Call for USSO Editors

As the terms of the current editorial board come to an end, several positions are opening up at the BAAS postgraduate and early career researcher blog U.S. Studies Online.

U.S. Studies Online welcomes proactive individuals to join its editorial board as of April 2018. We invite applications from enthusiastic doctoral and early career researchers who are committed to developing U.S. Studies Online in its support of the American and Canadian Studies field. The positions available include Book Reviews Editor, Event Reviews Editor, Social Media Editor and European Relations Editor. The application deadline is 1st April 2018.

The duties and skills required for the role are detailed in the application form here: USSO Editorial Positions 2018

To apply for the position please submit your completed application form and CV to Todd Carter ( and Jade Tullett (

Here’s what our current assistant editors say about working for U.S. Studies Online:

“The role of Event Reviews Editor has provided a wealth of opportunities, from networking to professional development.  It has been particularly useful in developing my editing skills, providing practical experience of reviewing work from a range of postgraduates, ECRs, and academics.  It has also allowed me to keep up-to-date with new and exciting research in the field and develop relationships with a wide variety of researchers. The role is incredibly rewarding, and it has been a pleasure to make a contribution to a dedicated and talented team.” – Dr Rachael Alexander, Event Reviews Editor 2016-2018; Co-editor 2018 –

“I joined USSO as a first year PhD student who was just starting out and learning the ropes. Looking back now, two years later, as I am coming towards the end of my PhD, I can sincerely say that I made a wise choice all those months ago. Being a member of the editorial staff has opened up the world of American studies in Britain and allowed me to connect with scholars across the country. Working as book reviews editor, I’m always on top of the latest scholarship and have established a good rapport with many of the field’s publishers. I enjoy that our work at USSO is truly interdisciplinary,  helping me to broaden the scope of my own research.” – Ruth Lawlor, Book Reviews Editor 2016-2018; Co-editor 2018 –

“As U.S. Studies Online’s Social Media editor, I’ve gained invaluable professional skills whilst developing academic connections with literary scholars and historians in the wider American Studies community. Running USSO’s Twitter Book-hour, I’ve led an innovative online discussion forum centred on American literary titles (started by USSO’s previous editor Michelle Green). My successor will have the opportunity to develop Book-hour according to their own research interests and I couldn’t recommend the position highly enough to future applicants.” – Christina Brennan, Social Media Editor 2016-2018

“In the last two years, I had the opportunity to develop the new role of European Relations Editor. During my term I established new contacts with talented scholars across the world, commisioning research posts and leading interviews on all things transnational. I promoted international research fellowships, and was particularly fascinated by the wealth of thought and ideas across Europe on how to integrate notions of the transnationl into reseach at a challengging time politically, when borders are being built again. On the practical side, editing research posts has given mew new insights into innovative forms of academic communication and publishing.” – Katharina Donn, European Relations Editor 2016-2018


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