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.



The Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas (US ISSN 0587 5064) is a peer-reviewed journal published annually by the American Studies Association of Texas. It is indexed by the  MLA Directory of Periodicals Database, which is available online through EBSCO. The purpose of JASAT is to focus interdisciplinary attention on the most important thematic, methodological, and pedagogical issues in American culture. JASAT welcomes manuscripts 15-25 pages in length on various aspects of American culture—e.g., history, literature, popular culture, critical theory, technology, gender, race and ethnicity, and the arts—preferably with an emphasis on Texas, the South or Southwest.

Members of ASAT receive the annual journal as a benefit of their membership. For others, annual subscription rates in United States Postal zones are as follows: institutions $25, college and university libraries $20, secondary school libraries $15, students enrolled in appropriate courses $10 per issue. Teachers should endorse subscription requests. Single back issues, if available, $25. Other countries should add $5 for postage.

The deadline to submit a paper or book review to JASAT is April 1-July 31st. 

Manuscripts must be sent as an e-mail attachment in Word format. All manuscripts must conform to the APA (American Psychological Association) Style and should be submitted to the Editor, Sharon Bracken, JASAT, Department of Journalism, Baylor University, e-mail at Sharon_k_johnson@baylor.edu or Co-Acquisition Editors: Cassy Burleson, Ph.D., or Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D.,: Cassy_Burleson@baylor.edu or Mia_Moody@baylor.edu.

Editorial Staff

  •  Sharon_k_johnson@baylor.edu, Baylor University, Editor
  • Doug Ferdon, Ph.D., Editor Emeritus
  • Cassy Burleson, Ph.D., Baylor University, Co-Acquisitions Editor
  • Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., Baylor University, Co-Acquisitions Editor
  • Liz Fassih, Assistant Editor
  • Sawyer Smith, Editorial Assistant
  • Sean Ferrier-Watson, Collin College, Book Review Editor
  • Barbara Miles, ASAT, President

Editorial Board:

  • Barbara Miles, Sam Houston, State University, ASAT, President
  • Cassy Burleson, Ph.D., Baylor University, Co-Acquisition Editor
  • David Sonenschein, Independent Scholar, San Antonio
  • Debra D. Andrist, Sam Houston, State University
  • Doug Ferdon, Baylor University Emeritus
  • Elisabeth-Christine Muelsch, Angelo State University
  • Joe Fulton, Baylor University
  • John Tisdale, Texas Christian University
  • Larry J. Reynolds, Texas A&M University
  • Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., Baylor University, Co-Acquisition Editor
  • Richard Tuerk, Texas A&M University – Commerce
  • Todd Giles, Midwestern State University University

New JASAT Book Review Editor Named

Dr. Sean Ferrier-Watson (Collin College-Plano) was named as JASAT’s new Book Review Editor at the November business meeting.

Ferrier-Watson teaches classes for the Department of English at Collin College’s Spring Creek Campus. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature and Master of Arts degree in English from the University of North Texas.

His doctorate’s in English was completed at Texas A&M University-Commerce in December of 2013.


2015 ASAT Presenters


Baylor University was well represented at the 59th Annual American Studies of America (ASAT) Conference, held at Sam Houston State University, November 12-14, 2015.

Drs. Cassy Burleson, Mia Moody-Ramirez, and Liz Fassih, an American Studies Graduate Student, presented the following research papers:

  • “Contextualizing Creative Research” by Burleson
  • “Discourse Analysis of the Top Rachel Dolezal Internet Memes” by Moody-Ramirez
  • “The Connotative Differences between Iranians and Persians in the U.S.” by Fassih
  • “Spanning the Decades: An Analysis of Monica Lewinsky’s Image Restoration Strategies during a 2015 TED Talks Appearance” by Moody-Ramirez, Fassih and Macarena Hernandez

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2015 ASAT Presenters


Hannah Redder, a graduate candidate in the English Department at Midwestern State University, presented “River Stories: The Brazos and Cultural Identity in Knox County, Texas” at the American Studies Association of Texas conference, held on Nov. 13 at Sam Houston State University.