Position Description
Press American Historical Association
Reviews Editor, American Historical Review


Reviews Editor, American Historical Review. The academic journal of the American Historical Association, the AHR has been the journal of record for the historical profession in the United States for more than one hundred years and is one of the most prestigious scholarly journals in the world. This position will be based at the AHR Editorial Office in Bloomington, Indiana, at Indiana University.

The Reviews Editor manages all aspects of the book and other review sections for the five annual issues of the journal, working closely with seven editorial assistants (all graduate students at Indiana University) to commission approximately 150 reviews for each issue. Subsequent tasks include copy editing, categorizing, compiling, and proofreading the reviews.   

The Reviews Editor is responsible for training and supervising the editorial assistants in duties such as selecting reviewers, working with faculty consultants, preliminary copyediting, checking facts, and proofreading edited reviews before they are sent back to the reviewers. He or she will work closely with the Editor to develop new review features. Other responsibilities include recording and monitoring the progress of reviews in our in-house database; contacting publishers to secure material for review; establishing, implementing, and enforcing policies for the review section; and preempting and/or solving problems relating to the editorial phase of the review section. The job requires occasional travel.

The successful candidate should have at least a bachelor's degree; an advanced degree in history is strongly preferred. Three years of scholarly editing experience in the field of history and comprehensive publishing and/or copy-editing experience is required. Strong editorial skills are essential, as is knowledge of Adobe and Chicago Manual of Style. Reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages is highly desired. Frequent interaction with reviewers, authors, press personnel, and in-house staff require good interpersonal skills.

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Candidates should apply through the Indiana University website:  https://iujobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/66723.

Please be prepared to submit a cover letter and resume with your online application, and include contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin September 4, 2018. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.