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Volume 15 (2017)
Quarterly (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall)
ISSN: 1543-4273
E-ISSN: 1559-0895

Early American Studies: 
An Interdisciplinary Journal

Sponsored by The McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Early American Studies is now a quarterly journal. The main reason we decided to move from three to four issues a year is to accommodate the increasing number of submissions and McNeil Center-sponsored conferences. The latter, along with initiatives of past fellows and others, warrant the publication of two special/theme/guest-edited issues a year, along with the two regular issues. The journal is dedicated to publishing original research on the histories and cultures of North America in the Atlantic world before 1850. Contributors and subscribers span the variety of disciplines concerned with early America, including history, art history, literary studies, religious studies, music, philosophy, and material culture studies, among others.

The new website for the American and Muslim worlds before 1900 conference has launched! Find out more about the conference here.

Announcement of the Early Americanists' March Madness Tournament

Every year The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History runs a tournament that focuses on some form of scholarship and gets the community to engage in a discussion concerning their favorite academic texts. This year they are planning to focus on articles that cover any period of early American history.

Early American Studies is honored to have as a participant in the tournament an article from Vol. 10.3 Fall 2012. The article is "Ecosystems Under Sail: Specimen and Transport in the Eighteenth-Century French and British Atlantic." by Christopher Parsons and Kathleen Murphy. Here is a link to the article.


Announcement of the new Editor:

Dear Colleagues:

I am absolutely delighted to announce that Roderick A. McDonald has been appointed editor of Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, for a term extending through June 2019.  ...more

Daniel K. Richter
The Richard S. Dunn Director
McNeil Center for Early American Studies


Interested readers can look forward to the following special issues:

  • “Beyond the Binaries: Critical Approaches to Sex and Gender in Early America” (Fall 2014/guest editor Rachel Hope Cleves),
  • “The Environment in Early America” (Spring 2015/Chris Parsons and Cameron Strang),
  • “Ligaments of the Early American Economy” (Fall 2015/Cathy Matson),
  • “1763: Pontiac and Paxton” (Spring 2016/Patrick Spero and John Smolenski),
  • “Race and Kinship” (Fall 2016/Brian Connolly and Dawn Peterson),
  • “Port Cities” (Spring 2017/Jessica Roney), and
  • “The Republics of Benjamin Rush (Fall 2017/Chris Bilodeau).


Congratulations to Samuel Biagetti. His article in the Winter 2014 issue of EAS, "Enlightenment and Revolution: The Case of Louisiana, 1768" was selected by the Louisiana Historical Association as the recipient of the Glenn R. Conrad Prize for best article published in any source during 2014-15 on any topic related to Louisiana History.

The John M. Murrin Prize

MCEAS awards the John M. Murrin Prize annually for the best essay published in Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

John Murrin, Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton University, has long been one of the most active members of the McNeil Center community, as former chair of its executive council, as a fixture of its advisory council, and as a witty and insightful participant in its seminars. Few living historians can match him as a master of the historical essay form, and so this prize is a particularly fitting tribute to his long career and his many contributions to early American studies. Recipients of the prize, which includes a cash award of $500, are chosen annually by the editorial board of Early American Studies. 

This year's recipient is Heather Kopelson for her wonderful “Imagining the Archive in Early Bermuda" which appeared in the Spring 2013 issue.

Last year's recipients were Christopher M. Parsons and Kathleen S. Murphy, for "Ecosystems under Sail: Specimen Transport in the Eighteenth-Century French and British Atlantics," which appeared in the Fall 2012 issue.

Initial funds for the prize were generously contributed by Professor Murrin's former students. Additional contributions are welcome to endow the award in perpetuity. Checks should be made out to "The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania," with "McNeil Center, Murrin Prize" entered in the memo line, and mailed to McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 3355 Woodland Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4531 Contributions are tax-deductible. Questions may be directed to mceas@ccat.sas.upenn.edu

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