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. 

Current Issue

No. 66 (2019)
Miscellaneous Articles
Edited by Carmen Birkle and Maria Moss
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Preceding Issue

No. 65 (2018)
Cultures of US-American Conservatism
Edited by Susann Köhler and Andrew S. Gross

What does conservatism mean today? Is it a set of ideas? An ideology? An identity? Such questions motivate this issue of the American Studies Journal. It brings together scholars from different fields in order to trace the history, politics, beliefs, attitudes, and values of conservative cultures and to explore an obscure, but perhaps still viable common ground of liberalism and conservatism in the United States. The articles also demonstrate the heterogeneity of conservatism. As a loose coalition of anti-communists, libertarians, and traditionalists in the fifties, the movement has incorporated Christian conservatives, nationalists, and foreign policy hawks throughout the second half of the twentieth century. 
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No. 15 (2018)
The Fulbright Experience of Visiting Scholars from Post-Communist China: A Qualitative Study and a Critical Evaluation
by Meirong Fu, Beijing Foreign Studies University 
This paper presents a qualitative study of Chinese scholars’ Fulbright experiences in the United States and factors influencing the outcomes, based on interviews with 32 Chinese professors who were visiting Fulbright scholars during the period between 2001 and 2012. The purpose of the study is to shed some light on US public diplomacy programs to suggest improvements for their efficacy benefitting all parties concerned, and ultimately to further relations between the US and the rest of the world.
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Upcoming ASJ thematic Issues

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

Edited by Sandrine Baudry, Guillaume Marche, and Céline Planchou
Women’s Voices From the House of Time II
Edited by Martina Kohl

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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.