Since 1970, the Southern Demographic Association has hosted an annual meeting each fall, usually in October. The SDA meeting provides a friendly venue for people to present academic and applied demographic research, to discuss and learn about population issues, and to meet others with common interests.

2022 Annual Meeting

The 2022 Southern Demographic Association annual meeting was held October 17-19 in Knoxville, Tennessee, at the Knoxville Crown Plaza.

Click HERE to see the Program

For those interested in US Census Microdata:

  • Census Microdata Access Tool (Booth): Visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s table near the registration desk. experts will be ready to provide live demos, answer questions, and hear your feedback on how to improve the data platform.
  • Census Microdata Access Tool (Workshop): Many users know how to search for pre-made tables on, but did you know you can also use the site to create custom tables? Join a session from 9-10 on Tuesday (same time as Session Period I) to learn how to create custom tables using the U.S. Census Bureau’s Microdata Access Tool (MDAT) on You will learn how to select and define variables, customize your table view, and download the data.

Click here to see the slides for the Census Microdata Access presentation.

Click here to see a video of the Early Days of the SDA Session
(Charles Nam, Cynthia Taeuber, Peter Morrison, Jeffrey Evans, and Dudley Poston)

This session addressed the early days of SDA (known then as SRDG – Southern Regional Demographic Group), including why and how it originated in Oak Ridge in 1970. We also remembered those SRDG/SDA former presidents who are now deceased. The session included on its panel a bunch of old-time members, who will reminisce about the early days of the SRDG.

Luncheon Speakers

Tuesday, October 18th

Jennifer Karas Montez, Syracuse University
States of Life and Death: Policies, Politics, and Population Health

Wednesday, October 19th

Rogelio Saenz, University of Texas at San Antonio
Reflections of Race/Ethnic Variations in COVID-19: A Moving Portrait
(PowerPoint available here)

Meeting Registration and Calendar Year 2023 Membership

Registration for the 2022 SDA meeting is now open.  Click here to register for the meeting.

Fee schedule (Meeting+Membership)

Dates Student Regular
July 1 through Sep 12 (early) $125 $225
Sep 13 - Oct 16 (standard) $140 $250
Oct 17 and later (onsite) $155 $270

The meeting fee includes your 2023 SDA membership. Can't make the meeting? Renew your SDA membership here.

Conference Hotel

The conference hotel is the Crowne Plaza Knoxville Downtown University. Rates are $145-$160 per night depending on type and number of beds.  To obtain the conference rate, call the hotel at (865) 522-2600 and ask for “in house" reservations.  

Call For Papers

Southern Demographic Association

Annual Meeting October 17-19, 2022

Knoxville, Tennessee

We invite submissions of 250-word abstracts for individual research papers and/or posters in applied or academic demography, economics, geography, sociology, public health, psychology, and epidemiology. Also welcome are proposals for thematic sessions or panel discussions.

During the meeting, SDA will announce the 2022 winners of three awards:

  • E. Walter Terrie Award for the best paper presented at the SDA Annual Meeting on an applied topic, especially one relating to state and local demography Send nominations to Jason Devine (
  • Everett S. Lee Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award (1 paper per 1st author). Send nominations to Julia Wolf (
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Paper Award (1 paper per 1st author). Send nominations to Michael Topping (


  • All paper/poster/session submissions must be made by 11:59 pm CDT on Monday, August 8, 2022 at the following link: Submit SDA Abstract Here
  • All paper award submissions must be made by 11:59 pm CDT on Friday, September 16, 2022 to their respective email addresses noted above.
Questions? Contact Kara Joyner, Program Chair ( or see more details at

    Upcoming Events

      • 16 Oct 2024
      • 4:00 PM (EDT)
      • 18 Oct 2024
      • 3:00 PM (EDT)
      • DeSoto Savannah Hotel, 15 Liberty St., Savannah GA

      The 2024 SDA annual meeting will take place from Wednesday, October 16 to Friday, October 18 at the DeSoto Savannah Hotel, 15 Liberty Street, Savannah, GA 31401

      All paper/poster/session submissions must be made by 11:59pm CDT on Monday, July 15, 2024 at the following link: SDA Abstract Submissions.

      About Hotel Registration at Conference Rates

      Cutoff for conference rates is September 24:

      Conference Hotel: The DeSoto, Savannah, GA

      Cutoff date for booking at the discounted conference rate is September 24, 2024:

      • Students and government workers: Contact Jarron Saint Onge of the University of Kansas (, the local arrangements liaison for the conference, to arrange for hotel registration at lower rates for students and government rates for Federal Government Employees.
      • All other registrants: Conference hotel rate is $229 per night. To book at this rate, click this link and follow the directions that are there.

      Luncheon Plenary Sessions

      When you register, you are able to select one (or both, for an additional $25) luncheon plenaries to attend.

      Thursday, October 17th

      To be announced

      Friday, October 18th

                To be announced

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