Journal of the Society for American Music

Published by Cambridge University Press, the Journal of the Society for American Music (JSAM) was created as the Society’s official scholarly journal in 2007. From 1983 to 2006, American Music was the official journal of the Society.

Due to COVID-19, CUP is not currently printing journals:

"Due to the development and impact of the coronavirus pandemic, we are seeing significant disruption to the global supply chain for the manufacture and distribution of printed journals. We have therefore taken the unprecedented decision to halt all journal issue printing from 25th March until further notice.

We apologise for the impact that this will have, but physical delivery of printed journals is becoming increasingly difficult and this is causing problems with stock build-up and non-delivery which must be addressed.

We do hope and expect to resume printing in the near future, as soon as the effects of this global disruption have subsided.  We will keep the situation under close review, especially with regard to public health concerns and will update you as soon as anything changes."


David Garcia (University of North Carolina, USA)

Advisory Editor
Loren Kajikawa (The George Washington University, USA)

Assistant Editor
Stephen Stacks (University of North Carolina, USA)

Book Review Editor
Travis Stimeling (West Virginia University, USA)

Media Reviews Editors
Gina Bombola (Texas Christian University, USA)
Jessica Getman (University of Michigan, USA)

Editorial Associate
Mark A. Davidson (Bob Dylan Archive, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA)

Editorial Board

Jessica Bissett Perea (University of California Davis, USA)
Mark Burford (Reed College, USA)
Justin Burton (Rider University, USA)
Theo Cateforis (Syracuse University, USA)
William Cheng (Dartmouth College, USA)
Todd Decker (Washington University, USA)
Daniel Goldmark (Case Western Reserve University, USA)
Glenda Goodman (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Nadine Hubbs (University of Michigan, USA)
Beth Levy (University of California Davis, USA)
Kay Norton (Arizona State University, USA)
Gillian Rodger (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA)
Leonora Saavedra (University of California Riverside, USA)
Douglas Shadle (Vanderbilt University, USA)
Gabriel Solis (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA)
Amy Wlodarski (Dickinson College, USA)
Elizabeth Wollman (CUNY, Baruch College, USA)


Current Issue

Click here for the table of contents of the latest issue.

The table of contents for previous issues of American Music can be accessed here.


Information for Authors

Article submissions should be sent to the Editor by e-mail:

The following documents should be included: abstract of no more than 200 words; article text in MS Word with list of references (.doc); musical examples (.pdf or .jpg); and figures (.jpg). Electronic images should be sent as separate low-resolution jpegs rather than being embedded in the text; ideally each image should be less than 1MB in size. (If the article is accepted, high resolution tiff or eps images will be required.) Only the e-mail message should include the author’s name, mailing address, and telephone number. The submission itself should be anonymous throughout the text and notes. Articles should range from 5,000 to 10,000 words (excluding notes). Longer articles will be considered but may be edited for length.

Journal of the Society for American Music employs humanities style for citations, following The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. Use footnotes for explanatory material that need not appear in the main body of the article. At the end of the article, provide a list of references cited. All musical examples, figures, tables, and appendices should be numbered and contain captions, and the text should indicate approximate placement by the use of a callout, e.g.,

. Callouts should be placed on a new line after the paragraph in which the figure or example is mentioned. A separate list of captions should be included. Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material for which they do not hold copyright and for ensuring that the appropriate acknowledgments are included in their typescript. The cost of permissions and reproducing color illustrations will be the responsibility of the author. Upon acceptance of a submission, authors will be asked to assign copyright to the Society for American Music. JSAM does not review articles that are being considered for publication in another journal. 


Click here for the current style sheet.


Information for Publishers

In preparation for future issues of JSAM, publishers should send materials for review directly to the editors listed below. Items mailed to the SAM office will not be forwarded. 


Book Reviews

Travis Stimeling
Assistant Professor of Musicology
West Virginia University School of Music
PO Box 6111
Morgantown, WV 26505


Recording Reviews

Dana Gorzelany-Mostak
Assistant Professor of Music
Department of Music
Georgia College and State University
231 West Hancock Street
Milledgeville, GA 31061


Multimedia Reviews

William Gibbons
School of Music 
Texas Christian University 
TCU Box 297500 
Fort Worth, TX 76129