Call for New Editors of J19:

The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists

As their five-year term draws to a close, C19 would like to thank Betsy Duquette and Stacey Margolis for their excellent leadership at the helm of our journal. We are now beginning the process of selecting a new editorial team to begin in 2022.


C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists hopes to have new editors selected by summer 2021 so that the next editors of J19 can have time to shadow the present editors, giving the new editors both a good sense of the journal’s editorial process, and a role in making selections of the essays that will be published after the next editorship begins.


C19 has a strong preference for editorial pairs who have discussed in advance their mutual interest in the position, although we will also consider proposals from single editors or editorial teams of more than two people. The C19 Executive Committee, in consultation with the current co-editors, is charged with selecting the next editors of the Society’s journal.


Proposals from prospective editors are invited by June 15, 2021 and should be emailed to C19 President Edlie Wong at We ask for CVs and statements of interest that address the candidates’ qualifications and editorial vision for J19. We also ask for a letter of institutional support from each candidate's home institution (letters might detail what kind of support the institution can offer, for example course releases for editors or financial assistance and subventions for editorial support staff). Finalists will be interviewed later in the summer. Prospective editors must be members of C19. If you have any questions about the application and selection process, feel free to contact


Our J19 co-editors have produced a detailed summary sheet describing their work, which can be accessed here. Betsy and Stacey are also happy to confer with anyone considering the J19 position. Please feel to contact them directly. Our new Ad Hoc Committee on Events will host an informational Q&A session with our co-editors later this spring.

Read more about the job description of J19 editors here


Image: Letter from Frederick Douglass, Springfield, Mass, to William Lloyd Garrison, Jan. 13, 1856

Courtesy, Boston Public Library