Annual Conference

In light of ongoing uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the SESP Executive Board has decided to cancel the 2020 meeting originally scheduled in Madison, WI, from October 15-17. The SESP membership is scheduled to meet again in Santa Barbara, CA, on October 7-9, 2021. Announcements regarding this meeting will be forthcoming in Spring 2021.

2020 Award Winners

The Executive Committee is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2020 SESP awards. These individuals will be recognized at a special session during the 2021 meeting.

Distinguished Scientists Awards

Brenda Major (UCSB) and Jim Sidanius (Harvard University) were selected to receive the SESP's Distinguished Scientist Award.

Scientific Impact Award

Marilyn Brewer and Wendi Gardner's 1996 JPSP paper, "Who is this 'We'? Levels of collective identity and self-representations," was recognized with the SESP Scientific Impact Award. 

Career Trajectory Award

Wendy Berry Mendes was selected to receive the SESP Career Trajectory Award.

Dissertation Award

David Melnikoff (Yale University, advisor: John Bargh) is the winner of the SESP 2020 Dissertation Award. 

Sarah Lamer (University of Denver, advisor: Max Weisbuch) and Laura Wallace (The Ohio State University, advisor: Duane Wegener) were finalists for the award.

We congratulation these honorees and look forward to hearing from them in Santa Barbara next fall!


Looking ahead:  We are seeking future sites for SESP -- if you are interested in hosting in 2023 or beyond, please email Steve Stroessner at

Looking back: A history of SESP conference locations