JOB OPPORTUNITY: The American Journal of Economics and Sociology Seeks Editors

AJES Mission

The mission of AJES is to provide scholars and citizens with tools and methods drawn from various disciplines that can aid in solving social and economic problems. Most academic journals provide a platform for discussion of specialized questions in a single discipline. AJES, by contrast, encourages the use of academic tools to address practical social concerns. Instead of claiming a primarily positivist orientation, AJES fosters normative reflection about institutions that promote sharing of economic rents, social inclusion, truly competitive markets, and effective systems of accountability.  AJES continues to receive inspiration from the work of Henry George, whose understanding of socially created value (i.e., economic rent) shaped his views on wages, business cycles, tax policy, housing production, macroeconomic stability, and many other questions involving both equity and efficiency. In that tradition, AJES is not content to describe or analyze oppressive social conditions. It seeks to offer theories and practices that can be used to change those conditions.

History of AJES

The American Journal of Economics and Sociology (AJES) was founded in 1941 by a small group of scholars who sought to “lay bare the cause or causes” of World War II and to develop “social theory in order to map out a well-thought-out plan of social reform” (Franz Oppenheimer 1941: ii, iv). The work and ideas of Henry George (1839-1897) were among the most prominent sources of inspiration that guided these founding scholars and subsequent AJES editors. As John Dewey (1941: ii) wrote in his “Introduction” to the first issue:

Although the American Journal of Economics and Sociology is not committed to swearing loyalty to any one master, it is certainly fitting that an American endeavor at synthesis in the social field should honor the work of Henry George. For I know of no writer by whom the interdependence of all aspects and phases of human relations, economic, political, cultural, moral, has been so vigorously and so sympathetically set forth.

AJES has two job openings for editors to begin August 1, 2022.

Editor-in-Chief

The editor-in-chief (EIC) will be in charge of overall management of the journal, which involves publishing 5 issues per year. For three issues per year, the EIC will set conditions for submissions of articles. The EIC will also be responsible for the final stages of publishing two issues prepared by the special issues editor. Candidates for the position of EIC should indicate the steps they will take to promote the submission of articles that address questions pertaining to the overall aim of the journal: increasing understanding of how to make economic and social relationships more just. Since the concept of justice is central to the journal, candidates are strongly encouraged to provide a statement indicating their view of what that term means both in theory and in practice. Candidates with the backing of a university are encouraged to describe the types of support the university might provide.

To apply please submit:

  1. A current C.V.
  2. A personal statement (500-1,000 words) describing your concept of justice and what that term means in both theory and practice.

Email materials to [email protected]

Special Issues Editor

The special issues editor will be responsible for two issues per year. Each special issue will be on a specific theme, topic, or question. In the past, these issues have covered a wide range of topics from homelessness to Catholic social thought to feminist utopian literature. What connects all of these issues and what inspired the founders of the journal in 1941 is the use of the methods and insights from various academic disciplines to study social problems in pursuit of just and practical solutions. Candidates for this position should indicate at least five potential topics for special issues and an explanation of how they would find authors for at least two of these topics. Candidates may review the following issues of the journal for further guidance on topic and theme:

                   Volume 74, Issue 1: Is there a Universal Basis for Human Rights?

                  Volume 75, Issue 1: Urban Reform in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

                  Volume 77, Issue 3-4: Responding to the Cumulative Damage of Racism 

                  Volume 78, Issue 5: The Social Problem of Monopoly

                  Volume 79, Issue 2: Rethinking Homelessness

To apply please submit:

  1. A current C.V.
  2. A statement (500-1,000 words) describing how you, as special issues editor, would incorporate the ideas or acknowledge the legacy of Henry George in at least one issue per year. Candidates do not need to identify as “Georgist” to be considered for this position; they should, however, understand and appreciate the extent to which George’s ideas shaped economic and social scientific inquiry in the 20th century.
  3. Five potential topics for special issues and an explanation of how they would find authors for at least two of these topics.

Email materials to [email protected]

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