Founded in 1996, the American Portuguese Studies Association (APSA) has grown to become an important presence for scholars and educators focused on the Lusophone world. Our association has expanded dynamically over the past two decades. It currently boasts well over two hundred members spread out across several countries and at least four continents.
Our mission is simple. We work to foster the expansion and spread of knowledge on the languages, peoples, and cultures of the many countries where Portuguese is spoken. We achieve this through five specific initiatives: 1) we actively promote scholarly research on the Lusophone 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 Lusophone cultures 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 discounted registration for our bi-annual international conference (to held at Stanford University in 2016), an opportunity to serve on APSA’s executive committee and the opportunity to publish their original scholarly work in the Journal of Lusophone Studies, a semi-annual, open-source, peer-reviewed, academic journal.