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 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. 60 (2016)
Lincoln in Europe
Edited by John Dean and Olivier Frayssé

European universities host only a handful of Lincoln scholars. Steven Spielberg’s movie Lincoln had only a modest success in European theaters. The Lincoln theme presents challenges to teachers in EFL classrooms. Why is there such a limited place in Europe for one of the greatest American icons? In this special issue of the American Studies Journal we explore this paradox through the contributions of seasoned Lincoln scholars, historians of Europe and transatlantic relations, and specialists of cultural history and popular culture. The international and interdisciplinary perspectives of our contributors offer new insights into Lincoln and the Lincoln theme by showing how the image of the 16th president has been determined by U.S.-European relations at various moments in history.
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No. 11 (2016)
American Berlin Across the Last Century
by Joshua Parker

Over the past century, many studies have been devoted to American literature set in Europe and its capitals. Yet despite a marked increase in American fiction treating Berlin since its first designation as Germany’s capital, few studies have targeted Berlin itself as a setting or image in American literature and popular consciousness. This paper surveys trends in the development of American literature set in the German capital from around 1900 to the present.
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Upcoming ASJ Issues

No. 61 (2016)
The Impact of the Internet and Social Media on US-American Culture and Society

No. 62 (2017)

The Plain People: Contemporary Perspectives and Future Prospects
Edited by Maryann Henck, 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.