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Emory Elliott to Lead American Studies Association

UC Riverside Scholar to Lead the American Studies Association

Professor Emory Elliott Brings Experience in Interdisciplinary Studies

(March 14, 2005)

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Emory Elliott

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- UC Riverside Distinguished Professor Emory Elliott has been elected president of the American Studies Association, a national organization of over 5,000 scholars and teachers in a wide range of disciplines who study the United States.

His three-year term begins on July 1. He will serve as president-elect for 2005-6, president for 2006-7, and past-president for 2007-8 with each year requiring different duties.

“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.

Elliott has already received the UCR Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award, the UCR Graduate Mentor/Advisor Award, UCR Rosemary Schraer Humanitarian Award, among many others throughout his distinguished career.

He has published 13 books, including "Power and Pulpit in Puritan New England" and "Revolutionary Writers: Literature and Authority in the New Republic, 1725-1810." He is also general editor of "The Columbia Literary History of the United States" and "The Columbia History of the American Novel," two widely used references by scholars of American literature.

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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