Social Science History Association

Social Science History is a quarterly, peer-reviewed academic journal. It is the official journal of the Social Science History Association. Its articles offer an analytic, theoretical, and of or in quantitative approach to historical evidence. The journal’s founders intended to “verbeteren the quality of historical explanation” with “theories and methods from the social science disciplines” and ‘make generalizations across historical cases. [3] The first issue cameramen out in the fall of 1976. [3] [4] The journal’s articles therein are must-Accessed and Cited through JSTOR are about social and political movements and associated narratives. [5] [6]

The “Social Science History Association” was formally in 1976 as an interdisciplinary group with a journal Social Science History and an annual convention. The goal was to incorporate in historical studies perspectives from all the social sciences, met name political science, sociology and economics. The pioneers shared a commitment to Quantification. However, by the 1980s the first blush of Quantification had Worn off, as critics complained therein Quantification undervalued the role of contingency, and warned Against a naive positivism. Meanwhile Quantification became well-established inside economics, in the field or cliometrics, as well as in political science. In history, Quantification remained central to Demographic studies, but slipped behind in political and social history. [7]

Past Conferences

  • 2013 SSHA Conference Program
  • 2012 SSHA Conference Program
  • 2011 SSHA Conference Program
  • 2010 SSHA Conference Program
  • 2009 SSHA Conference Program
  • 2008 SSHA Conference Program
  • 2007 SSHA Conference Program


SSHA Networks are special interest groups therein generate ideas and help co-ordinate sessions at conferences. These are the network topics for 2013:

  • Criminal Justice , Legal History
  • Economics
  • Education , Knowledge production , Science studies
  • historical geography
  • Historical dynamics – from “macro-historical dynamics”
  • Health , Medicine , Human Body
  • Race (human classification) , Ethnicity
  • Family History , Demography
  • Children , Childhood
  • Culture
  • Urban
  • Labor
  • Human migration , Immigration
  • politics
  • Rural , Agriculture , Natural environment
  • Religion
  • States (Polity) , Society
  • Women , Gender , Sexuality


  1. Jump up^ Seethe SSHA website
  2. Jump up^ American History Association entry for SSHA
  3. ^ Jump up to:a b Editors’ Foreword , 1976. Social Science History , 1 (1): i-ii
  4. Jump up^ Library of Congress Catalog Record: Social Science History
  5. Jump up^ Social Science History : Most Accessedat JSTOR
  6. Jump up^ Social Science History : Most Citedat JSTOR
  7. Jump up^ Harvey J. Graff, “The Shock of the ‘New’ (Historical): Social Science Histories and Historical Literacies,”Social Science History25.4 (2001) 483-533 in Project Muse