Mission Statement

The study of the U.S. takes place among scholars in many parts of the globe, but most living and working in the U.S. are unfamiliar with this work by their foreign colleagues. IFUSS works to internationalize the practice of “American Studies” in the U.S. by placing foreign and domestic scholars in dialogue. Simultaneously, it fosters scholarly relations across multiple national boundaries and regions outside the U.S. by bringing scholars from all parts of the globe together for shared research residencies and conferences. It is our belief that these multiple angles of vision, forged in the academic traditions and national contexts of each participant’s scholarly community, will yield a more complex understanding of the many facets of the U.S. than is otherwise possible.