Seeking editor for Economic Anthropology

The Society for Economic Anthropology seeks applications for Editor of the SEA journal, Economic Anthropology, an AAA publication through Wiley Online and indexed in AnthroSource. The Editor serves for a three-year term and oversees production of two journal issues per year.

The position as Editor offers excellent opportunities for advancing the scholarship of economic anthropology and for contributing to the life force of the SEA. In 2021, Economic Anthropology had the highest impact factor (3.439) among all journals housed within the American Anthropological Association and ranked 7th among the 93 anthropology journals listed in Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics). The impact factor builds on the robust quality of article downloads, as well as on the welcoming community of scholars that have contributed to and supported the journal.

The position begins officially in April 2023 at the SEA spring meeting. However, current Editor Brandon Lundy requests a transitional plan begin January 2023. This plan would include collaboration to ensure a seamless transition. Specific tasks of the Editor include evaluating submissions, locating peer reviewers, overseeing copyediting, communicating with authors, peer reviewers, guest editors, the SEA editorial board and production personnel at Wiley. The editor supervises the flow of submissions through each step of production, maintaining timetables for two issues at different points in the production process, keeping records, and providing quarterly reports to the SEA Board and writing an Annual Report to the AAA. Templates for communication and database records are established. The Society also encourages ongoing announcements of journal publications via the Society’s email and social media outlets.

Qualities of a successful Editor will include a strong background in writing, excellent communication, time management and record keeping skills. The position averages 10 hours/week to stay atop steady demands. The SEA may be able to offer modest financial support for the Editor and suggests applicants seek additional support from their institution. Additional support could include course release(s) for professional service, travel money to the annual AAA and SEA meetings to recruit authors and reviewers and market the journal, and/or graduate assistant(s) and undergraduate students to serve as a managing editor and journal interns, respectively.

To apply, please send:

  1. An abbreviated CV that documents the applicant’s qualifications for this position.
  2. A statement of interest (500-750 words) in which you discuss why you would like to edit the journal, your vision for the journal and how to grow EAs national and international reputation, and what strengths, experience and capabilities you would bring to the editorship.
  3. A brief statement about the support you anticipate receiving from your institution.

Please send Applications to: Carolyn Lesorogol, Chair, EA Search Committee at

Deadline for Submissions: October 3, 2022.

2022 M. Estellie Smith Dissertation Fund awardees

Hello Economic Anthropologists,

On behalf of the M. Estellie Smith Dissertation Award Committee (myself, Ipshita Ghosh, and Shelly Biesel) I am pleased to announce this year’s winner:

Adrian Wilson, University of California Berkeley, for his project entitled, “The Economic Imaginaries of Evidence-Based Development in East Africa.”

Adrian is taking a hard look at how development workers in Kenya are testing and implementing the kinds of experimental development projects championed by recent Nobel laureates Banerjee, Duflo, and Kremer, champions of randomized controlled trials. (Adrian’s abstract is pasted at the end of this message).

It was a very hard decision, as we received many wonderful proposals that were worthy of funding. If you or your student applied but was not awarded, giant pats on the back are well deserved!

Thanks, and here’s Adrian’s abstract:

“This project is a multi-sited ethnographic research study of the scientific field of “evidence-based development” research in East Africa — of the development economists who design such research, the research staff who carry it out, and the research participants whose behaviors and thought processes are being studied. My aim is not so much to describe the economic, political, and social interventions made by researchers operating in field (others have already done so) as to analyze this field as a site at which different understandings of the economic — held by development economists, researchers, and research participants — intersect and interact.”

Bram Tucker
Chair, M. Estellie Smith Dissertation Award

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