Department of History
Donna and Andrew, Journal of American History Editorial Assistants

Donna Drucker and Andrew Kahrl, Journal of American History Editorial Assistants.

Professional History-Editing Opportunities at IU

Uniquely among American history programs, IU houses three scholarly journals: the American Historical Review, the Journal of American History, and the Indiana Magazine of History. IU history professors edit each publication, and all three provide hands-on editorial training for selected graduate students employed on their staffs. Click on the journal title to learn more about that particular title and the opportunities that it offers to IU students.

American Historical Review

The American Historical Review is the most widely read historical journal in North America, and one of the leading periodic publications of historical scholarship in the world, with the highest global readership for an English-language publication. It includes scholarly articles and critical reviews of current publications in all fields of history. Since 1885, the AHR has been published by the American Historical Association, which was founded in 1884 and chartered by Congress in 1889. It appears five times a year, with a circulation of approximately 18,000 copies. Since the 1960s, the AHR has been located in the Indiana University Department of History, under the editorship of a history faculty member.

The AHR employs seven graduate students as Editorial Assistants. These EAs are primarily responsible, under the supervision of assistant editor Moureen Coulter, for the section of the journal devoted to the approximately 700 reviews of scholarly books published annually. They identify books to be reviewed from among those received; identify scholars in the field who might be capable of reviewing them; edit the reviews once received; and help to proofread the entire issue before publication. EAs normally serve for a three-year period and work approximately 20 hours a week. They earn an annual salary and fee remission.

For more information about the American Historical Review, please contact the editor:

Robert A. Schneider
Professor of History
Editor, AHR

Journal of American History

For more than 80 years, the Journal of American History, published by the Organization of American Historians, has been the leading scholarly publication in the field of American history. A major resource for students and scholars, it includes reviews of books, films, exhibitions, and websites, as well as scholarly articles and historiographic essays.

The JAH offers U.S. history graduate students the opportunity to work as editorial assistants. These assistants are involved in the collection, preparation, and production of copy for the journal, including such duties as proofreading, checking accuracy of scholarship, preparing the "Recent Scholarship" section (which includes the "Recent Scholarship Online," offered as a member benefit), finding and preparing the illustrations that appear in the journal and online, and assisting in the task of copy-editing. Assistants are also involved in working on special projects. This is a 12-month, half-time position which includes pay plus fee remission.

For more information about the American Historical Review, please contact the editor:

Edward T. Linethal

Professor of History

Editor, JAH

Indiana Magazine of History

The Indiana Magazine of History is one of the oldest and most widely circulated history journals in the US. With more than 8000 subscribers across the state and beyond, this quarterly journal is in its second century of continuous publication. Since 1917, the IMH has been produced by the Indiana University Department of History; its editor is always a professor in the department. The IMH is financed jointly by IU and the Indiana Historical Society, which delivers the journal to its members. Because of its joint origins, the journal works both to be a scholarly journal of record for the state and region, and a readable, compelling publication for lay readers.

The IMH employs two students on its 4-person staff. One student, the editorial assistant, works approximately 15-20 hours per week and is paid on an hourly basis. This position handles routine correspondence, website maintenance, book orders, and database management. The second position, the assistant editor, rotates to a new student every other year. The assistant editor is a half-time employee, paid on an annual salary and granted fee remission. S/he trains under the editor and associate editor to learn most of the basic responsibilities of scholarly journal editing: copy-editing, author correspondence, production planning, book-review assignment, cross-reading, etc. Once the assistant editor has been introduced to the work, s/he takes responsibility as the editor in charge of alternating issues of the journal for the remainder of his or her term.

For more information about the Indiana Magazine of History, contact its editor:

Eric Sandweiss
Carmony Chair of History
Associate Professor
Editor, IMH
(812) 855-0210