ASA Statement on the Proposed Federal Budget Cuts

The African Studies Association joins other scholarly associations in expressing its opposition to the federal budget cuts proposed in the President's recent 2018 Budget Blueprint. The elimination or reduction of federal funding for international educational programs, the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and USAID directly and indirectly affect research and teaching by scholars of Africa. These programs are vital to fostering cross-cultural understanding, gaining and sharing knowledge, and forming academic partnerships. The ASA wishes to express its support for generous federal funding for the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts.

Members of the ASA can help the association to shape the upcoming debate on the federal budget by contacting their members of Congress to voice their concerns about these proposed cuts. Several advocacy coalitions to which the ASA belongs have prepared guidelines for lobbying Congress. These can be accessed by going to the websites of the National Humanities Alliance or the Consortium of Social Science Associations.