Call for Applications: Managing Editor

The Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School is dedicated to promoting research and providing resources for the academic study of Islamic law.

The Program in Islamic Law, is seeking a Managing Editor to assist with management of the submission and review pipeline. Our Publications promote cutting-edge scholarship on Islamic law. The Harvard Series on Islamic Law at PIL (a book series with Harvard University Press), the Harvard Papers in Islamic Law occasional paper series, and the Journal in Islamic Law produce peer-reviewed scholarship. The related Journal Forum (an online companion to the Journal) and Blog (for public engagement: open access) facilitate more up-to-the minute scholarly conversation and debate on less formal platforms.

The commitment will ideally begin June 1, 2023 and end May 31, 2024, with the possibility for renewal.

The role of the Managing Editor includes:

  • Managing the intake of overviews and reviews for the various publications;
  • Soliciting project overviews and reviews in consultation with the editors of the publications;
  • Maintaining the email account, directing queries to editors as appropriate, and communicating with project directors and reviewers;
  • Keeping the submission spreadsheets for the publications updated, reflecting the status of each project based on communication with project directors and reviewers;
  • Meeting every other week with the editors to provide an update on the submission and review pipeline.

We anticipate that this is a commitment of approximately 10 hours/week, as the workload of the publications ebbs and flows with the rhythms of the academic year and summer. Managing editor tasks can be done on a flexible timeline, but we need a collaborator who can commit to dividing their work over the week to ensure that the submission and review pipeline keeps moving. This is a remote role. The Managing Editor will receive pay commensurate with experience, ranging from $45-$50 per hour.

Required Qualifications: BA required. 2 years experience in an editorial position is strongly preferred. Strong organizational skills, strong written communication skills in English. Arabic language proficiency is desired but not required.

The Managing Editor role is suited for people with working knowledge of Islamic studies (law, history, and theology) and digital humanities, regardless of the role or job title they hold (e.g., graduate students, faculty, librarians, archivists, cultural heritage workers, technologists).

Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

To apply: Interested candidates should send a resume or CV with a brief description (3-5 sentences) of why they are interested to Emma Reilly at <[email protected]>  with [email protected] cc’d.

Deadline: May 19, 2023