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. 63 (2017)
The Plain People: Contemporary Perspectives and Future Prospects
Edited by Sabrina Völz and Maria Moss

This issue of the American Studies Journal is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of Plain Anabaptists—mainly Amish and Mennonite groups—in Canada and the United States. The pioneering research presented in this volume seeks to foster contemporary discourses on lesser known or even neglected issues. Ranging from highly critical to very personal accounts, the contributors offer a variety of perspectives on topics, such as Anabaptist influences on American religious pluralism, Amish women’s entrepreneurial endeavors, recent ex-Amish memoir writing as well as Amish-Mennonite international vacationing. The volume concludes with an engaging panel discussion featuring speakers Susan Trollinger, Donald Kraybill, and Ira Wagler on the future of the Amish and the influence of technology, organic farming, and reality TV on the Plain Anabaptists.
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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

Cultures of US-American Conservatism
Edited by Susann Koehler and Andrew Gross

Approaching the Field of US Social Movements from a Distance:
A French Perspective

Edited by Sandrine Baudry, Guillaume Marche, and Céline Planchou

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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.