Ampersand is an online publication founded by a handful of graduate students in Boston University’s American & New England Study Program (AMNESP). We believe that academic fields are propelled forward by those at the beginning phases of their careers, and the mission of this journal is a reflection of that belief: to provide a conduit for the work of interdisciplinary graduate and early career scholars, both within and outside of our program. In so doing, we hope to provide a sample of the directions American Studies is currently taking, and to connect with one another to build community around our desire to create innovative scholarship.