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.
In the current moment, people are drawing from multiple legacies of rebellion, protest, survival, and revolution to confront forms of dehumanization and ecological degradation that are foundational to the making of “America.” What might it mean to apprehend and respond to the creative acts of people in revolt? How might creativity enable other ways of envisioning and making sociality, community, bodily and spiritual integrity, and radical futurity?
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...
This issue includes Scott Kurashige’s presidential address, “‘Unruly Subjects’: American Studies from Antidiscipline to Revolutionary Praxis,” which traces the emergence of the ASA as home for those from outside the institutional history of the field, points to the crisis of liberal capitalism and ruptures it has created, and illustrates examples of scholar–activist work seeking to build the revolution toward a new social order, such as the work of Detroit-based Grace Lee Boggs. We have asked two such scholar–activists to respond to Kurashige’s address: Curtis Marez and Noura Erakat. This issue also features six essays that coalesce and speak well with one another around several themes: species, environment, and settler colonialism; racialization and othering in nation and empire building; race, solidarity, and anti-imperialism. Finally, in the review section, Julie Sze discusses recent works on race, animality, and animal studies, while Chloe Hunt examines books on speculative approaches to time and space in Black critical theory.Explore AQ »