Journal of Transnational American Studies

Starting in 2021, the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies will join Stanford University’s Program in American Studies and function as the second editorial home to the Journal of Transnational American Studies (JTAS).

From the JTAS page at Stanford:

The Journal of Transnational American Studies (JTAS) is an open-access peer-reviewed online journal that seeks to broaden the interdisciplinary study of American cultures in transnational contexts.

Founded in 2009 by Shelley Fisher Fishkin (Stanford), Shirley Geok-lin Lim (UC-Santa Barbara), Takayuki Tatsumi (Keio University), and Alfred Hornung (Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz), JTAS functions as a 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 critical conduit for bringing together innovative transnational work from diverse but often disconnected sites in the US and abroad. It features a range perspectives from across the disciplines—including cultural studies, literature, history, film and new media, visual arts, performance studies, music, religion, politics, and law—in work that often engages issues of ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, and class. Contributors have included multimedia artists, filmmakers, photographers, poets, novelists, and curators, as well as scholars.

The journal is sponsored by Stanford’s Program in American Studies and UC Santa Barbara’s American Cultures and Global Contexts Center, and is supported by the UC-Davis Department of American Studies and Department of English.  Since the journal’s founding in 2009, Stanford’s Program in American Studies has been its editorial home. Starting in 2021, JTAS will add a new co-sponsor and a second editorial home: the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany.

JTAS is published by the University of California Digital Library.  In order to facilitate the broadest possible cultural conversation about transnational American Studies, JTAS is available without cost to anyone with access to the internet. Notably, 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.

Please find below the “Issue Introduction: Turning a Transnational Corner” from the Journal of Transnational American Studies 11(2), in which the editor-in-chief, Nina Morgan, welcomes the Obama Institute:


Prof. Dr. Alfred Hornung
Philosophicum II
Jakob-Welder-Weg 20 (Room 02.207)
55128 Mainz

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