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 non-academic audiences around the world.

Three elements make up the asjournal.org web presence: the American Studies Journal with its offerings of scholarly and methodological content, the ASJ Occasional Papers series as a web space for longer articles 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.

Current Issue

No. 62 (2017)
Miscellaneous Articles

From its beginning in September 1983 up to 1996, this journal covered various US-related topics in each of its issues, although sometimes a special theme was highlighted. Starting with No. 39 (1996), the ASJ issues became topical. In our Submission Guidelines we stated that we welcomed proposals for thematic issues. However, we also said that we would consider individual articles, and would continue to publish longer items as ASJ Occasional Papers. Much to our delight, the ASJ developed a fine reputation as a venue for scholarly publishing, and hence more and more manuscripts were submitted for review to our editorial team. Most of these were stand-alone articles. To cope with the new situation, the editors decided to change the editorial policy of the ASJ. From now on, we will publish at least one issue containing articles on a variety of subjects, alternating with thematic issues. Nr. 62 (2017) is establishing this new pattern.
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Current OCCASIONAL PAPER

No. 12 (2017)
Fay Chong and Andrew Chinn: Asian Masters of American Art
by James W. Ellis

Fay Chong and Andrew Chinn were Asian American artists who made major contributions to the two most important movements in American art between 1930 and 1960—Regionalism and Abstract Expressionism. Today, however, art historians and the general public have largely forgotten them. Chong and Chinn worked in close collaboration during the 1930s and 1940s and invented a new watercolor style: using Chinese ink painting techniques and evocative calligraphic poetry to portray everyday subjects from the Western United States.
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Upcoming ASJ Issues

No. 63 (2017)
The Plain People: Contemporary Perspectives and Future Prospects
Edited by Maria Moss and Sabrina Völz

What others say about us

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.