EBSCO to Include ASAT Newsletter in Database

EBSCOhost, a division of EBSCO Industries, has selected the American Studies Association of Texas Newsletter (editor Mia Moody-Ramirez-Baylor) to be included in its numerous database holdings. Issues of the publication will appear as full text.

Mia Moody, ASAT Newsletter Editor
Sharon Griff, JASAT Editor

Issues of The Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas (JASAT) (editor Sharon Bracken-Baylor) from 2006 to present are currently available as full text.

EBSCOhost is a premium database platform that services the research needs of millions of users at thousands of academic, governmental and military institutions around the world.

Please submit your articles, photos and links to video clips, if you would like to be included in the upcoming issue of the ASAT newsletter. Thank you!

Best Regards,

Barbara Miles, ASAT President

Paul Ruffin Dead at 74

Paul Ruffin, 2009 Texas State Poet Laureate, Texas State University System Regents’ professor and SHSU distinguished professor of English, died at his home in Montgomery County on Wednesday, April 13th at the age of 74.

He was founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Review — an international literary journal — and Texas Review Press, a member of the Texas A&M University Press Consortium. He was also active in TACWT and other creative writing organizations.

His career saw the publication of more than 1,500 poems, 100-plus stories, and more than 90 essays in magazines and journals. His work also has appeared in numerous anthologies and textbooks. He also wrote a weekly column that appeared in several newspapers in Texas and Mississippi.

His most recent book, published last November, is The Time the Waters Rose And Stories of the Gulf Coast.

Ruffin is survived by his wife, Amber, and his three children.

2016 Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference



Drs. Cassy Burleson and Mia Moody/Ramirez represented the Baylor  University American Studies Department at the 2016 Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference. Burleson presented “Apples Don’t Fall Far from the Tree: Tracing the Trail to ‘Her Texas: Story, Image, Poem & Song.'” Moody-Ramirez presented “Discourse Analysis of the Top Rachel Dolezal Internet Memes.”

The 37th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference was held Feb. 10-13 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center in Albuquerque, N.M. The mission of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) is to promote an innovative and nontraditional academic movement in Humanities and Social Sciences and to celebrate America’s cultural heritages.

The organization aims to provide an outlet for scholars, writers and others interested in popular/American culture, to share ideas in a professional atmosphere, and to increase awareness and improve public perceptions of America’s cultural traditions and diverse populations.

Several Baylor professors and students from various disciplines attended the conference. Conference presentations were educational and enlightening.

“Attending the conference was a great experience for me,” Moody-Ramirez said. “I hope to return each year.”


American Studies Student Spotlight

Baylor Student Earns Many Kudos

Liz Fassih, a graduate student in the American Studies Program at Baylor University, has earned many kudos while at Baylor University. She has presented at numerous conferences and co-written several journal articles. Last year, she was named Top Graduate Student in the Baylor University Department of Journalism, PR & New Media and the American Studies Program. After graduating from Baylor in May, she plans to pursue a J.D./Ph.D. joint program. She has been accepted into the following  programs: the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, the University of Michigan, the University of Virginia and Duke University.

While attending Baylor University, Liz’s research has primarily focused on Iranian-Americans and how they are depicted in mass media messages. She serves as an editorial assistant for the American Studies Association of Texas blog and the Journal of American Studies Association of Texas.  The Cleveland native received her bachelor’s degree in social studies education from Bowling Green State University. The video below features Liz with Dr. Mia Moody-Ramirez, the Baylor American Studies Program Director. 

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Liz Fassih, Baylor University American Studies Graduate Student

JASAT Excerpts

The Love Song of Larry J. McMurtry: The Last Picture Show

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 By: Giddings, Greg; JASAT (Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas), 2013 Nov; 44: 57-64. (journal article), Database: MLA International Bibliography Subjects: alienation; film adaptation; Bogdanovich, Peter

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Wounds of Imperfection: Spirituality and Syncretism in Rilla Askew’s Fiction 

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 By: Hada, Kenneth; JASAT (Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas), 2013 Nov; 44: 45-56. (journal article), Database: MLA International Bibliography Subjects: religious beliefs; religious syncretism

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Book Reviewers Needed

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

As the new book review editor for Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas (JASAT), I would like to invite any interested scholar to write a review for our upcoming issue. Attached is a list of books to consider from different publishing houses. If you have a particular book in mind, I am willing to consider any book that explores a topic dealing with American history, literature, journalism, or culture. The reviews need to be roughly 350 words long.

