American Studies Resources
The following resources provide a wide range of information on topics for those with an interest in American Studies:
- General American Studies
- African American Studies
- Asian American Studies
- Cultural Studies
- American History
- American Literature
- Political Science and U.S. Foreign Policy
- Social Sciences
- Discussion Groups and ListServs
General American Studies
- American Studies Association (ASA) - Georgetown University
The American Studies Association, founded in 1951, exists to promote and encourage the study of American culture--past and present. Association membership is open to all individuals and to cultural or educational institutions.
- American Studies at the University of Virginia
Site links to a variety of resources in American Studies.
- American Studies Crossroads
Since 1995, the American Studies Crossroads Project has provided a comprehensive and integrated platform for pedagogical, scholarly, and institutional information for the international American Studies Community.
- American Studies Recommendations by Richard P. Horwitz
- Currents in American Scholarship (PDF 903KB)
The "Currents in American Scholarship" series offers Americanists abroad information on theory and practice in disciplines relevant to the study of the society, culture and institutions of the United States.
- Dissertations in American Studies, 1986-Present
Good site for identifying helpful authors in particular topics in American Studies. (Many of these dissertations were published.)
- Encyclopedia of American Studies
The Encyclopedia of American Studies features more than 660 articles covering topics such as United States history, literature, art, urban studies, ethnicity, gender, race, economics and politics.
- Study of the United States Branch - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
The Study of the U.S. Branch seeks to promote a better understanding of the people, institutions, and culture of the United States among foreign students, teachers and scholars whose professional focus is American society and culture, past and present.
- African American Studies
African-American Studies Videotape & Audiocassette, UC Berkeley.
- Internet Resources for African American Studies
Portal features links to organizations, periodicals and news provided by the University of Delaware Library.
- Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA
The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, founded in 1969 as the Center for African American Studies (CAAS), is the result of the struggle by black students at UCLA to have their history and culture recognized and studied.URL:
Asian American Studies
- Asian American Studies Center
Online information about Asian American studies with links to other web resources.
- Asian American Studies Resource Guide
This site provides access to research resources available through the Internet based on Asian American studies.
- Association for Asian American Studies
The Association for Asian American Studies was founded in 1979 for the purpose of advancing the highest professional standard of excellence in teaching and research in the field of Asian American Studies; promoting better understanding and closer ties between and among various sub-components within Asian American Studies: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Hawai'ian, Southeast Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander, and other groups.
- The Center for the Study of Southern Culture
This is the homepage for the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. The Center features an interdisciplinary program in Southern Studies, which awards BA and MA degrees. In addition, it hosts a variety of annual conferences, including the Oxford Conference for the Book; the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference; and the Southern Foodways Symposium.
- Cultural Map
Cultural Maps is dedicated to the graphical presentation of non-graphical information -- whatever that turns out to mean. At present, it has something to do with maps in the ordinary and normal sense of the term; the immediate goal is to build a digital American Historical Atlas.
PopCultures.com is the comprehensive guide and resource area for cultural studies, popular culture analysis, and mass media theory.
- Postmodern Culture
PMC Founded in 1990 as an experiment in scholarly publishing on the Internet, Postmodern Culture has become the leading electronic journal of interdisciplinary thought on contemporary cultures, publishing the work of such noted authors and critics as Kathy Acker, Charles Bernstein, Bruce Robbins, bell hooks, and Susan Howe. PMC combines high scholarly standards with broad appeal for non-academic readers. As an entirely web-based journal, PMC can publish still images, sound, animation, and full-motion video as well as text.
- American Economic Association
The purposes of the Association are: the encouragement of economic research, especially the historical and statistical study of the actual conditions of industrial life; the issue of publications on economic subjects; the encouragement of perfect freedom of economic discussion. The Association as such will take no partisan attitude, nor will it commit its members to any position on practical economic questions.
- Economic History Association
The Economic History Association was founded in 1940. Its purpose is to encourage and promote teaching, research, and publication on every phase of economic history, broadly defined, and to encourage and assist in the preservation and administration of the materials for research in economic history.
- Council for American Studies Education
An organization for secondary school teachers of American Studies.
- C-SPAN Classroom
Free resources for teaching Civics and U.S. Government.
- American Folk
Home site to resources in American folk cultural studies.
- The American Folklore Society
The American Folklore Society is an association of people who create and communicate knowledge about folklore throughout the world.
- The American Folklife Center
The American Folklife Center provides online access to selected collections. Online content may include audio samples of music and stories, digital images of rare letters and photographs, and video clips.
- 19th Century United States Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies Online
This site designed to bring together the a wide variety of materials available on the Web for studying 19th century American literature, history and culture.
- American Antiquarian Society
The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) is both a learned society and national research library of pre-twentieth century American history and culture.
- American History and American Studies
This Subject Guide for American History and American Studies leads to resources at Yale University Library and beyond.
