Seeking New Editors & Fields for 2014-15


Dissertation Reviews is seeking dynamic scholars in the humanities and social sciences to develop new fields within our innovative scholarly network.

Dissertation Reviews ( is a web platform featuring reviews of recently defended PhD dissertations in the humanities and social sciences. We have grown by leaps and bounds since our founding five years ago: from only 1 field to more than 20, from 10 reviews per year to over 550, and from a handful of editors to a team of more than 30 talented early-career scholars across the globe.

As we look ahead to the 2014-15 season, we are seeking dynamic, early-career scholars to help us bring Dissertation Reviews to new disciplines and fields in all areas of the humanities and social sciences.

We are particularly eager to develop new fields in the following areas, although we remain open to all proposals:

African Studies
African-American Studies
Archaeology (non-Asia)
Art History (non-Asia)
Comparative Literature
Environmental Studies
European History (region/country-specific)
French and Italian
German Studies
Jewish Studies
Literature (non-East Asia)
Media Studies
Native American Studies
Political Science
Religious Studies (non-Islamic)
Slavic Languages and Literatures


As a Field Editor, you would collaborate closely with the editorial staff to develop a new branch of Dissertation Reviews. Specifically, you would:

– Work with editorial staff to learn about recently defended dissertations in your field
– Liaise with dissertation authors and reviewers in your field
– Draw upon and expand your knowledge of the field in order to pair dissertations with appropriate reviewers
– Act as the public face of Dissertation Reviews within your field/discipline/area
– Collaborate with your fellow Dissertation Reviews editors in other fields to help continually improve and enhance the overall project

Eligible Candidates

All early-career faculty, post-doc, and advanced PhD students in the humanities and social sciences are eligible to apply.

As the the ideal candidate, you are:

– Committed to the development of ever more dynamic, collegial, and innovative scholarly communities
– Enthused by the idea of becoming more informed about current, cutting-edge research in your field
– Responsible and reliable
– A professional, consistent communicator
– An active member of your field’s scholarly networks (i.e., conferences, listservs, etc.)

Eligible Areas

All fields, disciplines, and areas in the humanities and social sciences are eligible. As part of the application process (details below), we ask that you recommend a particular area, field, or discipline that you believe would benefit from, and contribute to, the Dissertation Reviews network. There is no restriction whatsoever on focus, only on scope: we ask that the proposed rubric be “medium-sized” – i.e., not too large, not too small. Recent successful applications have included Economic History, Museum Studies, South Asian Studies, Islamic Studies, Russian History, Latin American Studies, and Science Studies, among others. And there’s no need to have the rubric perfected from the start: we will collaborate with you to help determine the ideal thematic, theoretical, temporal and spatial contours of the new branch.

Application Items

Please email us at with following items:

– Brief Statement addressing:
– the field/discipline/area you are applying to help develop and edit
– how and why the scholars and scholarship in this field would, in your opinion, benefit from and contribute to the Dissertation Reviews community
– how your own background and credentials speak to the eligibility items listed above
– CV (2 pp. or less)


To make the process of developing and managing the new branch as smooth and efficient as possible, Field Editors receive robust support from the editorial staff. Please note that all editorial positions at Dissertation Reviews are unpaid.

Further Information

To learn more about Dissertation Reviews, our editors, and our contributors, please visit us at

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