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.
Our annual meeting’s location in Montreal presents the perfect opportunity to put some pressure on the meaning of solidarity across a number of communities, modes of engagement, and national boundaries. We invite our colleagues in Canada and the Americas, writ large, as well as those beyond to join us as we think through these engagements. We want to actively participate in building a practice (of love, of solidarity, of justice) in the space of contestation and radical difference.
The Committee on Departments, Programs and Centers keeps the Council and the association’s membership informed of the current interests, needs, and professional concerns of American Studies departments, programs, and centers.
Editors Chris Lee and Melani McAlister
In late spring of 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the broad mobilization of the BlackLivesMatter movement against police violence around the world we received the devastating news of Amy Kaplan's passing. We felt that the best way for American Quarterly to pay tribute to Kaplan's immense contribution to the field was to do a special issue revisiting the core questions of empire addressed by the body of her work. We are honored to have Christopher Lee and Melani McAlister, whose areas of expertise complement each other while both being closely connected to Kaplan's oeuvre, take on this important work.Explore AQ »