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About the Journal of Transnational American Studies

The Journal of Transnational American Studies (JTAS) is a peer-reviewed online journal that seeks to broaden the interdisciplinary study of American cultures in a transnational context. Starting in 2019, it will publish two issues per year. Founded in 2009 by Shelley Fisher Fishkin,  Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Takayuki Tatsumi, and Alfred Hornung, JTAS functions as an open-access forum for Americanists in the global academic community, where scholars are increasingly interrogating borders both within and outside the nation and focusing on the multiple intersections and exchanges that flow across those borders. JTAS is a new critical conduit that seeks to bring together innovative transnational work from diverse but often disconnected sites in the US and abroad.

JTAS features a range of perspectives on transnational American Studies across, and among, the disciplines. We have a unique format in which we publish new essays by emerging and established scholars alongside special forums which are guest edited and which engage transnational American studies from a particular focus; the Winter issue of JTAS also features an outlook on scholarship in the field of transnational American studies, in which important publications are presented in selected excerpts with a framing introduction by editors Jennifer Reimer (Forward) and – in a section highlighting the global community of transnational American studies – Nina Morgan (Reprise). 

JTAS is indexed in:

The Directory of Open Access Journals

The American Studies Journals Directory

MLA Bibliography

The Library of Congress has selected JTAS as one of a handful of online journals to be housed in the Library's permanent archive of electronic publications.


JTAS is sponsored by UC Santa Barbara's American Cultures and Global Contexts Center and Stanford University's Program in American Studies, and supported by the UC-Davis Department of American Studies and Department of English. In order to facilitate the broadest possible cultural conversation about transnational American Studies, the journal will be available without cost to anyone with access to the Internet.

JTAS is published by the University of California Digital Library.