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The Columbia Journal of American Studies (CJAS) is a peer-reviewed annual journal that publishes original works examining American society and culture, both past and present. The journal was founded in 1995 by graduate students and faculty in ColumbiaÍs Liberal Studies M.A. Program, which offers a concentration in American Studies.

Today, CJAS is an official annual publication of ColumbiaÍs Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

In keeping with our roots, CJAS seeks to exist in the spaces between disciplines, providing opportunities for the exploration of topics that sometimes fall through the cracks in traditional journals. We encourage submissions from cultural observers, at home and abroad, and academics at all stages of their careers. However, we remain dedicated to publishing pieces that represent the best of the field, and conform to the highest standards of scholarly work. CJAS is a peer-reviewed journal.

Our current issue includes articles by Edward Ingesbreten (Director of American Studies at Georgetown University), Wallace Jackson (Professor Emeritus of English at Duke University), James M. Salem (Director of American Studies at the University of Alabama) Grace Russo Bullaro (Professor of English at Lehman College/CUNY) as well as graduate students of American Studies at Yale, Brown, Kansas, and Columbia Universities.

Many CJAS articles have appeared as parts of major books, including:

* Terrible Honesty: Mongrel Manhattan in the 1920s (Noonday Press, 1996) by Ann Douglas
* Once Upon an American Dream: The Story of Euro Disneyland (University of Kansas Press, 1997) by Andrew Lainsbury
* Cool Comfort: America's Romance with Air-Conditioning (Smithsonian Institution Press, 2002) by Marsha Ackerman
* Bananas: An American History (Smithsonian Institution Press, 2002) by Virginia Scott Jenkins
* Metal of Honor: MontanaÍs World War II Homefront, Movies, and the Social Politics of White Male Anxiety (University of Chicago Press, 2004) by Matthew Basso

CJAS contributor John Canemaker (ñSerious Toons,î Vol. 2, 1996) won this yearÍs Oscar in the Best Animated Short Film category for his autobiographical film The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation.

For more information on submitting a paper, please see our submissions guidelines. If you are interested in becoming a peer reviewer, please email your credentials to cjas@columbia.edu

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