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May 2015

Southeastern Professor Elected President of Social Science Organization

Southeastern's Dr. Glenn Melancon.

Dr. Glenn Melancon has been elected to lead the SSSA.

Glenn Melancon, professor of history and chair of the department of social sciences at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, has been elected to serve as president of the Southwestern Social Science Association (SSSA).

SSSA is the largest and oldest interdisciplinary social science organization in the United States.

Melancon, a long-time SSSA member and former vice president of the organization, has 20 years of experience in the field of social science and education.

"Our theme for this coming year is Social Sciences and Public Conversations," Melancon said. “SSSA members have a wealth of scholarship on a broad range of public concerns. We hope to put that research to good use for our communities."

Melancon’s presidency will last until spring of next year, when he will preside over the SSSA’s annual meeting. It will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is expected to draw social scientists from across the country to present and discuss their research.

The SSSA was founded in 1919 to promote, cultivate and correlate the various areas of the social sciences and their applications. The association serves as the umbrella organization for seven academic and professional affiliate associations in the fields of economics, history, international studies, political science, social work, sociology, and women's and gender studies.

Melancon is a Professor of Modern European History. He joined Southeastern in 1995 after earning a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. He is the author of Britain’s China Policy and the Opium Crisis: Balancing Drugs, Violence and National Honour,1833-1840 (2003).

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