Western Society of Criminology


Join us for the 47th
annual conference of the WSC
in Phoenix, Arizona

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 General Information:

Dates: Thursday, February 6, 2020 through Saturday, February 8, 2020
Hotel: The Camby, A Marriott Autograph Collection

2401 E Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Room Rate: $The 199 per night room rate is now sold out!  Rooms may still be available at $249 per night, plus taxes and fees. Use this link to book a room at this special rate.

Register: Presenters — All conference presenters were required to preregister and prepay the nonrefundable conference fees no later than Monday, January 6, 2020.  Those who do not register and pay their conference fees by that deadline will have their papers/presentations/posters removed from the conference program.
Presenters: The Abstract Submission System is now closed. The deadline to submit abstracts was Friday, October 4, 2019.

A REVISED draft of the Preliminary Program can be accessed by pressing here.  Please be sure not make travel plans based on the times during which you are preliminarily scheduled to present because all assignments are subject to change!  All presenters should plan to arrive on Thursday, February 6th and plan to remain at the conference until the late afternoon on Saturday, February 8th.

Please be advised that submission of an abstract indicates the submitter’s availability to present the paper at the conference.  Absent medical or religious necessity, requests for particular time slots on particular days cannot be honored. Please direct all inquiries about the conference and the program to the program chairs at ConferenceChair@westerncriminology.org.

Conference Participants, please note the following:

1. Panel chairs are responsible for bringing laptops for other panelists to use during their presentations. People who use Apple computers (Macs) should bring dongles that allow them to connect to projectors via both a VGA cable and an HDMI cable.

2. Internet connections are not available to presenters during conference breakout sessions. Accordingly, attendees should not prepare presentations using Prezi or similar internet-based presentation software.  Rather, presenters are encouraged to store all of the files they may need on a laptop or portable hard drive.

3. If you have any questions concerning payments, please email Secretary-Treasurer@westerncriminology.org. All other questions concerning the conference should be directed to the conference program chairs at ConferenceChair@westerncriminology.org.

Conference Fees:

Conference registration entitles one to attend all conference sessions, receive one copy of the program, and participate in various hosted food events (typically an opening event with hors d’oeuvres, coffee and cookie breaks, a luncheon, and a closing brunch). Conference registration fees are nonrefundable.

The cost of participating in the annual WSC conference varies depending on membership status:

  • Regular Members — Faculty and justice professionals who are members of the WSC pay $195 to participate in the annual conference (a $190 base-rate, plus a $5 Pay Pal processing fee).


  • Student Members — Students who wish to participate in the annual WSC conference pay $160 (a $155 base-rate, plus a $5 Pay Pal processing fee). Please note that this fee includes a one-year student membership in the WSC. Thus, students attending the conference should not pay the $35 student membership fee.


  • Non-Members — People who are not members of the WSC but who wish to participate in the society’s annual conference pay $275 (a $270 base-rate, plus a $5 Pay Pal processing fee).


  • Late Fees — The prices listed above apply to advance conference registrations. An additional $25 will be added to the cost for anyone registering within 30 days of the start if the conference (including those who register on-site, which is strongly discouraged since we cannot guarantee late registrants food, printed programs, and other amenities). Thus, late registration for regular members costs $220; late registration for students costs $155; and late registration for non-members costs $300.

Since catering costs account for more than 90% of the the annual conference fees, and last-minute changes to catering counts can dramatically alter the society’s costs to host meals, on-site registration is not permitted. We therefore require all conference presenters to register roughly one month in advance of the conference to help keep costs to a minimum.

Please note: Conference registration fees do not include wireless access to the Internet in breakout rooms or in conference meeting sessions.

 Future Conferences

  • 2021: Vancouver, BC — February 4th to 6th at The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
  • 2022: Honolulu, HI — February 3rd to 5th at The Sheraton Waikiki Beach

Our Sister Organization, the American Society of Criminology

The WSC was originally established a regional subdivision of the American Society of Criminology (ASC).  Although we are now fully independent, the ASC remains our close working partner.  The ASC is an international organization whose members pursue scholarly, scientific, and professional knowledge concerning the measurement, etiology, consequences, prevention, control, and treatment of crime and delinquency.  If you are not already a member, we encourage you to join!

Consent to be Photographed

By signing up to attend and participate in the WSC’s annual conference, you consent to having your photo taken by WSC personnel and guests.  Such images may be posted on our Facebook page or Twitter feed.  However, no one may make audio or video recordings during panel sessions without the explicit written consent of the presenters.