Founded In    1999
Published   monthly
Language(s)   English

Fields of Interest


history, politics, foreign relations, literature, culture, film and television

ISSN   1753-5794
Editorial Board

Hannah Durkin, John Horne, Ceren Sengezer, Ben Offiler.  Associate Editors include Michelle Aaron , William Boelhower, Richard Crockatt, Mario Del Pero, Richard Ellis, Ali Fisher , Danielle Fuller, Chris Gair, Michael Heale, Sheila Hones, Matthew Jones, Liam Kennedy, Anouk Lang, Kaeten Mistry, Scott Lucas, David Ryan, Maria Ryan, Giles Scott-Smith, Bevan Sewell, Antonio Varsori, Paul Woolf, Chris Emery, Euan Gallivan.

Submission Guidelines and Editorial Policies

Articles should be sent to and should be 5,000-7,000 words in length, excluding notes and bibliography. Book, film, television, and web reviews should be approximately 750 words.  For articles we recommend the use of either Chicago Manual of Style (14th ed.) or MLA (6th ed.) citation guidelines. All text based articles to be sent in Microsoft Word format.  See website for further details

Mailing Address

Main contact editor
Ben Offiler, email

Journal’s Contact Information
The Editors,
49th Parallel,
Department of American and Canadian Studies,
School of Historical Studies,
The University of Birmingham,
B15 2TT,

49th Parallel: An Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies

49th Parallel is an interdisciplinary e-journal devoted to American and Canadian studies and looks to promote innovative and challenging academic work. The journal takes its name from the 1,270 mile border separating USA and Canada, and in this sense is keen to encourage dialogues and debates which transcend the boundaries of customary theoretical approaches to the culture, history, and politics of the North American continent. 

49th Parallel was established in 1999 at the University of Birmingham as a peer-review journal for a broad range of American Studies subjects, including history, politics, foreign relations, literature, culture, film and television.  It has since expanded and published its 24th issue in 2010.  It is run by post-graduates from both Birmingham and Nottingham and we encourage submissions from postgraduates and early-career researchers, as well as more established scholars, which is reflected in the range of published articles.  Previous editors include Chris Emery, Euan Gallivan, Joseph Roper, Eva Rus, Mark Straw, James Boys and Andrew Johnstone.


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, Issue 24

Issue 24 of the American Studies journal 49th Parallel contains several excellent articles covering a wide range of topics including U.S. foreign relations with Latin America during the 1960s; the U.S.-Israeli ‘special relationship; the origins of CIA public diplomacy during the early years of the Cold War; California’s nineteenth-century Mexican American history; the intersection of culture and international history; and the politics of early Hollywood images of Canadian history.

The Alliance for Progress during the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations: Laudable idea, poorly implemented?

The US-Israel special relationship: hegemon and client state or tail wagging the dog?

"Listen to Me! I Have Good Reason to Say This": California Testimonios as Early Chicana Feminist Resistance

The Origins of the CIA and the Non-Strategic Development of U.S. Political Warfare, 1946-47

Rethinking Culture and State in International History

Mistaken Images in Serge: Cecil B DeMille’s Northwest Mounted Police (1940)

Other Issues

Spring 2011, Issue 25