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 2023-2024: Sharon Patricia Holland

Sharon Patricia Holland (she/her) works across the fields of Black, Feminist, Critical Race and Queer Studies. Currently, she is the Townsend Ludington Distinguished Professor in American Studies at the University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill. She has served on almost every genre of committee at ASA, from the International Scholars Committee to the Academic Council and she has been part of the Program committee for two ASA Presidents and the Nominating committee. She is a graduate of Princeton University (1986) and holds a PhD in English and African American Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1992). Read more


President-Elect 2024-2025: Mishuana Goeman

Mishuana Goeman
Dr. Mishuana Goeman, daughter of enrolled Tonawanda Band of Seneca, Hawk Clan, is currently a Professor of Indigenous Studies at the University at Buffalo (on leave from UCLA’s Gender Studies and American Indian Studies). Her monographs include Mark My Words: Native Women Mapping Our Nations (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) and the forthcoming Settler Aesthetics: The Spectacle of Originary Moments in the New World (University of Nebraska Press) in Fall 2023. She is also part of the feminist editorial collective for Keywords in Gender and Sexuality Studies (NYU Press 2021) which won the Choice award in 2021. Read more


Immediate Past President 2022-2023: Shana L. Redmond

Shana L. Redmond (she/her) is a writer and interdisciplinary scholar of race, culture, and power. She is the author of Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora (NYU Press, 2014) and Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson (Duke UP, 2020). She received her combined Ph.D. in African American Studies and American Studies from Yale University, and is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University. Read more




Past Presidents

Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, 2021-2022
Dylan Rodríguez, 2020-2021
Scott Kurashige, 2019-2020
Roderick A. Ferguson, 2018-2019
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