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Available now: American Quarterly September 2017, Volume 69, Issue 3.Make sure to visit the Beyond the Page section for supplementary content. 

This special issue presents a wide range of critical scholarship that considers the importance of the “Chinese factor” in the global imaginaries of American studies. It extends American studies to concerns with distant frontiers and borderlands in Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific, and with the undercurrents of competition and collusion between empires, past and present. Whereas the forums provide a rich set of conversations on topics ranging from transwar and transpacific history and politics, to the imagination of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the roles of the Chinese students and China in US-China contention, the articles articulate a diverse array of methodologies and practices for reorienting American studies to the rise of China as both an opportunity and threat, informed by the complex and intersected history of imperialism, Orientalism, and neoliberalism. The film review puts a nice touch on the special issue by introducing the genre of “going abroad” films that challenge the “America in Chinese hearts.”


At the ASA annual meeting in Chicago, American Quarterly is sponsoring a panel, “Workshop on AQ Review and Editorial Process” on Friday, November 10, 4:00-5:45pm at Stetson E, Exhibit Level West Tower. At this workshop, the AQ editorial staff and members of the Board of Managing Editors will go over the journal’s review and editorial process and provide tips for prospective authors on how to maximize the chances of acceptance.

Juliet Nebolon, whose essay, “Life Given Straight from the Heart”: Settler Militarism, Biopolitics, and Public Health in Hawai‘i during World War II,” was published in American Quarterly 69.1 (March 2017), has graciously agreed to make her materials accessible to ASA members, conference attendees, and prospective authors for a limited time period. These materials should provide good insight as to what the external reviewers and the Board of Managing Editors look for as well as effective ways of addressing their comments. Those who intend to attend the workshop in Chicago are encouraged to look through the materials prior to the meeting.

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 We are proud to announce that American Quarterly September 2015 special issue, “Pacific Currents,” guest edited by Paul Lyons and Ty Kāwika Tengan, is the winner of the 2016 Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) Award for Best Special Issue. Thank you to Paul and Ty for their vision and leadership and to all the contributors to the special issue!


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).

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

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Tours of Duty and Tours of Leisure

Now available from the Johns Hopkins University Press, this special issue investigates the multiple ways in which tourism and militarism inform each other in the past and in our own contemporary moment. 

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