Seeking Editors

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

We are particularly eager to develop new fields in the following areas (Note: given the scope and size of many of the fields listed, applicants would need to specify time period and/or disciplinary foci):

African Studies
African-American History
Archaeology (non-Asia)
Art History (non-Asia)
Asian-American Studies
British Studies
Environmental Studies
French Studies
German Studies
Italian Studies
Jewish Studies
Literature (non-East Asia)
Media Studies
Political Science


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- and mid-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.

About Dissertation Reviews

Dissertation Reviews ( is a web platform featuring friendly, non-critical overviews of recently defended PhD dissertations. Each review provides a summary of the author’s main arguments, the particular scholarly conversation in which s/he is engaging, and the main source bases for the research. By focusing on the window of time between dissertation defense and first book publication, our goal is to offer scholars a glimpse of the immediate present of each field. Such awareness, we feel, leads to more dynamic, informed, collegial, and innovative scholarly communities.

We are looking for dynamic, early- to mid-career scholars to help us bring Dissertation Reviews to new disciplines and fields in all areas of the humanities and social sciences.

Further Information

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

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