Appointed as Associate Editor, Public Books


Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows

PhD field of study

PhD, English, University of Virginia

Position Description

Public Books is an online magazine combining scholarly expertise and cutting-edge journalism. Affiliated with the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University, Public Books has the feel of an old-fashioned literary office with all the dynamism of a cutting-edge think tank: partnering with scholars and thinkers from universities around the world, collaborating with editors and writers at academic publishers, trade publishers, publications, nonprofit organizations, museums, and media outlets. Staff regularly share conversations, events, and meeting and kitchen spaces with dynamic and engaged scholars, ensuring there is plenty of cross-pollination and collaboration. The Associate Editor is a new position at Public Books that comes with extensive training, entrepreneurial opportunity, and growth potential. Reporting to the Senior Editor, the Associate Editor will rework individual articles for rhetorical strength, narrative flow, intellectual consistency, and readability for a general audience. Entering into a deep conversation with a piece of writing, they will sharpen arguments, talk with authors and section editors, suggest rewrites, propose titles, reorder paragraphs, and generally make each article the best version of itself with the largest potential readership.