The Role of President

The president of the American Studies Association is elected to a three-year commitment by the voting members of the association. After an initial year as president-elect with participation in the Executive Committee, the president serves a one-year term. The president presides over meetings of the National Council, the Executive Committee, and the association. The president also formulates policies and projects for presentation to the Council and to fulfill the vision and goals of the association. A one-year term as past president completes the three-year commitment.

Current President: Robert Warrior, 2016-2017 

President 2016-2017 Robert Warrior

Robert Warrior is Hall Distingushed Professor of American literature and culture at the University of Kansas. An enrolled member of the Osage Nation, he is the author of The People and the Word: Reading Native Nonfiction, co-author of American Indian Literary Nationalism, part of the Native Critics Collective that published Reasoning Together, co-author of Like a Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee (with Paul Chaat Smith) and Tribal Secrets: Recovering American Indian Intellectual Traditions. He has recently published an edited volume, The World of Indigenous North America (Routledge), edits the NAIS (the journal of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association), and edits a book series, Indigenous Americas for the University of Minnesota Press.  Read More


President-Elect: Kandice Chuh, 2017-2018

Kandice Chuh 2017-2018 ASA President
Kandice Chuh is a professor of English and American studies at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, where she is also appointed to the faculty of the M.A. in Liberal Studies program. She was hired at the Graduate Center as a core member of the Mellon Interdisciplinarity Committee on Globalization and Social Change, and this year is a faculty fellow in the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics.  Chuh is also the coordinator for the Graduate Center’s American Studies Certificate Program, and was one of the principal organizers of the Revolutionizing American Studies initiative launched at the Graduate Center in 2011.  Read More


Past Presidents

David Roediger, 2015-2016
Lisa Duggan, 2014-2015
Curtis Marez, 2013-2014
Matthew Frye Jacobson, 2012-2013
Priscilla Wald, 2011-2012
Ruth Wilson Gilmore, 2010-2011
Kevin K. Gaines, 2009-2010
Philip J. Deloria, 2008-2009
Vicki L. Ruiz, 2007-2008
Emory Elliott, 2006-2007
Karen Halttunen, 2005-2006
Shelley Fisher Fishkin, 2004-2005
Amy Kaplan, 2003-2004
Stephen H. Sumida, 2002-2003
George Sanchez, 2001-2002
Michael Frisch, 2000-2001
Mary C. Kelley, 1999-2000
Janice Radway, 1998-1999
Mary Helen Washington, 1997-1998
Patricia Nelson Limerick, 1996-1997
Elaine Tyler May, 1995-1996
Paul Lauter, 1994-1995
Cathy N. Davidson, 1993-1994
Cecelia Tichi, 1992-1993
Alice Kessler-Harris, 1991-1992
Martha Banta, 1990-1991
Allen F. Davis, 1989-1990
Linda K. Kerber, 1988-1989
Lois W. Banner, 1986-1987
Michael Cowan, 1984-1985
Sacvan Bercovitch, 1982-1983
Robert F. Berkhofer, Jr., 1980-1981
Wilcomb E. Washburn, 1978-1979
Leo Marx, 1976-1977
William H. Goetzmann, 1974-1975
Daniel Aaron, 1972-1973
Robert H. Walker, 1970-1971
Daniel J. Boorstin, 1969
Norman Holmes Pearson, 1968
John Hope Franklin, 1967
Russel Blaine Nye, 1965-1966
Ralph Henry Gabriel, 1963-1964
William Charvat, 1962
Ray Allen Billington, 1960-1961
Willard Thorp, 1958-1959
George Rogers Taylor, 1956-1957
Robert E. Spiller, 1954-1955
Charles Barker, 1953
Carl Bode, 1951-1952