Applications from current doctoral students in American Studies, English, History, Politics, or cognate disciplines are invited for the post of Assistant to the Associate Editors. The role of the Editorial Assistant will be to manage the book reviews section of the Journal of American Studies, an interdisciplinary journal published quarterly by Cambridge University Press.

More information on the journal is available here:

The successful candidate will work alongside the journal’s incoming Associate Editors, Dr. Zalfa Feghali (University of Leicester), and Dr Ben Offiler (Sheffield Hallam University) liaising with contributors and publishers through the commissioning, editing, and production process. The annual salary is £3,600 which is paid on a monthly basis. The successful candidate can expect to work 25 hours per month.

Good communication and editing skills, an interest in academic publishing and excellent organisational skills are essential for this post. Since books will need to be posted to reviewers on a regular basis, the successful candidate will have to be able to work at Leicester (where the reviews section will be based) throughout the year.  They must be available to meet with the Associate Editors on a regular basis but these meetings may take place remotely.

Preference may be given to candidates who have research expertise in American Studies, as well as American Literature, History, Politics, or Cultural Studies.

If you are interested in applying for this post, please submit Dr Zalfa Feghali, ( and Dr Ben Offiler, (

  • a copy of your CV (no longer than two sides of A4)
  • a brief cover letter (no longer than one side of A4) outlining your skills, experience, and interest in the post

The closing date for applications is Friday 19 October 2018 at 5pm.

It is expected that shortlisted candidates will be interviewed during the week of 5 November 2018.

The post will commence on 1 December 2018, with the successful candidate shadowing the outgoing Editorial Assistant until January 2019.

Please direct informal inquiries to Dr Zalfa Feghali and Dr Ben Offiler.