The Mid-America American Studies Association (MAASA) encompasses eleven states, including Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, in the mid-continent area. American Studies Association members residing in the region are automatically MAASA members. Others can become members by checking the appropriate box on the ASA membership form.
MAASA's purposes are to foster the study of American culture in all its aspects, to provide a forum for communication and discussion among its members and the general public, and to promote scholarship by the publication of the journal, American Studies. These ends are to be achieved by the organization of regular meetings, by recognition of outstanding contributions to American studies, and by cooperation with the national American Studies Association.