Founded In    1994
Published   annually
Language(s)   English

Fields of Interest


American literature, history, art, music, film, popular culture, institutions, politics, economics, geography and related subjects

ISSN   1300-6606
Editorial Board

Editor in Chief
Özlem Uzundemir, Çankaya University, Ankara
Laurence Raw, Başkent University, Ankara
Film Review Editor
Berkem Gürenci Sağlam, Başkent University, Ankara
Book Review Editor
Mehmet Ali Çelikel, Pamukkale University, Denizli
Associate Editor
Berkem Gürenci Sağlam

Editorial Board
Anthony Bak Buccitelli, Pennsylvania State University
Gert Buelens, Ghent University, Belgium
Roger Chapman, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Florida
Nicholas J. Cull, University of Southern California
Philip Davies, De Montfort University, UK
Gerald Duchovnay, Texas A&M University, Commerce
David N. Eldridge, University of Hull, UK
Aynur Erdoğan, University of Gröningen, Netherlands
David Epsey, University of Pennsylvania
Barış Gümüşbaş, Hacettepe University, Ankara
Eric Gruver, Texan A&M University, Commerce
Perin Gürel, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Martin Halliwell, University of Leicester, UK
Aleksandra Izgarjan, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
Will Kaiser, Edward Waters College, Florida
Ayse Lahur Kırtunç, Emeritus, Ege University, İzmir
Elisabetta Marino, University of Rome, Italy
Manav Ratti, Salisbury University, Maryland
Atilla Silkü, Ege University, İzmir
Meldran Tanrısal, Hacettepe University, Ankara
Michelle Tokarczyk, Goucher College, Baltimore, MD
Tanfer Emin Tunç, Hacettepe University, Ankara
Eduardo B. Vasconcelos, Universidade Estadual de Goiás, Brazil

Submission Guidelines and Editorial Policies

The Editorial Board welcomes submission of material for consideration as an article, as a book or film review, as a comment on articles previously published in the Journal of American Studies of Turkey or an announcement of past or future events. Articles should be approximately 5000-6000 words in length, book reviews should not exceed 800 words, and comments and notes should be as brief as possible. Articles should be consistent with the objectives and scope of the Journal of American Studies of Turkey. All articles are subject to stylistic editing.

No manuscript will be considered for publication if it is currently under consideration by another journal or press or if it has been published or is soon to be published elsewhere. Both restrictions apply to the substance as well as to the exact wording of the manuscript. If the manuscript is accepted, the editorial board expects that its appearance in the Journal of American Studies of Turkey will precede republication of the essay, or any significant part thereof, in another work.

Authors should allow three to six months for a reply after the submission of the manuscript.

Manuscripts should be arranged in the following order of presentation. First sheet: title, subtitle (if any), author's name, affiliation, full postal address, telephone number, e-mail address, and acknowledgements (if any). Respective affiliations and addresses of co-authors should be clearly indicated. Subsequent sheets: main body of text, list of references (works cited), notes (if any),and appendices (if any). The text should be organized under appropriate section headings where possible.

Notes, limited to explanatory ones, should be included only when absolutely necessary. The MLA-2009 author-page style of documentation should be strictly observed.

Book reviews should include a brief description of the subjects covered in the book; an evaluation of the book's strength and weaknesses; and the kind(s) of audiences to whom the book might appeal. The heading of the review should include the following information:

  1. Title.
  2. Author(s) or Editor(s).
  3. Publication date.
  4. Number of pages.
  5. Price of book and postage and handling charges (if known).
  6. Name and address of publisher

Manuscripts should be prepared in Microsoft Word, double-spaced (including notes and works cited) with wide unjustified margins. They can be e-malied directly to our editors Laurence Raw and Ozlem Uzundemir.

The copyright of all material published will be vested in the Journal of American Studies of Turkey unless otherwise specifically agreed.


Journal of American Studies of Turkey

A biannual print and on-line publication of the American Studies Association of Turkey, the Journal of American Studies of Turkey publishes work in English by scholars of any nationality on American literature, history, art, music, film, popular culture, institutions, politics, economics, geography and related subjects. The Editorial Board particularly welcomes articles which cross conventional borders between academic disciplines as well as comparative studies of American and other cultures.

