UC Riverside Scholar Leads American Studies Association

Emory ElliottRIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – Emory Elliott, distinguished professor of English at UCR, gave his first address as president of the American Studies Association at the group’s annual conference Oct. 12 through 15 in Oakland.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to lead this innovative and progressive organization, and I hope to extend and strengthen its international connections to American Studies associations around the world,” said Elliott, who directs the UCR Center for Ideas and Society.

He chaired the English Department at Princeton University before coming to UC Riverside in 1989. In 2001 he was named as a University Professor, which designates him as a valuable resource for the entire UC system.

The American Studies Association, founded in 1951, promotes the study of American culture — past and present. Members come from many fields including history, literature, religion, art, philosophy, music, science, folklore, ethnic studies, anthropology, material culture, museum studies, sociology, government, communications, education, library science, gender studies, popular culture, and others.

Members of the ASA include teachers, faculty, students, librarians, museum directors and other professionals interested in all segments of American life. They approach American culture from many directions but have in common the desire to view America as a whole rather from the perspective of a single discipline.


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