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.
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...
"Pedagogies of Dissent" invites inquiry into the intellectual, political, historical, and social genealogies of critical and transformative thought and praxis in the classroom, and in other material and virtual spaces where teaching and learning happen outside relationships as "teachers" and "students." The theme echoes Chandra Mohanty's use of "pedagogies of dissent” to refer to the project of oppositional pedagogies. How are such pedagogies constructed? What are the exigent conditions giving rise to their emergence? What allows them to flourish, or diminishes their effectiveness?
Editors Chih-ming Wang and Yu-Fang Cho
This special issue presents a wide range of critical scholarship that considers the importance of the “Chinese factor” in the global imaginaries of American studies. It extends American studies to concern with distant frontiers and borderlands in Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific, and with the undercurrents of competition and collusion between empires, past and present. Whereas the forums provide a rich set of conversations on topics ranging from transwar and transpacific history and politics, to the imagination of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the roles of the Chinese students and China in US-China contention, the articles articulate a diverse array of methodologies and practices for reorienting American studies to the rise of China as both an opportunity and threat, informed by the complex and intersected history of imperialism, Orientalism, and neoliberalism. The film review puts a nice touch on the special issue by introducing the genre of “going abroad” films that challenge the “America in Chinese hearts.”Explore AQ »