Call for Applications: New Editor or Editorial Team for MENA Politics

Deadline: June 1, 2024

We invite applications and nominations for the editorship of the newsletter, MENA Politics—the
official publication of the APSA organized section on Middle East politics.  The editorship
carries a three-year term, with the task of overseeing two issues per calendar year (fall/winter and
spring/summer).  The section provides a $250 stipend per issue for an editorial/production
assistant (such as a graduate student).  The editorial term will start after the fall 2024 issue.

The main responsibilities of the new editor, or editorial team, include:

-Soliciting section-relevant information for every issue, such as news from the section board,
award winners, and bulletins from affiliated initiatives, such as APSA’s MENA Workshops;

-Curating and editing content for every issue, which typically includes one to three stand-alone
academic articles (2,500 to 4,000 words), one to two themed scholarly symposia (clusters of 4-6
short articles on the same topic, each 1,500 to 2,000 words), and at least one interactive
roundtable (short essays between scholars in dialogue on a shared engagement, such as a book
under review or mutual teaching challenge);

-Producing every issue according to the highest visual standards, with the final output taking the
form of a downloadable PDF to be disseminated throughout the organized section, other APSA
members, and the broader fields of Middle East political science and Middle East studies;

-Selecting editorial board members, after collecting nominations and self-nominations from the
section;

-Conducting two editorial meetings per year with the 8-person editorial board (coinciding with
the start of every issue under development), which assists the editors by providing suggestions,
brainstorming ideas, and volunteering to write or help organize content for the upcoming issue;

-Attending the board meetings of the organized section in the capacity of ex officio officer.

Please send nominations or applications to the current editorial team: Nermin Allam
(nermin.allam@rutgers.edu), Gamze Çavdar (gamze.cavdar@colostate.edu), and Sean Yom
(seanyom@temple.edu).  Applications should include a current CV, and proposal (one page or
less) that lays out an editorial vision, including potential ideas for future issues and any planned
innovations—including changing the current format or experimenting with new sections.
Applications will be shared with the newsletter editorial board under our practice of inclusive
governance, with final decisions rendered by the current editors in conjunction with the section
board. The deadline for applications and nominations is June 1, 2024.