American Studies is a quarterly interdisciplinary journal sponsored by the Mid-America American Studies Association, the University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of American Studies, and KU Libraries. American Studies (AMSJ) first appeared in 1959, and has 1,000 current subscribers. In 2005 it merged with American Studies International (ASI), and welcomes submissions with an international perspective. ASI, a journal for American Studies scholars outside the U.S., was published by the American Studies Department at George Washington University for over forty years. Beginning with Vol. 45 (2004), ASI ceased publication as an independent journal, and merged with AMSJ, with the agreement that AMSJ would devote at least one issue a year (or the equivalent) to transnational American Studies scholarship, international American Studies authors, and would maintain a significant showing of scholars outside the U.S. on its editorial board. The "On Teaching" forum, now on the AMSJ blog, originated as an ASI feature.

The American Studies Department of the University of Kansas is co-sponsoring the MAASA Biennial Conference on March 4-5, 2016 titled Battle Ground Midwest. In preparation for, and continuing throughout and after the conference itself, the blog of the American Studies Journal seeks commentaries and social analysis by faculty members located in MAASA's region and nationally focused on the conference theme. The maximum entry for each commentary is 800 words. Each entry should discuss salient issues around the various social and/or economic justice concerns in the region. For example, Oklahoma's death penalty, the national movement spurred by the events in Ferguson, Missouri, Voter I.D. laws in Kansas, pro-choice success of Minnesota activists amid cutbacks on women's reproductive rights in every other Midwestern state, effects of the Koch brothers' political empire on labor, immigration policy, healthcare, and presidential campaigns, etc. Commentary should be submitted to All submissions will be reviewed by AMSJ editors for copying editing and factual error.

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