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.
Founded in 2009, the Digital Humanities (DH) Caucus works to support the study of digital research and teaching within an American studies framework. Both a method and object of study, DH is reshaping scholarship and pedagogy, and we are particularly interested in the ways in which American studies perspectives can usefully inform DH approaches.
"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?
This issue of American Quarterly goes into production in the wake of the 2016 election. The values, policies, and behavior represented by Trump, his supporters, and those he is choosing as his staff are deeply in opposition to the fundamental principles of the ASA community. The election results challenge us to seriously reflect on what it means to do American studies and renew our commitments as scholars, teachers, and activists in this world. Many of the essays included here address themes that are critical to these issues.Explore AQ »