American Historical Review Editor

Application Deadline: June 15, 2019


The American Historical Association is searching for a new editor for the American Historical Review, the primary scholarly journal of the AHA and the most widely read and cited professional historical journal in the world. The appointment will be for a renewable five-year term, beginning officially on August 1, 2021. The editor of the AHR shapes the journal’s content and form, working with the board of editors and staff to produce five issues per year.

The new editor will remain at their home institution for the duration of the editorship with the expectation that the institution will offer significant work reduction, appropriate office space, and other resources to be negotiated. The new editor will work remotely (via email, teleconference, phone, etc.) with the staff of the AHR, which will remain at Indiana University, though occasional trips to Bloomington will be expected. The AHA expects this to be a half-time position with the home institution providing commensurate release from regular work responsibilities. Given the conventional academic year salary basis, the Association will add a stipend of 20% of existing compensation to maintain it as a full-year appointment.

The editor reports to the AHA Council through the Council’s Research Division, which exercises oversight over all AHA publications. The editor is a non-voting, ex officio member of the AHA Council and is expected to attend all AHA Council meetings. All AHR staff are members of the AHA staff.

Qualifications: PhD and a strong record of historical scholarship. Field of specialization is open; the search committee will consider candidates with expertise in any and all world regions, periods, and methods. The editor must have a broad view of the practice of history and be interested in the future of scholarly journal publishing. Competitive candidates are likely to be tenured associate or full professors or the equivalent if employed outside the professoriate. Experience in scholarly editing is desirable but not essential.

Applicants should provide a letter of interest of no more than two pages and a CV by June 15, 2019. The letter should explain the applicant’s qualifications, reasons for interest in the position, and vision for the future of the AHR and historical journals more broadly. No institutional commitment is expected at this first stage of the application process. However, candidates who reach the next stage will be expected to provide a full application with a more detailed letter, a list of references, and a letter of commitment from an appropriate institutional authority (dean or equivalent or above).

Applicants should submit their letter and CV here. Candidates will be informed by July 10 whether they have been selected for the next stage of consideration. Informal inquiries should be sent to the AHA’s director of scholarly communication and digital initiatives, Seth Denbo, at sdenbo@historians.org.

The American Historical Association considers diversity among our staff critical to organizational success and seeks a diverse workforce representative of its members. The AHA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law. The Association is committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills, and we strongly encourage applications from all groups.

See the job posting here.

Posted: April 12, 2019