Researching, writing and teaching about the Beat Generation movement

About - The Beat Studies Association

Mission Statement

The Beat Studies Association celebrates and explores the work of the Beat writers and artists. We welcome students, teachers, and independent scholars to share their views on the current trends, challenges, and state of Beat Studies. We encourage participation in future directions that probe and evaluate Beat writers and artists in larger contexts and conversations. To these ends, the BSA supports both seasoned and emerging scholars at BSA conferences, on panels, in our newsletter, and through other opportunities for critical exchange.


President — Matt Theado, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies
Vice President — Hassan Melehy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Treasurer — Steven Belletto, Lafayette College
Secretary – Kurt Hemmer, Harper College

At-large Board Member — Mary Paniccia Carden, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

At-large Board Member — Deborah Geis, DePauw University

Communications Manager — Brett Sigurdson, University of Minnesota

Founding Members — Ann Charters, Nancy Grace, Tim Hunt, Ronna Johnson, Jennie Skerl, Tony Trigilio

Bylaws of the Beat Studies Association