New Issue - JRAS 6.2! November 2022!


The Editorial Board of the Journal of Russian American Studies (JRAS) is excited to announce the publication of the November 2022 issue.  This completes the sixth year of the journal! 


In this issue, readers will find three interesting articles that explore different avenues of Russian-American relations.  First, Larry Holmes examines the lives of Willard and Helen Edwards.  Alabamans who had worked at a progressive school in Fairhope before venturing to the Soviet Union in the 1930s.  The couple and their children experienced all aspects of this tumultuous time in Stalin’s Soviet Union.  The second article, by Maria Garth, explores some unexamined photographs by the well-known traveler to Russia, George Kennan.  These photographs reveal some new angles on the lives of prisoners, Russian revolutionaries, and the Russian-American relations.  The last article is by Igor Tarbeev and it examines the view of America by the Soviets during the Brezhnev era through the lens of Edward Said’s “Orientalization” theory.  It is an innovative article that offers a new way to view the “other” in the ongoing discussion of Russian-American relations. 


You will also find five book reviews of some of the most recent literature on Russian-American relations as well as a Field Notes section that highlights three critical areas.  East-West Connections is offering a series of new events that can be found on its website.  The Southern Conference on Slavic Studies is organizing for a Spring meeting in Florida so be sure to take a look!  Lastly, this section highlights about a dozen panels that were held virtually in October (recordings should be available) and will be held in November at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Convention in Chicago that are related to Russian-American relations. 


We are always interested in seeking manuscript contributions, so please feel free to contact us. 


We are always looking for manuscript reviewers, books to review, and book reviewers. 


As usual, we are grateful to the staff at the University of Kansas Libraries for hosting our journal.  We are especially grateful to Marianne Reed and Eric Bader for all of their work.  A special thank you for the cover art again to Benjamin Farrow as well!


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Thank you,

The Editors

Journal of Russian American Studies (JRAS)