Prabha Unnithan Named New President of Western Social Science Association
Sociology | April 30, 2014
N. Prabha Unnithan, professor of Sociology at CSU, became president of the Western Social Science Association at the group’s annual conference in Albuquerque.
Unnithan, who serves as director of CSU’s Center for the Study of Crime and Justice, will oversee WSSA for the coming year. He takes over from CSU alumnus Les Alm (Ph.D. Political Science ’88), who is a distinguished professor of public administration at Boise State University.
WSSA was founded in 1958 with a mission to foster professional study, advance research and promote the teaching of social science.Its 850 members hail from throughout the western United States, Canada and Mexico.
Expanding organization’s reach
Unnithan, a Malaysian native who has been on CSU’s faculty since 1987, is an expert on violence, corrections and other criminology subjects. He hopes to expand WSSA’s reach and include more undergraduate and graduate students in the organization.
“We have always had good participation from Canada and Mexico, and now we have more Association of Borderlands Studies members from Europe and Asia and scholars from other Latin American countries participating,” he said. “WSSA is also co-sponsoring an International Conference on Behavioral & Social Science Research in Malaysia as a way of expanding the socials sciences in a developing country and region. Since I was born and raised in Malaysia (to parents who migrated from India), this is particularly gratifying to me as the organizers invited me to work with them to plan the conference in August, 2014.”