American Studies

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Vol. 61 No. 1 (2022)
Published May 9, 2022

American Studies (AMSJ) is a quarterly interdisciplinary journal sponsored by the Mid-America American Studies Association, the University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of American Studies, and KU Libraries. American Studies (AMSJ) first appeared in 1959, and has 1,000 current subscribers. In 2005 it merged with American Studies International (ASI), and welcomes submissions with an international perspective. ASI, a journal for American Studies scholars outside the U.S., was published by the American Studies Department at George Washington University for over forty years. Beginning with Vol. 45 (2004), ASI ceased publication as an independent journal, and merged with AMSJ, with the agreement that AMSJ would devote at least one issue a year (or the equivalent) to transnational American Studies scholarship, international American Studies authors, and would maintain a significant showing of scholars outside the U.S. on its editorial board. The “On Teaching” forum, now on the AMSJ blog, originated as an ASI feature.

With an editorial board from a number of areas of study, the journal offers provocative perspectives on a variety of issues. Frequent special sections and special issues create a space for a broad discussion on a single topic. Articles on pedagogy inform the American Studies classroom. The book review section aims at keeping readers conversant with contemporary scholarship. This electronic edition provides free access to the back issues of the journal. The most recent three years are available via print subscription only.


Register Now for "Our Shared Planet" Webinar November 30, 2021, 1-2:30 Central Time (2-3:30 Eastern; 11-12:30 Pacific)

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Webinar celebrating the launch "Our Shared Planet" Special Double Issue of AMSJ, with Guest Editors Hee-Jung S. Joo, Pacharee Sudinaraset, Walidah Imarisha, Michelle Yates, and Timo Muller, and AMSJ Editors Randal M. Jelks and Sherrie Tucker

Register now! Virtual webinar: November 30, 1-2:30 pm Central time (2-3:30 Eastern; 11-12:30 Pacific), for the webinar with the four guest editors of the forthcoming special double issue, “Our Shared Planet” (60 3/4 2021).

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November 16, 2021

Emily Lutenski's article wins Don D. Walker Prize!

Congratulations to Dr. Emily Lutenski who was awarded the Don D. Walker Prize by the Western Literature Association,for her essay, “Dickens Disappeared: Black Los Angeles and the Borderlands of Racial Memory,” published in the special issue, “New Directions in Black Western Studies” in American Studies 58.3 (2019). 


April 13, 2021
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