Who We Are

The Semiotic Society of America (SSA) is the leading semiotics organization in North America. We are a transdisciplinary professional organization serving a diverse community of scholars with common interests in the study of signs and sign systems. Founded in 1975/1976, the Society has supported innovative scholarship linking analytical and critical approaches to the transmodern world. Sign theories are relevant to the sciences, social sciences, and humanities alike – applying to disciplines as diverse as anthropology, biology, cognitive science, communication, cybernetics, fine arts, law, literary criticism, linguistics, marketing, media studies, mathematics, pedagogy, philosophy, religion, and technology.

The SSA is responsible for the publication of The American Journal of Semiotics and hosts an Annual Meeting featuring the latest research in the field of semiotics. Proceedings from the SSA Annual Meeting are published in the SSA Yearbook series. Additionally, the SSA features two awards, the Sebeok Fellow Award for outstanding contributions to the field of semiotics and the Roberta Kevelson Award for best student paper submitted at the SSA Annual Meeting.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

President
Deborah Eicher-Catt
The Pennsylvania State 
University-York

Vice-President/President-Elect
Farouk Y. Seif 
Antioch University Seattle, Washington

Immediate Past President
Debbie Smith-Shank
The Ohio State University

Executive Director
Javier Clavere
Berea College

Executive Director Advisor
Farouk Y. Seif 
Antioch University Seattle, Washington

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ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS

Priscila Borges (2020)
University of Brasília, Brazil

Jamin Pelkey (2020)
Ryerson University, Canada

Michael Raposa (2019)
Lehigh University, Pennsylvania

Dora Ivonne Alvarez-Tamayo (2019)
UPAEP, Mexico

Baranna Baker (2018)
Independent Scholar, Oregon 

Richard L. Lanigan (2018)
International Communicology Institute, W DC

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NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Stéphanie Walsh Matthews, Chair (2018)
Ryerson University, Canada

Michael Raposa (2019)
Purdue University, Indiana

Gila Safran Naveh (2020)
University of Cincinnati

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2018 PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Farouk Y. Seif (Chair)
Antioch University Seattle, Washington

Dora Ivonne Alvarez-Tamayo
UPAEP, Mexico

Baranna Baker
Independent Scholar, Oregon 

Priscila Borges
University of Brasília, Brazil

Deborah Eicher-Catt
The Pennsylvania State University-York

Jamin Pelkey
Ryerson University, Canada

Steven Skaggs 
University of Louisville

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THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SEMIOTICS

Editor-in-Chief
André De Tienne

IUPUI Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Managing Editor
Christopher Morrissey
Trinity Western University, BC, Canada

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SSA YEARBOOK

Editor
Jamin Pelkey
Ryerson University, Ontario

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SEBEOK FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE

Susan Petrilli (Chair)
(2009 to 2017)

2005 Sebeok Fellow
University of Bari, Italy

Paul Cobley
(2014 to 2022)

2014 Sebeok Fellow
University of Middlesex, United Kingdom

Richard L. Lanigan
(2014 to 2018)
International Communicology Institute

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PRESIDENTS OF THE SEMIOTIC SOCIETY OF AMERICA

Debbie Smith-Shank (2017)

Ted J. Baenziger (2016)
Marcel Danesi (2015)
Elliot Gaines (2014)
André De Tienne (2013)
Isaac Catt (2012)
Frank Nuessel (2011)
John Coletta (2010)
Thomas F. Broden (2009)
Robert Hatten (2008)
Nathan Houser (2007)
Joseph Brent (2006)
C. W. Spinks (2005)
C. W. Spinks (2004)
Vincent Colapietro (2003)
Paul Perron (2002)
John Deely (2001)
William Pencak (2000)
Floyd Merrell (1999)
Jean Umiker-Sebeok (1998)
Myrdene Anderson (1997)
Roberta Kevelson (1996)
Eugen Baer (1995)
Richard L. Lanigan (1994)
Michael Shapiro (David Savan*) (1993)
Nancy Armstrong (1992)
Linda Waugh (1991)
Robert Scholes (1990)
Bennetta Jules-Rosette (1989)
Jonathan Culler (1988)
Naomi S. Baron (1987)
Michael Riffaterre (1986)
Donald Preziosi (1985)
Thomas A. Sebeok (1984)
Irmengard Rauch (1983)
Harley C. Shands* (1982)
Richard Bauman (1981)
Allen Walker Read (1980)
Max H. Fisch (1979)
Thomas G. Winner (1978)
Eugen Baer (1977)
Henry Hiz (1976)

* Harley C. Shands passed away while in office; David Savan passed away before taking office.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS OF THE SEMIOTIC SOCIETY OF AMERICA

Javier Clavere (2016–Present)

Farouk Y. Seif (2014–2017)

Elvira Katic (2012–2014)

Terry Prewitt (?–2012)