Call for Proposals: Editor of Diplomatic History

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 6:00pm

Call for Proposals: Editor of Diplomatic History

The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) is issuing a Call for Proposals to edit its flagship publication, Diplomatic History. The term of appointment will begin on July 1, 2019, and, as stipulated in SHAFR’s by-laws, will extend for at least three but no more than five years.

DH is the leading journal in the fields of U.S. foreign relations and international history. In 2017, full text downloads of DH articles reached 108,000. SHAFR provides a substantial subvention to the Editorial Office doing the intellectual work of producing the journal. It has been the practice that the home institution of the Editorial Office also contributes financially and in-kind to the production of the journal. Presently, the journal is published by Oxford University Press. The current administrative set-up includes two co-editors, graduate student assistant editors, and a board of editors. While SHAFR’s by-laws mandate a board of editors, they do not mandate the current division of labor. The editorial staff could be located at a single institution or distributed among more than one.  In this digital age, SHAFR will welcome proposals from partners who are geographically separated by distance but who are committed to using technology to facilitate collaboration and teamwork.

In no more than five pages, applicants submitting a proposal should:

  1. Specify the major individuals who would be involved and describe the role of each person.
  2. Specify the support, both financial and in-kind, that the host-institution guarantees it will provide to the Editorial Office.
  3. Assess the intellectual strength of DH as it now stands.
  4. Offer a vision for the journal as it evolves. What do challenges and opportunities do you foresee for academic journals? Where would you like to take DH?

Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

The decision will be made by the President of SHAFR with the approval of Council. SHAFR Council established an advisory committee composed of Andrew Preston (chair), Mark Bradley, Gretchen Heefner, Lien-Hang Nguyen, and Daniel Sargent. Prospective applicants should feel free to consult with members of the committee.

Please submit applications to Andrew Preston at [email protected]

The advisory committee expects to interview finalists in Spring 2018 and make its recommendation to the President and Council in June 2018.