From ASAT President Barbara Miles


At the 2014 post-conference officers’ meeting, we capitalized on the success of the event by pledging to promote our chapter and its annual meeting in as many ways as possible. By post-conference 2015, we had expanded our website (thank you, David Sonenschein), begun using social media and updated our membership records.

This year we added an updated blog feature to our website, thanks to the efforts of Mia Moody-Ramirez (Baylor), who began the work on a chapter newsletter. This is our inaugural issue.

Sharon Gripp and her staff at Baylor continue to do an outstanding job of editing and publishing the Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas (JASAT) annually, which includes academic scholarship of the highest caliber.

Sean Ferrier-Watson (Collin College) joined the staff this year as book review editor, which can only mean good things for the journal.

This year’s goal, in honor of the chapter’s 60th anniversary, is to create a digitized archive of our conference history, beginning with the videoing of this year’s meeting.

Sam Houston State University, with the generous support of its Office of the Provost-Academic Affairs, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Honors College and English Department, has been honored to host the ASAT conference from 2014 to 2016. It has been my privilege to serve

as the organization’s president and Conference Coordinator during that time. Whether our campus hosts the event again in 2017, or it is held at another Texas college or university, do not miss the opportunity to participate in future meetings. They offer a lively forum for discussion of diverse thought in the field of American Studies.

Other ways to support the organization’s efforts include membership in ASAT and submissions to both JASAT and this newsletter. These publications offer opportunities to widely promote your academic efforts and those of your university’s AS programs and faculty.

For more information, visit


Barbara Miles,

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas

ASAT President

& 2016 Conference Coordinator



The founder of Critical Studies Blog, Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of journalism, public relations and new media at Baylor University. She specializes in new media portrayals of women and people of color. Her recent papers focus on the effects of the James Byrd Jr. dragging death on Jasper, Facebook hate groups, stereotypes of President Barack and Michelle Obama, male and female rappers’ differing views on the “independent woman,” and coverage of missing women.

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