Aims & Scope
The purpose of the journal is to reach a broader audience; thus, we consider a broad range of submissions, from traditional academic articles to "think pieces" and essays that might struggle to find a platform elsewhere. Studies is particularly interested in the institutions, practices, and historiography that constitute the world of Midwestern studies. This journal also endeavors to involve graduate students and other emerging scholars in historical discourse, and to create a forum in which to publish their work. Its online format allows for more timely publication of scholarship in order to advance discussion and debate more quickly among the many (and sometimes competing) voices in the field.
More generally, the purpose of Studies is to advance the Midwestern History Association’s goal of offering a platform to scholars who want to participate more actively in the conversation surrounding the revival of Midwestern history. The design and format of Studies is consciously modeled on the original Mississippi Valley Historical Review, the journal launched by the Mississippi Valley Historical Association. The MVHA was first created in 1907 to give historians in the Midwest a voice in the American historical profession.
If you are interested in submitting a manuscript to Studies for consideration, contact Managing Editors Paul Putz at or Michael Skaggs at .
While a wide variety of manuscripts are welcome for consideration, Studies is particularly interested at present in receiving submissions on historically underrepresented or marginalized groups in the Midwest, including communities of color.
Submissions should follow these guidelines. While a wide variety of manuscripts are welcome, please see previous issues of Studies for general examples.