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.

President 2019-2020: Scott Kurashige, 2019-2020

Scott Kurashige, 2019-2020 ASA President
Scott Kurashige is Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and Senior Advisor for Faculty Diversity and Initiatives to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Washington Bothell. He was a faculty member in American Culture, History, and Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies at the University of Michigan from 2000 to 2014. In 2010, he was a visiting professor at the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute in Shanghai, China. He was a member of the ASA’s 2010 delegation to Japan and currently serves on the editorial board of the UK-based Journal of American Studies. He is an active public scholar with a record of engagement in urban community organizing, especially among Black and Asian American communities in Detroit and Los Angeles.  Read More


President 2018-2019: Roderick A. Ferguson

Roderick A. Ferguson
Roderick A. Ferguson is faculty in the Department of African American Studies and the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the co-director of the Racialized Body research cluster at UIC. Prior to his appointment at UIC, he was professor of race and critical theory in the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, serving as chair of the department from 2009 to 2012. In the fall of 2013, he was the Old Dominion Visiting Faculty for the Council of the Humanities and the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University. Read More

Past Presidents

Kandice Chuh, 2017-2018
Robert Warrior, 2016-2017
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