SOCIAL MOMENTS: A Student Journal of Social Relations is a free, online, interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal examining the social and cultural world through a social science lens. All graduate and undergraduate students of the social sciences are invited to submit articles for publication.

Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to: sociology, criminology, criminal justice, women/gender studies, sexuality, political science, social psychology, cultural/social anthropology, and cultural/social geography.

Articles will be published as accepted.


Research Articles

Traditional articles/papers that advance the field and/or discuss relevant empirical research. Articles submitted by graduate students will be given priority. Articles co-authored with faculty will be considered but will not be given priority. If an article is co-authored with a faculty member, the student must be the lead author. Articles should be approximately 5,000 words in length and must follow APA formatting (no running head). The word count does not include the list of references. Articles must be polished and appropriate for publication. Submissions cannot be under review or published elsewhere. All articles must be written in Standard American English.

Book Reviews

Book reviews discuss a recent academic text as reviewed (primarily) by a graduate or undergraduate student. Student authors can make use of other works to constructively critique the text. This form of publication must adhere to the appropriate standards for style and presentation and is expected to be no more than 3,000 words (excluding a list of references). Articles must be polished and appropriate for publication.


Perspective pieces are scholarly reviews of fundamental concepts or prevalent ideas in a field. These are usually essays that present a personal point of view critiquing widespread notions pertaining to a field.


This journal is dedicated to Simon Cruz (1961-2004):

poet, husband, brother...treasured friend.

Please celebrate his life with us.