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Wise-Suseman Prize Winner – Kathryn Vaggalis

Each year at the ASA annual conference, award winners are announced for several prizes.*  This year’s Wise-Susman Prize Winner, Kathryn Vaggalis, kindly agreed to an interview with American Studies journal.                                                   … Continue reading

Visiting with the AMSJ Board

Visiting with the Editorial Board The AMSJ Blog is doing a series of features on our Editorial board members… in no particular order.  Having a strong, active editorial board is one of the many things that makes American Studies such a current and vibrant journal.  So, we are going to take a peek at how … Continue reading

Interview with Dr. Lauren Rabinovitz

Dr. Lauren Rabinovitz is the guest editor for this year’s special edition of  American Studies (AMSJ): The Food issue. I interviewed her recently to get her views on research, teaching and the impetus for putting together a journal issue focusing on food. Dr. Rabinovitz’s work ranges from books about women in film, to digital projects … Continue reading

Message from the Editors

MESSAGE FROM THE EDITORS (May 8, 2018) Dear readers and authors, We recognize that the journal has been tremendously behind in schedule. To those who have queried about your submissions with unsatisfactory response, we are terrible sorry. While we are not making up any excuses for our delays, we would like to assure you that … Continue reading

Newest Books Available for Review

If you are interested in reviewing a book from the list below for the American Studies journal, please contact Elizabeth Wilhelm at  Seriously, contact her now. We need reviewers and this is an amazing list of books! Brown Beauty by Laila Haidarali Activist New York by Steven H. Jaffe Mapping Memory: Visuality, Affect, and Embodied Politics … Continue reading

Book Review : SELECTED LETTERS OF LANGSTON HUGHES. Edited by Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel with Christa Fratantoro. New York: Alfred A. Knopf Publisher. 2015.

SELECTED LETTERS OF LANGSTON HUGHES. Edited by Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel with Christa Fratantoro. New York: Alfred A. Knopf Publisher. 2015.   Assembling a collection of correspondence can be as loose as what Richard Wright once said about anthology-making: get a pot of glue and a pair of sharp scissors, and cut and paste … Continue reading

The Threat of Colin Kaepernick

The Threat of Colin Kaepernick by: Thabiti Lewis (WSU Vancouver)   “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”― James Baldwin     Last week marked the 15th anniversary of 911, and America’s most popular sport, football, was supposed to showcase American patriotism.  But the San … Continue reading


OKLAHOMO: Lessons in Unqueering America. By Carol Mason. 2015.   Sally Kern is a six-term member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and she does not like homosexuals. In fact, in 2008, Kern stated publicly that she considers homosexuality to be “the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam.” According … Continue reading


ON RACE AND MEDICINE: Insider Perspectives. Edited by Richard Garcia. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 2015.   The fields of anthropology and sociology, in addition to health sciences, have problematized the topic of race and medicine extensively. The dubious history of medical practice towards non-white bodies has left deep impacts on the manner in which … Continue reading


MAKING CINELANDIA: American Films and Mexican Film Culture Before the Golden Age. By: Laura Isabel Serna. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. 2014. In the 1920s American films dominated Mexico’s cinemas creating the fear in its cultural elites that Mexico would become a cultural dependent of the United States. In Making Cinelandia American Films and Mexican … Continue reading

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