AIS Journal Editor Search

The Association for Iranian Studies (AIS) is looking for a new Editor-in-Chief for its flagship journal Iranian Studies: Journal of the Association for Iranian Studies. This interdisciplinary journal is dedicated to the study of the histories, cultures, religions, literatures, economies, social relations, and politics of Iran from the pre-Islamic period to the present. As the official publication of the Association for Iranian Studies, it has served as the leading forum for the exchange of ideas and promotion of discipline-based and interdisciplinary research in all fields of Iranian studies since 1967.

The new Editor-in-Chief should meet the following criteria:

1. A scholar of Iranian Studies with a proven track record of scholarship who has a strong international perspective and reputation. The disciplinary field and period of scholarly concentration of the Editor-in-Chief is open.
2. Prior experience of journal editing and comfort with online submission systems.
3. Possess long-term vision for further improving the quality of Iranian Studies as the flagship journal in the field.
4. Ability to effectively work and communicate with the Associate Editors, Editorial Board, Advisory Council, and the AIS Council.
5. Ability to optimize the current annual operating budget of approximately US $ 20,000/year to publish and steadily improve upon the journal, maintaining the highest standards of scholarly excellence while operationalizing AIS’s new policy on diversity and inclusion.

We encourage self-nominations and recommendations for this position. The Editor-in-Chief will be offered a fixed term of five years (renewable for no more than one term subject to approval by AIS Council). In addition to an operating budget, the Editor-in-Chief will be accorded a modest, non-negotiable honorarium per established AIS policy. The Editor-in-Chief will also be a member of the Executive Committee of the society and a non-voting ex officio member of the Council as long as they hold the position.

Deadline is December 1, 2019. Nominees will please provide their CV and a cover letter explaining their vision for the journal, as well as the resources their home institution can provide to support their efforts for augmenting the operating budget. Please send application materials to Camron Michael Amin (AIS President), at camamin@umich.edu. Informal queries prior to applying are both welcome and encouraged. Candidates should be available for a short interview (via teleconference or web conference) with the search committee in early 2020 and prepared to work with the outgoing editor on a transition process no later than June 1st, 2020.

The final decision for appointment will be made by the President with the consent of Council.