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The Italian American Review (IAR), a peer-reviewed, bi-annual journal devoted to the study of the history and culture of Italian Americans and other aspects of the Italian diaspora, welcomes applications from qualified scholars for the position of editor in chief of the journal for a three-year term commencing January 2021.


The IAR is owned by the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute of Queens College (City University of New York) and is published by the University of Illinois Press. The journal is interdisciplinary in nature and entertains articles about a wide variety of topics related to the Italian American experience, such as migration, politics, labor, race, gender, ethnicity, urban studies, literary criticism, and film studies, as well as various forms of cultural production (e.g., music, religious feasts). The journal does not accept creative work such as poetry, fiction, or memoir. The IAR also publishes book reviews, film and digital media reviews, exhibition reviews, and occasionally “Notes and Documents,” such as biographical sketches, obituaries, and reproductions of historical documents, etc.
The IAR is available online through JSTOR and EBSCO’s “America: History and Life” databases and is listed in the MLA Directory of Periodicals and Italy’s ANVUR directory of scientific publications.  
The editor of the IAR is responsible for overseeing the entirety of the editorial and pre-production processes and will be expected to:
  • Sustain and build the IAR‘s high academic stature and integrity;
  • Proactively solicit articles from potential contributors;
  • Read and assess submissions for suitability of content, scholarly rigor, and quality of writing;
  • Facilitate the blind peer review and revision processes;
  • Handle publication decisions in a professional and timely manner;
  • Adhere to the highest ethical standards, preserving confidentiality in the peer review process;
  • Work closely with the Calandra Institute’s in-house editorial staff, IAR review editors, and UIP production managers;
  • Act as the communication link among contributors, review editors, and staff.
Qualified candidates should be fluent in English and ready to work in a collaborative and collegial production environment. Candidates should be well-versed in Italian American studies and active in recent and current research in that–or a closely related–field. The successful candidate should be a highly motivated person, devoted to the promotion of every aspect of the journal’s success, championing it whenever possible in appropriate scholarly venues.


The successful applicant will assume editorial duties for the production of the Winter 2021 volume of the journal, transitioning into the position by Fall 2020. This is a three-year, non-compensated appointment. The Calandra Institute will provide logistical support, including line-editing, managing, and, if needed, office space. The University of Illinois Press handles the copy-editing, design, printing, mailing, and marketing of the journal.
Interested candidates should email a letter of interest and a current CV to: (subject heading “IAR Editor”). The application letter should discuss professional and scholarly experiences that make the candidate suited to and qualified for the position. It would be helpful to highlight and explain prior experience in an editorial capacity as well as vision and goals for the IAR. Related inquiries may be sent to the same email. Applications will be accepted until January 20, 2020, or until the position is filled. A committee of IAR advisory board members will review applications and select the successful candidate.


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