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Call for Applications: Book Reviews Editor

Dr. Daniel Magaziner will shortly come to the end of his tenure as Book Reviews Editor of The Journal of African History. Cambridge University Press is now inviting applications for his successor.

The Journal of African History publishes articles and book reviews ranging widely over the African past, from ancient times to the present. The thematic range is equally broad, covering social, economic, political, cultural, and intellectual history. Recent articles and reviews have explored diverse themes including labor and class, gender and sexuality, health and medicine, ethnicity and race, migration and diaspora, nationalism and state politics, religion and ritual, and technology and the environment.

Working alongside three other Primary Editors and a Managing Editor, in collaboration with an Editorial Board, Book Review Editor responsibilities will include:

  1. Shaping the strategic direction of The Journal of African History’s book review section
  2. Commissioning and editing 20-30 reviews per volume, prioritizing innovative scholarship by junior scholars
  3. Editing the short-form History Matters section
  4. Editing historiographical and review essays (likely one per issue)
  5. Writing a portion of the editors' introduction for each issue in consultation with the issue editor
  6. Attending monthly zoom meetings of the editorial team and biannual meetings of the Board

Please indicate in your application:

  1. Your experience publishing and researching African history
  2. Previous editorial experience or roles in academic administration
  3. Your vision for ensuring academic quality and scholarly impact, and engaging with developments in scholarly communication and research practice

Applicants can expect administrative support through a Managing Editor, a small honorarium, and funding for travel related to the Journal. It is not essential, but, where possible, please indicate the form and breadth of institutional backing that may be available to support you in this role.

Please direct applications and any questions in the first instance to Mark Zadrozny, Executive Publisher, Cambridge University Press (