The current list of books covers a variety of topics—pop culture, literature, film, history, philosophy, politics, journalism, pedagogy, composition, and cultural issues—and hopefully covers a topic you are currently researching or might have an interest in studying. Please feel free to share this list with your colleagues and graduate students as well. As many of you know, book reviews are a great way for graduate students to get their first publication.

Here is a link to our book review guidelines: http://asatexas.org/bkreview.html. Basic membership in ASAT is required to write a review ($25 per year). The deadline for committing to a review is Feb. 22. We will need completed drafts by April 1.

If you would like to complete a review this year, please email your top three picks to sferrier-watson@collin.edu.

Sean Ferrier-Watson

Midwestern State University Presenters at ASAT


The following Midwestern State faculty members and graduate student presented papers at the 2015 ASAT conference, held Nov. 13-15 at Sam Houston State University.

Hannah Redder, a graduate student in the English program, presented “River Stories: The Brazos and Cultural Identity in Knox County, Texas.”

John Schulze, Assistant Professor of English, presented his paper titled “Fertile Ground: An Exploration of the German-American Internment Experience during WWII.”

Todd Giles, Assistant Professor of English, presented “Space Monkeys, Haiku, and Emptiness: The Misguided Zen of Fight Club.”

Greg Giddings, Assistant Professor of English, presented “Larry Brown’s Joe vs. David Gordon Green’s Film: A Contrast in Masculinities.”



Meet the JASAT Editor


Sharon Bracken, editor of the Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas , is going on her tenth year of service for the American Studies Association of Texas. She has served as the managing editor for JASAT since 2006.

Bracken is a  senior lecturer at Baylor University in the Department of Journalism, PR & New Media, which houses the university’s American Studies Program. Bracken is the department’s undergraduate program director and director of curriculum development. She teaches courses in:

  • Public Relations
  • Editing
  • Writing for Media Markets

Bracken is the previous managing editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, the leading scholarly journal in the field of entrepreneurship, published by Baylor University, 1994-2006. She also served as editor of two national trade publications in healthcare for Stevens Publishing (1991-1994) and a public relations consultant and freelance writer for Ernst & Young and AT&T.

She has written numerous articles for national health care publications and continues to work in the health care field. Locally, she publishes Waco Health & Wellness magazine through her publishing company, CBM Publishing.

Bracken’s accomplishments include working at Raytheon Technical Services Company on a multi-billion dollar government proposal and completing the book Historic McLennan County: An Illustrated History

Bracken is interested in animal rights issues and has assisted in writing grant applications and coordinating efforts among groups to better serve the community. She enjoys reading and writing.

Updates & Reminders from the ASAT President


I want to thank all of those who contributed to making ASAT 2015 such a success. From the support of SHSU administration to session presentations, all came together to create a very enjoyable and informative event.

Here are some updates and reminders for the conference year:

By unanimous decision, all ASAT officers currently serving were re-elected for 2015-2016. ASAT 2016 will again be held at SHSU, and I will again serve as conference coordinator.

The deadline to submit a paper or book review to JASAT is April 1-July 31st. Remember that this is a highly-respected, peer-reviewed journal, so if your presentation was well-received at this year’s conference, please consider submitting it. This is a great way to promote our chapter.

Any current ASAT members who have books and/or articles published in 2015-2016 need to share that information with us so that we can offer official high fives to you.

In an effort to promote ASAT 2016, a broadened definition of “presentation” that includes exhibits, short performances, and poster research will be emphasized on the conference CFP.
The conference CFP will be posted by March 15th, with a deadline of September 15th in an effort to provide more prep time for those submitting abstracts.

The ASAT email remains active throughout the year. Please do not hesitate to contact me with your questions and/or comments. Also, check out http://www.asatexas.org for more information regarding JASAT, and highlights of ASAT 2015 when they become available. Also, consider posting to the website blog-encourage others to get involved in the chapter and the conference.

Barbara Miles,
ASAT President

2015 ASAT Conference

The 2015 ASAT annual meeting and conference was held November 13-15, 2015, in Huntsville, Texas. It was sponsored by the Sam Houston State University English department with the generous support of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Office of Academic Affairs. 

The theme was “Contextualizing Conflict, Culture and Community” in celebration of multidisciplinary interpretations and iterations of American Studies. Below are various photos from the event.