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. 61 (2016)
The Impact of the Internet and Social Media
on US-American Culture and Society

Edited by Hans-Jürgen Grabbe

On September 30, 2015, the American Studies Journal published its Occasional Paper No. 10, an essay by Kelly Oliver entitled “Rape as Spectator Sport and Creepshot Entertainment: Social Media and the Valorization of Lack of Consent.” Drawing attention to recent cases of rape on American college campuses, she shows how cell phones and social media have been used to prolong the humiliation of the victims, giving rise to a culture of voyeurism that no longer hides its contempt for women. Recognizing its importance, the editors of the ASJ took the unusual step to publish their first ever call for papers, inviting other contributions on the impact of the internet and social media on various aspects of US-American culture and society.
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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 Issue

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.