The American and New England Studies Graduate Student Association was founded in the spring of 2012 to meet a growing desire for greater community networking and support, to foster collegiality and creative thinking, and to represent student interests in an official manner to the university as well as to the larger community of American Studies graduate programs and scholars both here and abroad.

The Association hosts monthly student colloquia (The Americanist Forum), facilitates networking amongst groups and individuals with similar scholarly interests and goals, manages a community blog/website, and hosts an annual American Studies student conference.