Founded in 1996, the American Portuguese Studies Association (APSA) has become an important presence for Portuguese scholars and educators in the United States and beyond. Our association has grown dynamically over the past two decades. It currently boasts well over two hundred members in several countries and on three continents.
APSA’s mission is simple. We work to foster the expansion and spread of knowledge on the languages, peoples, and cultures of countries where Portuguese is spoken. We achieve this through five specific initiatives: 1) we actively promote scholarly research on the Portuguese-speaking world; 2) we disseminate the results of our members’ ongoing research through our official journal, the Journal of Lusophone Studies; 3) we promote scholarly and intellectual contact between persons working in diverse fields inquiry; 4) we strive to increase awareness of the Portuguese-speaking world among various academic programs and communities; and 5) we work to promote the development of Portuguese language programs in North America.
All are welcome to join APSA. Members receive many benefits, including discount registration for our bi-annual international conference and the opportunity to publish their scholarly work in the Journal of Lusophone Studies.