The National Association for Ethnic Studies has as its basic purpose the promotion of activities and scholarship in the field of ethnic studies. The Board of Directors includes scholars and professionals from several disciplines who are available to serve as consultants.
MESEA was founded in 1998 in response to the challenge of ethnic studies in a time of increasing globalization to provide an international forum for interdisciplinary discussion on multiethnic studies. The Society promotes the study of the ethnic cultures of Europe, Africa, and the Americas in their circumatlantic relations from a transdisciplinary literary, historical and cultural studies perspective. The society acts as a forum for cooperation between universities, political institutions, and ethnic communities and supports the scholarly and cultural exchange among them in order to further intercultural understanding. MESEA currently has over 250 members from 35 countries.