The Grateful Dead Studies Association is a professional academic organization devoted to advancing the scholarly study of the Grateful Dead and their associated contexts through conference meetings, publications, and other scholarly activities.

As an interdisciplinary group, the Association understands the value of a wide-ranging discourse that includes diverse disciplines, fields, and theoretical perspectives. The Association is committed to fostering a respectful, critical, professional conversation governed by the highest standards of scholarly rigor and civility.

The Association recognizes that interest in the Grateful Dead is widespread and believes that scholarly inquiry can be enriched by an audience that extends beyond the academic world. The Association subscribes to open access principles for its publications and is committed to making its work accessible.