Nominations Sought for Co-Editor of the Journal of the Early Republic

The Journal of the Early Republic is a quarterly publication committed to the best scholarship on the history and culture of the United States during the early republic (1776–1861). Since its beginning forty-two years ago, the journal has carved out a unique and important position in the landscape of historical publications, fostering a rich conversation among specialists of all types who share an interest in the period’s history, in all of its complex dimensions. The JER strives to provide healthy and creative discourse among new and veteran scholars, across a variety of historical topics, including politics, culture, gender, race and ethnicity, class, religion, economic development, and law.

Editors must be active members of SHEAR at time of appointment and throughout their tenure. The successful applicant will serve as coeditor-elect for a transition period through July 2023, working with ongoing editor Johann Neem and outgoing editor Andrew Shankman. The term of appointment will begin 1 August 2023, and will extend for three years with possibility for renewal. The editorship carries no stipend, but financial support for travel and other related expenses is available. The position requires support from the editor’s home institution, which generally includes a course release and some level of administrative assistance, usually in the form of a graduate student who serves as an editorial assistant. In return for supporting the editor’s contributions, SHEAR recognizes the editor’s home institution as a sponsor of the journal.

In general, the co-editor is responsible for the intellectual content, quality, and timeliness of the journal issues as well as the overall success of the journal by encouraging submissions, reading incoming manuscripts, soliciting referees, evaluating referees’ reports, writing decision letters, working with authors to develop and improve submissions, and editing for content, accuracy, and clarity. We check footnote citations (thus the need for an editorial assistant) as far as possible for accuracy and integrity. The constitutional duties of the editor are:

Performing all responsibilities associated with the management of the Journal of the Early Republic, including relations with the Journal’s host institutions, authors, the Editorial Board, direct supervision of any editorial staff, and coordination with any publishers, vendors, or other parties contracted to produce and distribute the Journal.

  • Recruiting and appointing, with the advice of the President and Advisory Council, members of the Editorial Board to assist with the development of content for the Journal
  • Recruiting and appointing, with the advice of the President and Advisory Council, a Book Review Editor for the Journal.
  • Appointing an annual prize committee for Best Article Prize.
  • Representing the Journal in all deliberations of the Society as an ex-officio member of the Advisory Council and Executive Committee.
  • Reporting to the President and the Advisory Council, and submitting an annual report to the Council.

Nominations: We welcome all nominations, including self-nominations, from past, present, or future members of SHEAR. At this point, we only need names, not applications. Please send all names to by December 1.

Search procedure: The search committee consists of the SHEAR president, the ongoing JER editor, and members of the SHEAR Advisory Council and JER editorial board. The Search Committee will contact nominees with details about the search process and required application materials in early December. We hope to make an appointment in March 2023.

Questions?: Please feel free to contact Editor Andy Shankman; Editor Johann Neem; or SHEAR President Serena Zabin.

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