This website is devoted to making the history of

the Rural Sociological Society and rural sociology more accessible.


Additions and suggestions are always welcome!








RSS Presidents

who also Served as President

of other Professional Associations


(Dates in parentheses refer RSS presidential term)



Over the years, many rural sociologists have served as president of professional associations other than the Rural Sociological Society. 

The list below does not capture all of these, but it is a list of those who were also president of the RSS.  



If you know of other societies or other presidents that need to be included,

please send them to the RSS Historian





American Sociological Association

1942    Dwight Sanderson (1938-1939)

1946    Carl C. Taylor (1939-1940)

1967    Charles P. Loomis (1947-1948)

1971    William H. Sewell (1954-1955)


Population Association of America

1954-1955       Margaret Jarman Hagood (1955-1956)

1960-1961       C. Horace Hamilton (1949-1950)

2010-2011       Daniel Lichter (2010-2011)


American Country Life Association

1935    Carl C. Taylor (1939-1940)

1938    Dwight Sanderson (1938-1939)





Southern Sociological Society

1945    Howard Beers (1951-1952)

1947    T. Lynn Smith (1941-1942)

1956    Irwin T. Sanders (1956-1957)

1958    C. Horace Hamilton (1949-1950)

1959    Harold Kaufman (1961-1962)

1963    Alvin Bertrand (1967-1968)

1977    Tom Ford (1972-1973)

2007    Ron Wimberley (1991-1992)


Midwest Sociological Society

1953-1954       William H. Sewell (1954-1955)

1964-1965       Robert L. McNamara (1966-1967)


Eastern Sociological Society

1949 -1950      Nathan L. Whetten (1953-1954)


North Central Sociological Association

1940 - 1941     Charles R. Hoffer (1959-1960)


Southern Rural Sociological Association

1983-1984       Ron Wimberley (1991-1992)

1986-1987       Lionel “Bo” Beaulieu (2003-2004)



Most organizations only list past presidents on their websites.  The Pacific Sociological Association (PSA) lists all past officers.  While the PSA and the RSS do not have any presidents in common, Paul Landis (RSS President 1945-1946) served as Secretary-Treasurer of the PSA from 1938-1942.







Please send suggestions, ideas, or changes to:


Julie N. Zimmerman

RSS Historian

Professor, Rural Sociology

Dept. of Community and Leadership Development, University of Kentucky


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