The Society of Early Americanists furthers the exchange of ideas and information among scholars of various disciplines who study the literature and culture of America to approximately 1800.


  • SEA Special Topics Conference, “London and the Americas, 1492-1812,” London, July 17-19, 2014. Please see Program here. For more information, please visit the SEA Forthcoming Conferences page here.
  • The Society of Early Americanists Ninth Biennial Conference will be held jointly with the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture in Chicago, June 18-21, 2015. Please see the CFP here. For more details, please visit the conference website:

  • The SEA is excited to announce a new affiliation with the journal Early American Literature, published by University of North Carolina Press. Please find here a letter from SEA President Kristina Bross announcing the new alliance.

  • The SEA Sixteenth Annual Essay Competition is now open. For more details and how to enter, please visit the SEA Essay Contest page here. Thank you.
  • To join the SEA and subscribe to the SEA Newsletter, please click here. For any questions, please Contact Us.

The Society of Early Americanists website is generously hosted by the University of California Irvine, School of Humanities. We thank UC Irvine, School of Humanities for their excellent support.

Image Caption: Unknown American Artist, Overmantel from the Reverend Joseph Wheeler House, about 1787-1793, oil on Eastern white pine panel, 60.6 x 152.5 cm, Worcester Art Museum (MA), Gift of Charles A. Aiken in memory of Mrs. Henrietta L.P. Aiken, 1954.15. Photo credit: Image © Worcester Art Museum, all rights reserved.
Updated 04/07/14