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The Appalachian Studies Association was formed in 1977 by a group of scholars, teachers, and regional activists who believed that shared community has been and will continue to be important to those writing, researching, and teaching about Appalachia.

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The ASA is headquartered at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Mary Thomas, Executive Director, can be reached via email at

Telephone: (304) 696-2904
Fax: (304) 696-6221
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    Appalachian Studies Association
    One John Marshall Drive
    Huntington, WV 25755

41st ASA Annual Conference

Re-stitching the Seams: Appalachia Beyond Its Borders

April 5-8, 2018

Millennium Hotel,
Cincinnati, Ohio

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Appalachian Studies Association Headquarters

Once the ASA started growing, it needed a home base. Before the ASA became an association, conference organizing was done through offices at various locations, including the Appalachian Consortium. When the ASA officially became an association in 1994, it established a main office at West Virginia University with its first paid staff, Susan Lewis, Deborah Weiner, and Ron Lewis. The ASA moved to its current location on Marshall University’s campus in Huntington, WV, in 2001. Executive Director, Mary K. Thomas, has been with the organization since this move, and runs the office with the help of an office manager, graduate assistants, and interns. The office, located on the third floor of the Morrow Library, is where the publications of the ASA—Appalink, Journal of Appalachian Studies, and Conference materials—are designed, printed, and stored. The Executive Director can be contacted by e-mail at The Office Manager can be contacted by e-mail at

Appalachian Studies Association
Mary Thomas, Executive Director
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755

Phone: (304) 696-2904
Fax: (304) 696-6221

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Mary Thomas, Executive Director

Ann Bryant, Office Manager

Dee Nguyn, Graduate Assistant

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ASA Internship Opportunities

Working as an intern for the ASA offers both graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to gain professional experience working with an organization, as well as the chance to use their skills and knowledge to contribute to the Appalachian community.

Marshall University students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply. For more information, please see Internship Guidelines (pdf). To apply, e-mail Executive Director Mary Thomas at and attach a letter of interest and current C.V. Students of all majors are welcome to apply. Watch this page for the next ASA Internship call!