Call for Letters of Journal Bid Interest

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Announcements Administration
March 15, 2021
United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Race / Ethnic Studies, Sexuality Studies

The Mid-America American Studies Association (MAASA), a regional organization of the national American Studies Association, invites institutions within the Mid-America region (Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) to submit a letter of bid interest for the management and publication of the quarterly transnational, interdisciplinary journal American Studies (AMSJ). Every ten years, the MAASA-sponsored journal is open to bids of publication.

AMSJ first appeared in 1959 and merged with the journal American Studies International (ASI) in 2005, marking AMSJ's commitment to transnational issues and investment in international perspectives. The journal prides itself as an intellectual hub for critical regionalisms, borderland spaces, and diasporic cultural production as they engage music, literature, history, and visual culture and intersect with gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, Indigeneity, capitalism, colonialism, im/migration, and citizenship. Recent special issues reflect the journal’s breadth: The Arts in the Black Press during the Age of Jim Crow (2020), The Food Issue (2018), Latinx Civil Rights and Beyond (2017). The journal also publishes an annual review of recent books in the field of American Studies. Moreover, Dialogues: A Blog of the American Studies Journal features timely short-form reflection and commentary on teaching, research, and activism. To learn more about the journal, visit, and

While MAASA supports a majority of the journal's operating budget, we expect the host institution to provide some financial support as well as facilities, computing, and staffing necessary to produce the journal. Journal editors attend biannual MAASA Executive Board meetings as non-voting members. The MAASA Board further supports the journal by vetting the journal's Editorial Board, reviewing manuscript submissions as requested, and contributing review essays and blog posts. To learn more about MAASA, visit


At this point, we simply are gathering a list of interested institutions. Please send a brief email expressing your interest in managing and publishing the journal to by Monday, March 15, 2021. A letter of bid interest is non-binding.


After compiling our list, we will send details for completing the official bid. In the meantime, you are welcome to coordinate with pertinent entities at your institution (e.g., department heads/chairs, deans, libraries) in preparation for the full bid. Feel free to email MAASA at with any questions you may have about the bid process.

Contact Info: 

Tom Sarmiento
At-Large Representative; Regional Representative to the American Studies Association
Mid-America American Studies Association

Assistant Professor of English
Kansas State University

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