The British Association for American Studies was founded in 1955. It exists to promote, support and encourage the study of the United States in the Universities, Colleges and Schools of the United Kingdom, and by independent scholars. It welcomes application forms from all those engaged in or connected with the study of the United States.
The website is intended to be the hub of the BAAS community with information on our awards, annual conferences, schools’ liaison work, calls for papers, publications, job listings, related research networks and a media contacts database through which we can share our expertise and increase our visibility. We continue to include BAAS news, resources and links, as well as information on our committee structures. We welcome communication from our members and from anyone interested in the work we do to promote the study of America in the UK.?Chair 2019-2022: Dr Cara Rodway, Deputy Head, Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library.
Special Announcement: BAAS Executive Committee Elections
Call for Nominations
In advance of the 2021 AGM (which will be held remotely on Tuesday June 8th 2021), elections will be held for the following posts:
- one Treasurer or two Co-Treasurers (three-year term)
- four Ordinary Members on the Executive Committee (three-year terms)
- one Early Career Representative (two-year term)
- any other offices that fall vacant before the AGM
Current incumbents of these positions may stand for re-election if not disbarred by the Constitution’s limits on length of continuous service in Committee posts, nor by clauses relating to particular roles.
Treasurer (x1) or Co-Treasurer (x2) – three-year term
The Treasurer is responsible for the Association’s accounts, and plays an important role in directing and implementing BAAS’s strategy. In addition to reporting on the accounts to the membership and to the Charity Commission, the Treasurer’s duties include disbursement of grants and awards, overseeing the payroll, and working closely with the Association’s accountants and administrators to maintain the financial health and integrity of the Association. Moreover, the Treasurer, by overseeing and shaping the disbursement of Association funds, helps BAAS fulfil its strategic priorities; namely, advancing the discipline in the UK and beyond, and promoting a more sustainable, inclusive, and accessible approach to American Studies pedagogy and research. This role may also be shared by two people and joint nominations are welcome; interested parties are invited to discuss the role (and its division, if appropriate) with our current Co-Treasurers, Dr Eilidh Hall and Dr Nicole Willson. Please email treasurer@ for more information.
Ordinary Members (x4) – three-year term
Ordinary Members will be invited to sit on one of the four BAAS sub-committees: Publications, Awards, Conferences, or Development and Education. As part of their portfolio, they will be encouraged to contribute to and report back on new and ongoing BAAS projects (including work with schools, collaborations with other academic organisations, and engagement with HE/FE strategy). In addition to this work, all Executive Committee members are invited to contribute to the judging of our annual Awards schemes. More broadly, Ordinary Members help to promote and advance the discipline in the UK and beyond, and to make BAAS an inclusive, accessible, transparent, and responsive organisation which proactively champions the needs of its diverse community of members.
Early Career Representative (x1) – two-year term
The Early Career Representative promotes the interests of early career scholars (broadly defined). This includes working closely with the Development and Education Sub-Committee to tackle precarity and exploitation in higher education, and ensuring that BAAS opportunities (including awards, conferences, and grants) recognise and promote the diverse talents of early career scholars. Per the Constitution, candidates for Early Career Representative must have an institutional affiliation (including honorary affiliation) and be working on any aspect of American Studies. To be eligible to stand, candidates for Early Career representative must be within three years of successfully completing their PhD and must have submitted the final post-viva version of their PhD at least two weeks before the ballot opens. An Early Career representative who has completed one full term in office may not stand for re-election as Early Career representative. Interested parties are invited to contact our current representative, Dr James West, at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the role.
All elected candidates will be made Trustees of BAAS. BAAS will reimburse travel (and, where appropriate, accommodation) expenses for attendance at Executive Committee meetings, along with registration costs for the BAAS annual conference and/or the BAAS PG conference for members of the Executive Committee. Currently, all Executive Committee meetings are being held remotely; as part of BAAS’ ongoing commitment to access, inclusion and environmental sustainability, we are likely to conduct a mixture of in-person meetings (coinciding with the annual conference, for instance) and remote meetings.
The AGM will take place remotely at 13:00 BST on Tuesday, June 8th 2021. Election results can only be confirmed if the meeting is quorate; please make every effort to attend.
As permitted by the 2016 constitution, BAAS elections will take place via advance electronic voting. There will be no in-person ballot as the AGM will take place remotely.
The procedure for nominations is as follows: Nominations should reach Dr Rachel Williams (Secretary) by the strict deadline of midnight BST on Friday May 14th 2021.
Nominations should be on the appropriate form (see link below), signed by a proposer, seconder, and the candidate, who should state willingness to serve if elected. Electronic signatures are acceptable. The institutional affiliations (or status as independent scholar) of the candidate, proposer and seconder should be included. The proposer and seconder should not be from the candidate’s own institution.
All candidates for office are asked to provide a brief statement outlining their educational backgrounds, areas of teaching and/or research interests and their vision of the role of BAAS in the upcoming years. We also ask that those standing for election give consideration to matters of equality and diversity in their statements, and include any suggestions for approaches or initiatives in this area.?We particularly welcome nominations from groups traditionally underrepresented in the Association.
Statements should be sent to Rachel Williams (R.Williams3@hull.ac.uk) along with the completed nomination form so that they can be posted online. Those standing for election are expected to be BAAS members and to attend the remote AGM.
Copies of the nomination forms may be downloaded here.
Dr Rachel Williams
Department of English, Creative Writing, and American Studies
University of Hull