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The Appalachian Studies Association was formed in 1977 by a group of scholars, teachers, and regional activists who believed that shared community has been and will continue to be important to those writing, researching, and teaching about Appalachia.

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The ASA is headquartered at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Mary Thomas, Executive Director, and Christopher Leadingham, Office Manager, can be reached via email at and, respectively.

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39th ASA Annual Conference

Voices from the Misty Mountains: Diversity and Unity, a New Appalachia

March 18-20, 2016

Shepherd University,
Shepherdstown, West Virginia

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Our Mission

To promote scholarly research about the Appalachian region, the Appalachian Studies Association publishes two issues of the Journal of Appalachian Studies (JAS) each year. The first publication, entitled Proceedings of the Annual Appalachian Studies Conference, incorporated papers presented at the annual Appalachian Studies Conference. In order to encourage library subscriptions, the name was changed to theJournal of the Appalachian Studies Association (JASA) in 1989. The publication, which now includes papers, reviews, studies, articles, and essays, was given its current name when the ASA moved to its first main headquarters at West Virginia University in the early 1990s.  The JASis now published at Marshall University in Huntington, WV, where the main ASA office is now located.

By providing a venue for pieces regarding all aspects of Appalachia, the JAS is one way in which the Association fulfills its mission. Subscriptions to the JAS are included in annual Appalachian Studies Association and Conference membership. Articles, essays, and studies included in the JAS come from a wide array of disciplines. Anyone can submit work to the JAS for publication consideration, but all submissions must follow the guidelines on the Journal Submissions page.

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Call for Papers
for a Journal of Appalachian Studies Forum
On Economic Development in Appalachia

The Journal of Appalachian Studies announces a special two-year forum on sustainable economic development in Appalachia, starting with the journal’s Spring 2016 (Vol 22, No 1) issue and ending with the Fall 2017 (Vol 23, No 2) issue.

We invite the submission of manuscripts dealing with practices relevant to sustainable economic development in Appalachian communities. We will consider a wide-range of scholarship from a variety of disciplines and applied fields. Manuscripts focusing on economic development theory, empirical and/or applied research, or narrative essays on development issues will be welcome. We also seek research, which compares Appalachia to other regions in the world.

Scholars are encouraged to submit papers addressing, but not limited to, the following topics:

Tourism and developmentSocial capital, trust, politics, and development
InfrastructureBroadband and technology
Education, labor, capital, and developmentFunding community and economic development
EntrepreneurshipPlace-based development
Local food movementsDowntown development
Local currencyLand ownership
Environmental capital and sustainable developmentGender and development
Taxes and developmentThe creative class in Appalachia
Vision-buildingPublic participation methods
Health care and its effects on developmentGlobalization
The CommonsPrivatization and neoliberalism
Cooperatives, non-profits, employee-owned businessCredit, access to capital
Out- and in-migration and developmentSocial change, policy and movements

The deadline for manuscripts to be considered for publication for the Spring 2016 issue is July 1, 2015. The deadline for the Fall 2016 issue is February 1, 2016; the Spring 2017 deadline is July 1, 2016; and the Fall 2017 issue deadline is February 1, 2017.

Articles should be submitted electronically to the JAS online manuscript submission portal. This secure, personalized resource will allow you to track your manuscript through each step of the review and acceptance process. To get started, and view manuscript submission guidelines, visit the Journal's submissions page. Questions about the forum and/or the review process should be directed to the Journal’s Editor, Shaunna Scott, at or to the Forum’s Special Editor, Will Hatcher, at

Library/Institutional Subscription Rates

Print Only$70.00
Print + Electronic$105.00
Electronic Only$85.00

Libraries wishing to subscribe to the journal may use the online payment system via the University of Illinois Press or complete the form and mail payment to:

Journals Division
University of Illinois Press
1325 South Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820

Please make checks payable to the Appalachian Studies Association.

*Individuals wishing to subscribe to the journal may do so by joining the Association.

Indexing Information:
The Journal of Appalachian Studies is indexed indexed and available full-text in EBSCO Host and JSTOR.