African Studies Review

The African Studies Review (ASR) is the principal academic and scholarly journal of the African Studies Association. ASR appears three times per year in April, September, and December, and is one of the many benefits of membership. The mission of the ASR is to publish the highest quality articles, as well as book and film reviews in all academic disciplines that are of interest to the interdisciplinary audience of ASA members.


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African Studies Council Members Receive ASA Service Award

Sean Redding (History Amherst College) and Elliot Fratkin (Anthropology Smith College) were honored at the 2017 African Studies Association annual meeting in Chicago (Nov 18, 2017) with the ASA Service Award for their editorship of the association's journal the African Studies Review (ASR) from 2010–2017.

Re-established in 2013, the ASA Service Award is designed to recognize individuals or organizations that have distinguished themselves through outstanding dedication to the ASA’s mission of encouraging production and dissemination of knowledge about Africa. The ASA Board of Directors serves as the selection committee for the ASA Service Award. In 2017, the Board of Directors recognized Elliot Fratkin (Gwendolyn Carter Professor of African Studies and Anthropology at Smith College) and Sean Redding (Zephaniah Swift Moore Professor of History at Amherst College) with the ASA Service award.

Elliot Fratkin and Sean Redding were selected for their outstanding work as Editors-in-Chief of the African Studies Review, one of the ASA’s two flagship journals, from 2010 to 2017. Under their dedicated and tireless leadership of the Five College Editorial Team, the journal’s prestige improved significantly. They created an international advisory board, broadened the participation of African and junior scholars, instituted the annual African Studies Review Distinguished Lecture, ran workshops for emerging scholars, and ensured the timely, thoughtful review and publication of articles, book reviews, and film reviews of broad interdisciplinary interest.


Nationally recognized as a center for the study of Africa, the Five College consortium was the home to the African Studies Review  for 20 years (1996–2017).

Editorship of the ASR by the Five Colleges began in 1997 under Ralph Faulkingham (Anthropology UMass) and Mitzi Goheen (Anthropology Amherst C) with Sean and Elliot assuming editorship with Mitzi Goheen (2010-2013) and Sean and Elliot from 2013-2017. The FC ASP supported the journal with funds for copy editing by Ella Kusnetz for this period.