Researchers, teachers, students, writers, activists, curators, community organizers, and activists from around the world who are dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of U.S. culture and history in a global context.
Many things that connect us to each other. We publish American Quarterly; organize an annual international meeting and regional events; provide resources; and collaborate with museums, public institutions, and communities.
Original research, teaching, critical thinking, public discussion, and dissent. We share a commitment to viewing U.S. history and culture from multiple perspectives and taking a stand on issues of importance and broad consensus.
Participation in the ASA gives you access to a vibrant scholarly community—at and beyond the annual meeting. You’ll find abundant opportunities for professional advancement, intellectual engagement, and personal development.
From drone strikes in Yemen to white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, emergency and crisis are constant facts of life in the U.S. and in the world. The theme for the 2018 annual meeting emphasizes that our sense of crisis must be thought alongside our commitment to challenging the calamities and producing alternative—indeed better—worlds. How should we analyze the current state of emergency or crisis? And how does conceiving emergence as constitutive to emergency change what the emergency is?
Since the mid-1990s, the Early American Matters Caucus has been addressing pre-1900 American studies topics, broadly understood. We’re a collegial, friendly group, and we do our best both to cultivate a sense of community among pre-1900 Americanists and to bridge early...
In this issue, four essays address various modes of temporalities and spatialities in the way the world is captured by artists, writers, and critics. The issue also carries four book reviews on racial formation, the history of political culture and the shaping of public opinion and discourse, free speech on college campuses, and the cultures and logics of the carceral state and settler colonialism. Finally, the issue includes an event review and a digital project review, which respectively discuss the exhibit on the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II at Alphawood Gallery in Chicago and the social impact game Survivance.Explore AQ »