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

Appointment to begin February 2021

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 February 2021. The new editors will join an editorial collective with the current PoLAR editors to co-edit 2 issues over a 9 month period. The new editor(s) will assume full editorial responsibility for the Spring 2022 issue. The editorship is for 3 years. Please note that applications from members of underrepresented groups will be prioritized. The new editor(s) will be expected to join APLA, if not already a member(s).

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 and book reviews in two annual issues. The journal editor(s) closely work with the PoLAR-Online Editor, who manages the journal website, which includes Virtual Issues and supplementary content that builds on and complements material published in the journal: The PoLAR editor(s) will also oversee and advise a social media strategy to publicize and highlight the journal and select a new Book Review Editor for the journal.

The ideal candidate(s) will have a combination of skills and strengths such as: editorial vision; 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; ability to manage peer review, 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 to advancing the journal in new publication practices, including attention to diversity and inclusion in citational practice.    

Self-nominations are welcome. A completed nomination package includes a letter of application from the candidate which includes a mission/vision 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 indicate whether you have made contact with the individual regarding their interest in the position. Please direct inquiries regarding the position to the current President of APLA, Erica Bornstein, at

The Editor Search Committee is comprised of APLA President Erica Bornstein (, President-Elect Ilana Gershon (, and Treasurer Kate Sullivan ( Please submit nomination packages to all three members of the selection committee by November 15, 2020.

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