I am thrilled that Professor Heather Dalmage has been elected as SSSP President,” said Prof. Bonnie Gunzenhauser, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Heather has provided significant social justice leadership at Roosevelt, and she has influenced a generation of students to incorporate this work into their own lives and vocations. This leadership role is a perfect fit, and I’m proud to have Prof. Dalmage at the helm of the SSSP.”
Heather Dalmage is a scholar of race and is the author of numerous scholarly articles and books, including Vanishing Eden: White Construction of Memory, Meaning, and Identity in a Racially-Changing City (Temple University Press, 2016), co-authored with Roosevelt Prof. Mike Maly and Tripping on the Color Line: Black-White Families in a Racially Divided World. She is a former Fulbright Scholar to South Africa and the recipient of the 2018 Doris Wilkinson Award for Faculty Leadership. Dalmage is also the director of Roosevelt’s Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation.