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Available now: American Quarterly December 2014, Volume 66, Issue 4 - This issue features seven essays, a currents selection, four book reviews and a forum "Whiteness Redux or Redefined?" which features supplementary content for some articles in our Beyond the Page section.





The September 2012 issue of American Quarterly (Volume 64, Issue 3) was recognized as the co-winner of Best Special Issue by The Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) recently.

The Call for Papers for the 2015 Special Issue: Pacific Currents is now available.

A new "Interact" discussion is now available focused on the "Currents" section from the June 2012 issue. Please come and "Join the Conversation."

The journal has updated its Author Guidelines to introduce an online submission system.

Join the Conversation

American Quarterly is dedicated to being a forum for intellectual exchange among American studies scholars. The re-designed website creates new opportunities for scholars to connect outside of the printed journal. Good scholarship is only worthwhile if it is shared. Interdisciplinary scholarship in American studies hinges on communication between its scholars, and as the foremost journal of its kind, American Quarterly is at the center of this dialogue.

The new Interact section includes:

  • Teaching tools for using articles in the classroom
  • "AQ Then and Now," which compares and contrasts articles on a similar topic or object of study from different journal issues. Our first set of articles includes Clyde Woods’s “Katrina World: Blues, Bourbon, and the Return to the Source” with Eric Tang’s “A Gulf Unites Us: The Vietnamese Americans of Black New Orleans East.”
  • Reader commentary on a recent American Quarterly article to allow further engagement of published works.

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Sound Clash: Listening to American Studies

Now available from the Johns Hopkins University Press, an interdisciplinary approach to the study of sound, reflecting on its cultural, political, technological, economic, socio-historical, spatial, temporal, affective, and formal contexts.

To receive a 20% discount on Sound Clash: Listening to American Studies, please call the JHUP customer service department at 1-800-537-5487 and mention code NAF. Or order online at the Johns Hopkins University Press website and enter code NAF at the checkout.