California American Studies Association


About CASA

Since it was founded in 1981, CASA has always been an open, inclusive regional organization devoted to promoting the field of American Studies, particularly in California. Our annual conference regularly welcomes undergraduate and graduate students, K-12 educators, college and university faculty, and community members. Membership in the American Studies Association is not required of conference presenters and attendees.


CASA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Jackie Donath Graduate Student Paper Prize: Anandi Rao and Rachael de la Cruz, from University of California Irvine, for their paper "Pushing Back against Corporate and Conservative Uses of Pluralism: A Graduate Student Perspective". They will be presenting this paper with other regional prizewinners at the national ASA meeting in November in Denver.

CASA Annual Meeting

Each year, CASA sponsors an academic conference to bring together scholars working in and around the field of American Studies. CASA 2017 will be held at Cal State Long Beach. Recent conferences have been held at the University of California Berkeley, San Diego State University, The Claremont Colleges, Soka University, and Cal State Fullerton. In even-numbered years, we hold focused one-day conferences, most recently about the Corporatization of Higher Education and about Religion in California. In odd-numbered  years, we hold two-day conferences, welcoming panels and individuals addressing all major aspects of the critical study of American cultures.


CASA Officers

President: Elaine Lewinnek, California State University, Fullerton (
Treasurer: Ed Blum, San Diego State University (
Representative to the Regional Chapters Committee: Brett Mizelle, California State University, Long Beach (
Community Representatives: Ray Kibler III, Independent Scholar (; Courtney Foley, Independent Scholar 
Student Representatives: Darcy Anderson, California State University, Fullerton (; Jasmine Mayfied, California State University, Fullerton (

Links to American Studies Programs in California