About us

“… to promote knowledge and scholarship about Albanian culture, society, and politics …”

“I am pleased to observe that the Society for Albanian Studies is fulfilling the expectations of its founders through its ongoing and expanding efforts to: foster the development of Albanological Studies in the United States and to facilitate collaboration between American Albanologists and their colleagues in other countries. I am especially impressed by the Society’s efforts to identify and reach out to graduate students and young scholars interested in Albanian Studies in the United States —a valuable initiative to ensure the viability of Albanology in this country.”
Nicholas Pano, Professor Emeritus of History, Western Illinois University and Honorary Board Member

The Society for Albanian Studies (SAS) is an international interdisciplinary academic organization based in the United States of America dedicated to promoting the professional study, criticism, and research of all aspects of Albanian culture, society and politics, particularly concerning the countries of Albania, Kosovo, North Macedonia, and Montenegro, as well as the Albanian diaspora worldwide.

The Society was founded in 1973. A scholarly and academic association, SAS stands to promote the values of academic knowledge, free scientific inquiry, and scholarly integrity. It is an affiliate organization of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES).

“The importance of SAS as a scholarly association that promotes the study of Albanian culture, language, history, and politics at US universities and abroad cannot be overstated. There is and will continue to be a great need that this organization is set to meet. It was a great personal and professional honor to serve as its chair.”

Besnik Pula, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Virginia Tech & Past President of SAS

About our logo.

The Society’s logo features the Albanian national symbol, the double headed eagle. This motif is commonly found on traditional Albanian kilims.