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AJS Review

The Journal of the Association for Jewish Studies

Call for Co-Editors and Book Review Editor (Modern Jewish Studies)

Published biannually, AJS Review is a peer-reviewed journal publishing scholarly articles and book reviews covering the field of Jewish Studies. AJS Review is led by two (2) co-editors and three (3) Book Review Editors, one each in the areas of Ancient Studies, Medieval/Early Modern Studies, and Modern Studies. The co-editors of AJS Review invite applications for a new team of two (2) Co-Editors and one Book Review Editor (Modern Jewish Studies), all three positions to be effective July 1, 2024. Co-Editors of AJS Review serve for a four-year non-renewable term, Book Review Editors for a renewable four-year term. Applications will remain open until the positions are filled, although ideally, new Co-Editors should be selected in time to “shadow” the present Co-Editors for at least three (3) months prior to beginning their service.

The two (2) Co-Editors provide the principal intellectual leadership and oversight of AJS Review. The Co-Editors should be senior scholars with expertise in different chronological periods ranging from ancient to modern studies. The Co-Editors evaluate article submissions and work together with the Managing Editor to prepare journal issues for publication. The Co-Editors also represent AJS Review within the AJS as ex officio members of the AJS Board and by consulting as needed with the Association’s professional staff. The Co-Editors are also the public face of AJS Review, consulting on policy and other issues with University of Pennsylvania Press (the journal publisher) and fielding inquiries from scholars around the world. Applicants for the Co-Editor positions need not apply together, and individual applications are encouraged.

We are also seeking a Book Review Editor who specializes in Modern Studies. The Book Review Editor is responsible to keep abreast of new books in the field, ensure that apt and competent reviewers are found for those books chosen for review, and see to the timely submission, editing, and editorial production of those reviews. The Book Review Editor also serves as the head of the Book Review section.

All Candidates should

•   be able to work closely with other Editors and the Editorial Board.

•   have a strong track record of scholarship in Jewish Studies.

•   have strong writing and editorial skills. Prior experience editing journals or volumes is a plus, but not required.

To apply for a Co-Editor position or the Book Review Editor position, please email review@associationforjewishstudies.orgg using the subject header “Co-Editor/Book Review Editor Search” and include the following materials:

•   a complete CV

•   a letter presenting your experience and reason for interest in the position

•   acknowledgement that you are in good standing of the Association for Jewish Studies

The review of applications will begin on November 1, 2023 and continue until the positions are filled.

Please direct questions to:

Alyssa Gray, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; Co-Editor, AJS Review
James Loeffler, Johns Hopkins University; Co-Editor, AJS Review

These positions fall under the general category of service to the profession and are unpaid positions. If your current employment does not include service to the profession as part of your overall workload (e.g., if you are employed in a teaching-only position or as a freelancer), please know that we truly value your knowledge and expertise but also understand if you choose not to apply. Please keep this in mind when deciding whether or not to apply.