The American Studies Journal is a peer-reviewed open-access journal that provides a forum for intellectual debate about all aspects of social, cultural, and political life in the United States of America. It aims to present new and challenging research in the humanities to both academic and a non-academic audiences around the world.

Three elements make up the web presence: the American Studies Journal with its offerings of scholarly and methodological content, the ASJ Occasional Papers series as a web space for topics that do not fit into the thematically focused issues of the journal, and the American Studies Blog with its topical observations and comments on present-day U.S. society and culture. We hope that our American Studies bouquet appeals to experts and lay persons alike.


No. 10 (2015)
Rape as Spectator Sport and Creepshot Entertainment:
Social Media and the Valorization of Lack of Consent
by Kelly Oliver

Lack of consent is valorized within popular culture to the point that sexual assault has become a spectator sport and creepshot entertainment on social media.  Indeed, the valorization of nonconsensual sex has reached the extreme where sex with unconscious girls, especially accompanied by photographs as trophies, has become a goal of some boys and men.
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Current Issue

No. 59 (2015)
Commemorating World War II at 70:
Ethnic and Transnational Perspectives

Edited by Birgit Däwes and Ingrid Gessner

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary, this issue will serve as a reminder that the end of World War II did not necessarily provide closure. The aim is a double outlook on World War II: of revisiting the exceptionalist rhetoric of a single “good” war by including ethnic perspectives, and of critically and transnationally contextualizing it for the twenty-first century and for generations to come. The articles highlight invisible, silenced and displaced memories of the war from a transnational historical perspective and examine questions of representation, commemoration, and debt from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including memory, museum, and material culture studies, literary and film analysis, and public history.
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Upcoming ASJ Issues

No. 60 (2015)
European Readings of Abraham Lincoln, His Times and Legacy
Edited by John Dean and Olivier Frayssé

No. 61 (2016)
The Plain People: Contemporary Perspectives and Future Prospects
Edited by Maryann Henck, Maria Moss, and Sabrina Völz

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Review of the American Studies Journal, ASJ Occasional Papers, and American Studies Blog by Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University, on the ProQuest website.