About the MLA
Founded in 1883, the Modern Language Association of America provides opportunities for its members to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues and to discuss trends in the academy. MLA members host an annual convention and other meetings, work with related organizations, and sustain one of the finest publishing programs in the humanities. For more than a century, members have worked to strengthen the study and teaching of language and literature. Learn more about the MLA's mission.
The MLA at a Glance
- Over 26,000 members in 100 countries
- Programs serving English and foreign language teachers
- An annual convention, with meetings on a wide variety of subjects, and smaller seminars across the country
- The MLA International Bibliography, the only comprehensive bibliography in language and literature, available online
- A book publication program issuing a number of new books each year and maintaining a backlist of over 200 titles
- 4 major periodicals: the ADE Bulletin; the ADFL Bulletin; Profession; and PMLA, one of the most distinguished journals in the humanities
- MLA Commons, a scholarly communication network and publishing platform
- A quarterly newsletter providing association news, lists of deadlines, and items of interest to members
- 147 forums for the scholarly, teaching, and professional interests of members
- 49 membership committees overseeing association activities and publications
- Leadership in the national education community
Membership Involvement in Association Activities
- Over 300 members are elected to govern the association through its Executive Council, Delegate Assembly, and other governance committees.
- Over 700 members serve on the executive committees of the 147 forums that represent the scholarly, teaching, and professional interests of various constituencies within the membership and that help determine much of the program at the annual convention.
- Over 2,000 members give papers and readings each year at the convention.
- Hundreds of readers join the 51 members of the PMLA Editorial Board and Advisory Committee in reviewing essays submitted for publication.
- More than 120 specialists index articles and journals for the MLA International Bibliography.
- Over 80 members are involved in selecting the winners of the 25 prizes the MLA awards for outstanding scholarly books and articles on language and literature.
The ADE and ADFL
As projects of the Modern Language Association, the Association of Departments of English (ADE) and the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL) advocate for departments of English and departments of languages other than English, respectively. The ADE and ADFL provide information and research for member departments, creating institutional, national, and professional contexts for exploring policy, disciplinary challenges, trends, and best practices in the fields of composition and rhetoric, language studies, and literature in higher education. Learn more about the ADE and ADFL.