August 31, 2018 – The American Studies Association is pleased to announce recipients for the 2018-2019 Community Partnership Grants and Regional Chapter Grants.

Every year, the Executive Committee for the association decides on grant submissions as part of its summer business meeting. This year, the Executive Committee designated more than $20,000 across the association’s two long-standing grant programs.

“This was the largest yearly allocation since the two programs were established – which speaks to both the quality of the submissions and the commitment of our leadership to provide financial backing where many may be experiencing a withdrawal of support in their own professional or institutional contexts,” commented Executive Director John Stephens.

“We are proud of the work our colleagues are doing,” said President Roderick Ferguson. “The projects funded this year are reflective not only of the reach and vitality of the field; they are also a glimpse into the kind of dynamic partnerships and real solidarities needed at this conjuncture.”

The Community Partnership Grant program was started in 2002 to provide seed money for projects that enhance American studies involvement in the ongoing work of community-based organizations. These grants are intended to foster genuine collaborations with community organizations and the constituents they serve to provide new cultural and educational opportunities – as well as to strengthen ties between the ASA and those organizations.

The Regional Chapter Grant program, started in 2004, provides a way to further meet the needs of members. Regional American studies organizations have a wide range of constituencies, resources, and needs, which the national association may not adequately recognize or serve. These grants are intended to bridge the gap by providing financial resources that enable regional chapters to develop original, creative, and independent programming.

“The Community Partnership and Regional Chapter Grants are always a reminder that the ASA does much more than bring together inspiring intellectuals, teachers, writers, community organizers, and activists for the annual meeting” said Past President Kandice Chuh. She added, “The ASA works year-round to envision and materialize new ways that our association can serve both our members – and the communities that give our work purpose.”

A description of each winning project is available under Community Partnership Grants and Regional Chapter Grants, which include application instructions, criteria, frequently asked questions, and deadlines for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Press Contact: John Stephens,

Community Partnership Grants (2018-2019)

In Search of the Black University: 
A Community Curriculum for the Pan-African Library of CANVAS Institute
Robert Fanuzzi, St. John’s University, Staten Island
Inside, Outside, and the Spaces Between: 
Exhibiting Resistance to American Incarceration
Therese Quinn, University of Illinois at Chicago
The Interdisciplinary Public Library: 
A Collaborative Project in Providence, RI
Susan Smulyan, Brown University
Lakeland Community Heritage: 
A Collaborative Project in College Park, Maryland
Mary Corbin Sies, University of Maryland, College Park


Regional Chapter Grants (2018-2019)

Hawai’i American Studies Association
‘Settler Colonialism is Not the Destination’: (Re)mapping Hawaiʻi and the (S)pacific Conference
New England American Studies Association
Annual Conference and Colloquium
Southeastern American Studies Association
2019 Biennial Conference: “Looking Back, Talking Back, Looking Forward”


Post date: August 31, 2018

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