Journal of American Studies of Turkey also publishes creative work, notes, comments as well as book and film reviews. All articles are reviewed by an objective, blind peer-referee process before acceptance. Prospective authors should examine the details for the preparation and submission of papers.

Journal of American Studies of Turkey has been indexed in the MLA International Bibliography, Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory, and the American Humanities Index since the publication of its first issue of Spring 1995, and in the MLA Directory of Periodicals since 1999.

The JAST homepage, containing various information and all articles, is available below.


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Special U.S. History Issue , Number 22

Alfred Stieglitz’s Camera Work, and the Early Cultivation of American Modernism

This article focuses on Stieglitz, his gallery, and the journal Camera Work as cultivators of modernism. It is not Stieglitz, the photographer, that is most critical, but Stieglitz and his coterie of modernist painters and writers who took the spirit of the new art forward to a largely unappreciative American audience. This marked the beginnings of modernist criticism and a modernist American worldview. Modernism itself became the broad brush that reflected a changing and increasingly mechanized and science-based world of new opportunities, possibilities, and problems. Artists of this early period attempted to come to grips with this change in many ways and forms. In the cultural confusion of the time, this often resembled an avant-garde vs. anti-avant-garde clash. At the heart of this modernism was a previously unheard of independent spirit and concern for self-expression in whatever vision the artist chose for this expression, be it non-representative, non-objective, or abstract. The Camera Work critics and artists are then historically important even though post modernist musings might see them as useless vestiges of an unacceptable past plagued by racism, homophobia, sexism, and capitalism

An Angel Directs the Storm: Apocalyptic Religion & American Empire by Michael Northcott

Anadolu’dan Yeni Dünya’ya: Amerika’ya İlk Göç Eden Türklerin Yaşam Öyküleri (From Anatolia to the New World: Tales of the First Immigrant Turks in America) by Rıfat N. Bali

Cinderella Man by Ron Howard

Seabiscuit by Gary Ross

History and Enterprise: Past, Profit, and Future in the United States

Most people who value history and see it as fundamental to civic virtue, know that its importance is not linked to the theory or interpretation de jour, but to the rigor it requires in examining evidence and coming to conclusions. The need for rigor transcends the classroom and the museum. The veracity of campaign statements is important, the historical precedents for policy decisions are critical, and a good understanding of one’s personal historical links to the society in which one lives is fundamental to one’s sense of citizenship. The United States is not a nation with no use for a past and with a population focused only on the future. There is a deep and very American way of seeing and using the past. The manner in which Americans approach and “consume” their history may not satisfy many of its professional practitioners. But we all need to understand that an interest is there, has always been there, and has produced a certain set of rules. The trick now, the bottom line if you will, is for those who value history to work with and within what one might call an historical consumption system and to use it in a manner that will make ordinary citizens more critical consumers of the historical product.

From Rehabilitation to “Just Deserts”: A History of Juvenile Justice in the United States

The year 1999 marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the first juvenile court in the United States, in Chicago, Illinois. Over the last one hundred years, the juvenile justice system has grown and is now firmly entrenched in the United States. The founding of juvenile courts in 1899 represented the culmination of decades of change in criminology and the handling of juveniles who came into contact with the law because of delinquency or dependence. Today there exists a juvenile court in every state, and it is nearly impossible to envision the legal system of the United States without envisioning a special forum that addresses the legal problems of children. This article traces the development of the juvenile justice system in the United States and the competing conceptions of childhood underlying the administration of justice for young people.

An Interview with Eric S. Edelman

An Interview with Richard Pells

Power, Terror, Peace and War: America’s Grand Strategy in a World at Risk by Walter Russell Mead

Amerika: Özgürlük Havarisi Mi? Yoksa Günah Keçisi Mi? (America: A Messenger of Freedom or Scapegoat?) by Okan Arslan and Selçuk Arı

Osmanlı-Amerikan İlişkileri (Ottoman-American Relations) by Nurdan Şafak

Surprise, Security, and the American Experience by John Lewis Gaddis

Other Issues

Spring 2015, Issue 41