CALL for Editor for the AAA Journal - Economic Anthropology

Seeking applicants for Editor, Economic Anthropology. Deadline for Submissions: October 3, 2022.


The Society for Economic Anthropology seeks applications for Editor of the SEA journal, Economic Anthropology, an AAA publication through Wiley Online and indexed in AnthroSource. The Editor serves for a three-year term and oversees production of two journal issues per year.


The position as Editor offers excellent opportunities for advancing the scholarship of economic anthropology and for contributing to the life force of the SEA. In 2021, Economic Anthropology had the highest impact factor (3.439) among all journals housed within the American Anthropological Association and ranked 7th among the 93 anthropology journals listed in Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics). The impact factor builds on the robust quality of article downloads, as well as on the welcoming community of scholars that have contributed to and supported the journal.


The position begins officially in April 2023 at the SEA spring meeting. However, current Editor Brandon Lundy requests a transitional plan begin January 2023. This plan would include collaboration to ensure a seamless transition. Specific tasks of the Editor include evaluating submissions, locating peer reviewers, overseeing copyediting, communicating with authors, peer reviewers, guest editors, the SEA editorial board and production personnel at Wiley. The editor supervises the flow of submissions through each step of production, maintaining timetables for two issues at different points in the production process, keeping records, and providing quarterly reports to the SEA Board and writing an Annual Report to the AAA. Templates for communication and database records are established. The Society also encourages ongoing announcements of journal publications via the Society’s email and social media outlets.


Qualities of a successful Editor will include a strong background in writing, excellent communication, time management and record keeping skills. The position averages 10 hours/week to stay atop steady demands. The SEA may be able to offer modest financial support for the Editor and suggests applicants seek additional support from their institution. Additional support could include course release(s) for professional service, travel money to the annual AAA and SEA meetings to recruit authors and reviewers and market the journal, and/or graduate assistant(s) and undergraduate students to serve as a managing editor and journal interns, respectively.


Background of Economic Anthropology

Economic Anthropology was founded in 2013. The first publication appeared in January 2014 under the capable management of Editor, Lisa Cliggett. Kate Browne became Editor in 2015. Browne initiated a shortened timeframe from submission to publication and launched the “Symposium,” a feature that asks top researchers to offer brief answers to compelling social questions. Brandon D. Lundy became editor in 2017. Lundy established the journal’s book review section, while his advocacy of individual articles via the Society’s listserv and at conference meetings was one of his many contributions that allowed the journal to rank highly when receiving its first impact factor. The journal now has a book review editor to invite and manage contributions.


Of the two issues per year, one allows “open submissions” of papers and features both regular-length papers and the Symposium forum with five short essays by high-profile economic anthropologists. Another issue is guest-edited by the Program Chair(s) of the previous year’s SEA meeting. This themed issue builds on the meeting’s intellectual directions and encourages scholarly community around a shared topic. For a full list of past issues and associated themes, please see the journal website.


To apply, please send:

1. An abbreviated CV that documents the applicant’s qualifications for this position.

2. A statement of interest (500-750 words) in which you discuss why you would like to edit the journal, your vision for the journal and how to grow EAs national and international reputation, and what strengths, experience and capabilities you would bring to the editorship,

3. A brief statement about the support you anticipate receiving from your institution.

Please send Applications to: Carolyn Lesorogol, Chair, EA Search Committee at

Deadline for Submissions: October 3, 2022.

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