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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

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.

Cultural Studies

  • 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.
  • 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.



  • 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.

Social Sciences

  • 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.

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