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Review Essay – “The Influence of Past Racism on Criminal Injustice: A Review of The New Jim Crow and The Condemnation of Blackness” by Jelani Jefferson Exum

Download Jelani Jefferson Exum’s review of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander and The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America by Khalil Gibran Muhammad. The essay appears in our latest issue, 52:1. 12_AmsJ–52.1–Sp2011–Exum–Review Essay Jelani Jefferson Exum is an Associate Professor at the University … Continue reading

AMSJ Call for Papers Flyer

Here is AMSJ’s new call for papers flyer.  Please circulate it to anyone you know who may be interested in submitting an article to the journal.

On Teaching – Living in the Gaps: On Teaching the Messiness of Culture

Tyler Branson, PhD candidate in Rhetoric and Composition at Texas Christian University I write this blog to you now while sipping café con leche along the Guadalquivir River in the ancient Andalusian city of Seville, Spain. These details signal an effort not to showcase my international pretensions but rather a hope to situate myself within a unique perspective on interdisciplinary … Continue reading

Cover of Issue 52.1

Behold the cover of issue 52.1, which will be out at the end of October.  The image is taken from Bess Williamson’s article entitled “Electric Moms and Quad Drivers: People with Disabilities Buying, Making, and Using Technology in Postwar America.”

Editors Letter for Forthcoming Issue Vol. 52, No. 1

Dear Readers and Subscribers, The editorial team of American Studies is pleased to present in this issue our new AMSJ logo.  This logo represents the new direction that the journal has taken as both a print and an online journal. Last spring we initiated the AMSJ blog  ( to publish articles on pedagogy and to … Continue reading

Book Review – The Queer Art of Failure

THE QUEER ART OF FAILURE. By Judith Halberstam. Durham: Duke University Press. 2011. Neoliberal politics of contemporary America glorifies success as a (if not “the) way of being in the world. What space, then, does failure occupy and open up? The Queer Art of Failure is a groundbreaking book that retheorizes failure and its relationship … Continue reading

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