Membership & News


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The Society of Early Americanists provides a forum for scholarly and pedagogical exchange and professional support among scholars of various disciplines who study the literature and culture of America to approximately 1830. Our membership of over 350 individuals enjoys a twice-yearly newsletter detailing recent publications and activities in our field, a website that lists announcements and updates on our events, along with links to many documents of interest to early American scholars and teachers, and a listserv that posts conference announcements, queries, and scholarly pursuits. We also offer opportunities for networking and dissemination of professional work.

The SEA hosts annual conferences: in odd-numbered years, the Society hosts an open-topic general conference known as the Biennial Conference; and in even-numbered years, it hosts Special Topics conferences. Please see the SEA Conferences page for the dates and locations of those meetings.

Active SEA Membership benefits include:

  • receiving the journal Early American Literature, a bound copy three times a year
  • receiving the SEA Newsletter, in pdf form twice a year
  • participating in SEA biennial and special topics conferences (after conference registration payment)
  • voting in biennial elections and participating in business meetings at the biennial and topical conferences

To join or renew membership in the Society of Early Americanists, please click here for the online form at the University of North Carolina Press, publisher of Early American Literature. For inquiries about the status of your membership or to update your email address, please email Suzi Waters, UNC Press:

One and Two-year Memberships: The society’s membership dues structure includes a two-year payment option, that provides continuity for members’ journal subscriptions and biennial conference eligibility, as well as a discount on the annual rate. Members who pay for one year will receive three issues of EAL beginning from the time of their payment.

Membership dues rates: The society offers graduate students a rate of just $40/year or $70/two years. A discount membership rate of $40/year or $75/two years is available to non-salaried University faculty (non-tenure-track faculty, adjuncts, instructors, and emeritus), High School teachers, historical society staff, and independent scholars.

Lifetime Memberships: Following the affiliation with Early American Literature, the SEA no longer offers lifetime memberships, and existing lifetime members are required to pay for the cost of the journal if they wish to receive it in hard copy. UNC Press will bill lifetime members for these subscriptions.

Maintaining your membership helps keep the SEA alive and vibrant! Thank you!

For any other SEA Membership questions or to update your email address, please contact the SEA Executive Coordinator, Ralph Bauer. Thank you!


Image Credit: “Join, or Die,” cartoon, Benjamin Franklin, The Pennsylvania Gazette, May 9, 1754; See, Library of Congress,

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