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69th Annual

PSS Conference

Engaged Pedagogy through a Sociological Lens

October 11-12, 2019

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, Pa.


  • Undergraduate paper competition

  • Undergraduate poster competition

  • Graduate paper competition

  • Star Power simulation

  • Panels on publishing in Sociological Viewpoints and Teaching Sociology

Featured Workshop: Accessing Census Data:  A Review and a Preview


The U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey collects and provides social, economic and housing data from a very large sample of 3.54 million housing units and group quarters each year.  The primary method for accessing this data has been through the "American Factfinder" data tool.  However, this tool is currently being phased out and is being replaced by a new data tool with enhanced ease and potential "" Joe Quartullo, from the United States Census Bureau, will lead this hands on workshop which will allow students, faculty, and researchers an opportunity to review the abilities of "American Factfinder" and to preview the potential of ""  Learning to use the new data tool is especially important now as the most current ACS data (2018) will only be available in the new platform.  Bring your laptop as we work together with some hands-on examples with both data tools.  We are all beginners with the new tool; no previous work with census data is required for the preview. 

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Keynote speaker:  Dr Hugo Ceron-Anaya

Hugo Cerón-Anaya is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Lehigh University. His work focuses on social hierarchies, inequalities, and privilege, examining how class, race, and gender inform the behavior and perceptions of affluent people. He is particularly interested in the wide array of ordinary and everyday practices that reproduce privilege. He is the author of Privilege at Play: Class, Race, Gender and Golf in Mexico, Oxford University Press, 2019.

“Why Shall Sociologists Study the Privileged?”


Sociologists have a relatively nuanced understanding of the tastes, pastimes, consumption practices, socialization patterns, educational aspirations, perceptions of gender, notions of violence, and racial ideas of the lower classes but a very shallow understanding of the corresponding attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors among upper-middle and upper classes. The limited understanding social scientists and policymakers have about these groups might have inadvertently let them benefit greatly under today’s capitalist system. This talk will offer a reflection of what I have learned by studying the upper-middle and upper classes in Mexico and what are the implications of this knowledge for the United States.

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