American Studies

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Vol. 62 No. 3 (2023)
Published October 16, 2023

American Studies (AMSJ) is a quarterly interdisciplinary journal sponsored by the Mid-America American Studies Association; the KU Office for Research; The College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota; the Center for Race, Indigeneity, Disability, Gender and Sexuality Studies (RIDGS), University of Minnesota; the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Kansas; University of Kansas Libraries; and the Departments of American Studies at University of Kansas and University of Minnesota. 

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.


Call for Proposals for Special Issue 2024: Responding to Dobbs: The Reproductive Justice Issue

Responding to Dobbs: The Reproductive Justice Issue
Guest Editors: Jennifer Nelson and Felicity M. Turner

Read more below for details regarding this important issue. Interested contributors are asked to submit a 500-word abstract and a brief biography (250 words) no later than June 15 2023 for consideration. All submissions should be emailed to


April 27, 2023

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). 


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