Current Issue

Available now: American Quarterly December 2018, Volume 70, Issue 4. Make sure to visit the Beyond the Page section for supplementary content. 

The first three essays in this issue address interconnected themes of settler colonialism, race, migration, and capitalism, with particular attention to place, space, and the environment. We are also excited to present a forum, “On Sylvia Wynter and the Urgency of Humanist Revolution in the Twenty-First Century,” which reflects on the significance of Wynter’s critical thought to American studies, academe, and the world at large.

Our first Book Review looks at four texts on race, sex, and science, our second Book Review discusses works on reproductive justice and gestational surrogacy, and our third Book Review explores the world of zombies and its metaphors through three recent works on the topic. The Event Review features two sets of exhibits that were part of the Pacific Standard Time project held in the Los Angeles region in the fall of 2017. Finally, the two Digital Project Reviews feature a project on mapping Indigenous Los Angeles and one on Tennessee history and citizenship.


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. 

To receive a 20% discount on Tours of Duty and Tours of Leisure, 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. 

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