Special Series

Need some inspiration? At U.S. Studies Online we are looking for blog posts on the topics listed below. 

This list will be updated regularly, so do come back!

Call for Contributions

Race and the Carceral State: Race Relations in the U.S. today

On the eve of one of the most significant presidential elections in United States history and against the backdrop of historic police violence against black communities in America, U.S. Studies Online is calling for contributions on the significance and condition of race relations at this uncertain time and the ways in which they are likely to be affected in the years to come. This series will be framed by our discussion of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me in Book Hour at the end of November.

Submissions on any aspect of race relations, activism, police violence and the state in the contemporary United States are welcome. Pieces should be no more than 1200 words and submitted by November 14th.

Please email Ruth with your contributions or any questions you might have: usso@baas.ac.uk




Media Coverage and the Presidential Election of 2016: DEADLINE EXTENDED

January 2017 US Studies Online

The American presidential election of 2016 has prompted many different issues between the various candidates who represent a plethora of interests.  However, from amongst the numerous interests, there are patterns that seem to emerge in how they are discussed and presented to the public.  These patterns relate to what venue Americans decide to find their information concerning the election- either through traditional media venues (newpapers, television news, etc.) or through social media (YouTube new channels, Facebook, etc.).  Whether it is about the Democratic or Republican nomination or just the general election, there appears to be a dichotomy in the coverage of the election established by the two types of media venues.

Therefore, it is important to verify if this dichotomy actually exists and, if so, define how traditional media venues and social media venues cover and report the presidential election.  Is there a consistent difference in how traditional media mediums and newer social media venues report the issues that Americans deem important?  Do social media outlets provide a more accurate depiction of the election, given their greater freedom in coverage, or do traditional media venues still offer the best option for information?

Media Coverage in the American Presidential Election of 2016 poses these questions to all interested and suggests to approach the topic through the various topics (but not limited to):

  • “Establishment” vs “anti-establishment” politics
  • Patriotism vs nativism
  • Inequality
  • Populism, socialism, conservatism, progressivism, libertarianism, and other ideologies
  • The politics of “an America in decline”
  • Feminism and sexism
  • Freedom of speech and the Citizens United decision
  • Third Party Politics
  • The Tea Party, Occupy and other social movements
  • Media aesthetics/style

Submission Guidelines

Please send abstracts of not more than 250 words and a short CV by 30 November 2016 to the following email address: Alfred_Cardone@hotmail.com

Find information on Facebook at the community page “Media Coverage and the Presidential Election of 2016- USSO”


Call for contributors: Richard Yates series

We are currently looking for writers interested in contributing to our forthcoming series on American novelist Richard Yates. If this sounds like something you’d like to be involved in then let us know!

Email usso@baas.ac.uk for more information.


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