American Ethnologist

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Edited By: Angelique Haugerud

Impact Factor: 1.737

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 13/81 (Anthropology)

Online ISSN: 1548-1425

American Ethnologist Editor


The American Ethnological Society (AES), a section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), invites nominations (including self-nominations) for the position of Editor of its journal, American Ethnologist. The position begins July 1, 2015.

The American Ethnologist (AE), now in its 40th volume year, is published quarterly. AE is a premier journal in sociocultural anthropology. It is highly selective, receives top submissions, and has a rising impact factor (1.648 in 2012). It is one of the mostly widely read journals in the discipline with burgeoning article downloads and a global readership. In recent years, the editor and staff have significantly shortened the time between submission and publication – allowing for highly current engagements and timely publication of the journal. AE accepts articles demonstrating theoretical originality, ethnographic specificity, and the relevance of ethnographic imagination to the contemporary world.

Previous editorial experience is not required; however, the nomination letter should summarize evidence of the nominee’s qualifications in several critical areas: (1) The new editor must be prepared to maintain the journal’s high standard while also actively encouraging innovative scholarship in sociocultural anthropology; (2) manage the smooth operation of processes related to manuscript submission, review, and publication – including use of the software relevant to these processes. (3) The editor works with the AES board regarding the journal’s budget and longer term planning. (4) The editor has responsibility for the journal’s on-line presence (web, facebook and twitter). (5) The editor works with a small editorial staff (including the book review editor, half-time editorial office manager, and staff copy editors), and (6) must be able to work effectively with diverse constituencies, including authors and prospective authors, reviewers, the Publications Office of the AAA and the Board of the AES.

The editor serves as an ex officio member of the AES Board and participates in its twice-annual meetings (at the annual meetings of the AAA and AES).

The new editor will be responsible for three volume years of the journal (twelve issues from calendar year 2016 through 2019). The successful candidate will be selected by mid-2014 so that she or he may arrange to attend orientation sessions on publishing at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, and make other preparations for the editorship. The successful candidate will be expected to negotiate institutional support with his or her home institution -- potentially including office space, course release, various forms of support in kind (telephone and internet access) and graduate student assistants. AES also provides (limited) support for these purposes; please note that the editorship itself is not a paid position. The selection of the editor is not contingent on advance offers of institutional support, but the search committee encourages candidates – particularly at the finalist stage -- to discuss the prospects concretely with their department chair and/or dean. The current editor, Angelique Haugerud (Haugerud@rci.rutgers.edu), is available for questions from colleagues interested in the position.

Nominations, self-nominations, and inquiries related to the search should be sent to Carol Greenhouse, AES President (cgreenho@princeton.edu). The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2014. The search committee will contact all nominees to invite their applications. Those interested in the position should send a letter outlining their qualifications (as above) and editorial vision, along with a curriculum vitae, to the search committee via e-mail to Carol Greenhouse, by March 1 (self-nominees may include this information with their initial expression of interest). The search committee will contact short-listed finalists during March, 2014, to arrange interviews at the annual meeting of the AES in Boston, Massachusetts (April 10-12, 2014). Normally, given the demands of the editorship, we would expect the editor to hold a tenured academic position. We encourage applications from anyone prepared to enjoy the work – and to meet the challenges of maintaining AE as a leading forum for creative ethnographic scholarship and debate.

Members of the search committee are Carol Greenhouse (chair), Ken Guest, Hugh Gusterson, and Sally Merry.

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