Welcome to the Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity (AMSS)

A Section of the American Sociological Association

Join us!

Support our section by joining it through your personal account on the ASA website. Membership fee is only $10 for faculty and $5 for students. By joining the Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Section you will become part of a growing network of scholars who share your interests, promoting an active discussion of these topics as essential areas of sociological research. Upon joining, you will be enrolled in our section listserv which will keep you updated about news, job opportunities, calls for papers, and other research and collaboration opportunities.

Thanks to a generous anonymous donation, first-time student memberships are available for free.



Please consider submitting a nomination (yourself or someone else) for one of our section awards! Nomination details here.



We welcome paper submissions for the ASA 2021 annual meeting. Let us help you to showcase your work and gain valuable feedback. Submission details here.

Our Call for Papers for the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association is up!

Details here!


Our ASA Virtual Engagement Event Session

"On Human Nature:

New Approaches in the 21st Century"

is available online at this link


Our Statement and Call to Action

on Diversity and Inclusion by our section council!


Congratulations to the 2020

Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity

Section Award winners!

  • AMSS Distinguished Career Award: Jeffery Alexander, Yale University

  • Distinguished Book: Braun, Robert. 2019. Protectors of Pluralism: Religious Minorities and the Rescue of Jews in the Low Countries during the Holocaust. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Honorable Mention: Adler, Gary J. 2019. Empathy Beyond US Borders: The Challenges of Transnational Civic Engagement. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Honorable Mention: Livne, Roi. 2019. Values at the End of Life: The Logic of Palliative Care. Cambridge, MA.: Harvard University Press.

  • Best Article Award: Barbara Kiviat, “The Moral Limits of Predictive Practices: The Case of Credit-Based Insurance Scores,” American Sociological Review, 84(6):1134-1158, 2019.

  • Honorable Mention: Shai M. Dromi and Samuel D. Stabler, “Good on Paper: Sociological Critique, Pragmatism, and Secularization Theory,” Theory and Society, 48:325-50, 2019.

  • Best Graduate Student Paper: “A Little Help from my Friends? Resolving Moral Tension between Meritocracy and Job-seeking Help,” by Laura Adler and Elena Ayala-Hurtado of Harvard University and Julia Weiss of Heidelberg University

  • Co-Winners: ““I Know How It Feels”: Empathy and Child Maltreatment Non-Reporting Among Low-Income Mothers,” by Kelley Fong, Harvard.


Congratulations to our new section officers!

Chair: David Melamed, Ohio State (2020-2023)

Council Members:

  • Gary Adler, Penn State University (2020-2022)

  • Andrew Miles, University of Toronto (2020-2022)

  • Charles Seguin, Penn State (2020-2022)

Student Representatives

  • Jered Abernathy, University of South Carolina (2020-2022)

  • Michael Rotolo, University of Notre Dame (2020-2021)

  • Nicholas Heiserman, University of South Carolina (2020-2021)


Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity

Recommended Reading List

By surveying the AMSS section to assess their recommendations, Michael Wood (Brigham Young University) compiled a list of essential readings in Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity.

The list is available here! We aim for this to enhance our section's teaching efforts, bond our members together in a shared basis of knowledge, and support our members personally and professionally.

If you have additional readings to suggest, please complete this brief form to expand the list.