- American Historical Association
The American Historical Association (AHA) is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1884 and incorporated by Congress in 1889 for the promotion of historical studies, the collection and preservation of historical documents and artifacts, and the dissemination of historical research.
- American History Resources from Rutgers
Meta-index to American history resources maintained by Rutgers University. Strong on interdisciplinary approaches.
- Center for History and New Media
The Center produces historical works in new media, tests the effectiveness of these products in the classroom, and reflects critically on the promises and pitfalls of new media in historical practice.
- The Library of Congress - American Memory Project
The Library of Congress presents information about its special collections and exhibits and electronic version of many of them and provides access to several online catalogs.
- Organization of American Historians
The Organization of American Historians is the largest learned society devoted to the study of American history. Since its founding in 1907 as the Mississippi Valley Historical Association, the OAH has promoted the study and teaching of the American past through its many activities.
- National Museum of American History
The National Museum of American History collects artifacts of all kinds—from gowns to locomotives—to preserve for the American people an enduring record of their past.
- National Museum of American History Library
A premier American history collection and part of the 20 Smithsonian Institution Libraries’ system.
- American Literature Association
A coalition of societies devoted to the study of American authors.
- Electronic Archives for Teaching the American Literatures
The Electronic Archives contain essays, syllabi, bibliographies, and other resources for teaching the multiple literatures of the United States. The Archives are designed as a complementary resource to the electronic discussion list, T-AMLIT. The Electronic Archives are created and maintained by the Center for Electronic Projects in American Culture Studies (CEPACS) at Georgetown University's American Studies Program.
- Linguistic Society of America
The Linguistic Society of America is the major professional society in the United States that is exclusively dedicated to the advancement of the scientific study of language.
- Literary Resources -- American
This set of pages is a collection of links to sites on the Internet dealing especially with American literature, excluding most single electronic texts, and is limited to collections of information useful to academics.
- PAL: Perspectives in American Literature -- A Research and Reference Guide
This site is an on-going reference project in American literature. Includes both bibliography and in-depth articles on important figures from Colonial times to the present.
- Voices from the Gaps
Voices From the Gaps is a World Wide Web project that focuses on the lives and works of women writers of color in North America. Each author is the subject of a web page which features biographical, bibliographical, and critical information on her life and works.
Political Science and U.S. Foreign Policy
- American Political Science Association
The American Political Science Association, founded in 1903, is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 15,000 members in over 80 countries. With a range of programs and services for individuals, departments and institutions, APSA brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors within and outside academe in order to expand awareness and understanding of politics.
- Frontline Diplomacy The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training. This page presents a window into the lives of American diplomats. Transcripts of interviews with U.S. diplomatic personnel capture their experiences, motivations, critiques, personal analyses and private thoughts. These elements are crucial to understanding the full story of the creation of a structure of stable relationships that maintained world peace and protected U.S. interests and values.
- American Sociological Association
The American Sociological Association is a non-profit membership association based in Washington, DC dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good.
- Social Studies Sources
This site is designed as a quick start for social studies with links to thousands of sites useful for the study of history, geography, politics & government, and other social sciences. While aimed at K-12 learners, the site links to much of interest to college-level learners.
- American Quarterly - The Journal of the American Studies Association. American Quarterly represents innovative interdisciplinary scholarship that engages with key issues in American studies. The journal publishes essays that examine American societies and cultures, past and present, in global and local contexts.
- American Studies International - The Journal of International Americanists
American Studies International has served as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information about the study of the United States by scholars throughout the world. American Studiens International publishes scholarly articles, bibliographical essays, book reviews, and announcements of conferences and programs.
- Journal of Asian American Studies - Project MUSE
The official publication of the Association for Asian American Studies, the Journal of Asian American Studies (JAAS) explores all aspects of Asian American experiences. The Journal publishes original works of scholarly interest to the field, including new theoretical developments, research results, methodological innovations, public policy concerns, pedagogical issues, and book, media, and exhibition reviews.
- The Journal of Economic History
The Journal of Economic History is published by Cambridge University Press in cooperation with Oxford University. The JEH seeks to promote the scholarly study of economic aspects of the human past from a diversity of perspectives, notably those of economists and historians, and to stimulate discourse among scholars with varied interests and modes of inquiry.
- Political Science Quarterly
Political Science Quarterly or PSQ is the most widely read and accessible scholarly journal covering government, politics and policy. A nonpartisan journal, PSQ is edited for both political scientists and general readers with a keen interest in public and foreign affairs.
Discussion Groups and ListServs
African American Literature
History of American art
An online discussion list for a cultural studies graduate seminar offered by the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida Website.
H-Amstdy: American Studies
H-Amstdy provides a forum for research and teaching in the field of American Studies, and for interdisciplinary or multi-disciplinary perspectives on culture. The list focuses on the cultures of North America and the United States, and offers an international perspective on the study of American culture Website.
History of photography
Teaching the American Literatures
An international e-mail forum for discussion of Women's Studies teaching, research, and program administration.
International Women in American Studies
(Last update on October 7, 2011)