Call for Nominations: Editor(s) of Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR)

The Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA) Board of Directors seeks nominations for the next editor(s) of the Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR). We aim to announce the appointment by November 2017. After shadowing the current co-editors on the Fall 2018 issue, the new editor(s) will assume editorial responsibility for the Spring 2019 issue. The editorship is for 3-4 years. Please note that participation by members of underrepresented groups in the publication process is encouraged and will be welcomed. The new editor(s) will be expected to join APLA .

The Political and Legal Anthropology Review has a strong record of consistently publishing outstanding and cutting edge research across the breadth of political and legal anthropology. PoLAR is a forum for anthropological scholarship, defined broadly; we welcome submissions from scholars engaged in ethnographic and theoretical explorations of politics, law and their interstices. The journal publishes individual research articles, thematic symposia and book reviews in two annual issues. The journal editor(s) will work with the PoLAR-Online editor, who manages the journal website, which includes “virtual issues” and “spillover” content that build on the published material within the journal:

The ideal candidate(s) will have a combination of skills and strengths such as: knowledge of the broad domain of political and legal anthropology; adequate time to fulfill responsibilities; excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills; evidence of good management skills; the ability to select and lead an editorial board; peer review and editorial experience and/or familiarity with online submission and manuscript tracking systems; a distinguished record of research; service to and leadership in the anthropological community; commitment to mentoring early career scholars; the capacity to build on the journal’s established record of success; ideas about and receptivity to novel approaches in order to advance the journal within a era of new publication practices; and a willingness to manage budgets and finances for the journal in collaboration with the APLA board. The new editor(s) will appoint a new PoLAR editorial board and participate in the selection of a new PoLAR Online editor.

Self-nominations are welcome. A completed nomination package includes a letter of application from the candidate which should include a mission statement for the editorship; the candidate’s vitae; 2 letters of support from published scholars familiar with the candidate’s work, experience and suitability for the task of journal editing; and a letter of institutional support from the candidate’s home institution. If you are nominating a colleague, please provide a brief explanation of why you think the individual is well qualified and also indicate whether you have made contact with the individual regarding their interest in the position. Please direct inquiries regarding the position to Catherine Besteman, President of APLA, at

The Editor Search Committee is led by Co Chairs Catherine Besteman ( and Erik Harms (, to whom nomination packages should be sent. Review of packets will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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