ASAT is a regional chapter of the American Studies Association


President/JASAT Asst. Editor-
Sean Ferrier-Watson is a Professor of English at Collin College in Frisco, Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Master of Arts in English from the University of North Texas. His Ph.D. in English was completed at Texas A&M University-Commerce. His dissertation focused specifically on children’s literature. He has also published scholarly articles in The Journal of Children’s Literature Studies, Sigma Tau Delta Review, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, and the Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas. His book The Children’s Ghost Story in America was published by McFarland & Company in 2017.

Vice- President
Dr. Hector Weir
earned his A.A. degree in English from Blinn College in 2006 and graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Spanish and Anthropology in 2009.  He completed his graduated work at the Texas A&M University Department of Hispanic Studies where he earned his M.A. in 2011 and Ph.D. in 2016.  His research interests include Religion in literature, Contemporary Latin-American Literature and Film, and Cultural Studies.  In addition to teaching Dr. Weir enjoys spending time with his family, coaching soccer, and playing the guitar

Greg Giddings graduated from Midwestern State University with a BBA in Accounting in 1985. He spent several years of playing  basketball abroad, with stops in Sweden, Israel, and Australia. Upon returning stateside, Giddings earned an MA in English at MSU and began his teaching career at Lamar University. He returned to MSU and completed a Ph.D. in Humanities from the University of Texas – Dallas. His  research interests include southern authors Pat Conroy, Barry Hannah, and Larry Brown. Dr. Giddings’s recent article, “The Love Song of Larry J. McMurtry: The Last Picture Show,” originally published in JASAT, can be found online as well at Center & Main: Stories from the Heart of McMurtry Country.

Poetry Editor-
Dr. Cassy Burleson
earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and English (double major) from Sam Houston State, a Master of Arts in Journalism from Baylor University, a Master of Arts in English from Sam Houston State University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas. Dr. Burleson has taught full time at Baylor University since 2003. She Published a chapter of poetry in Langdon Review in 2010 and published in Beall House of Poetry, from 2008 to 2014. She was President of America Studies Association of Texas in 2014, and Co-editor of Her Texas: Story, Image, Poem & Song  published by Wings Press, San Antonio, March 2015