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New Journal Announcement: American Political Thought (APT)

[FYI: This has made the H-Net rounds, but I think it needs an underscore for readers of this site. It is clearly a publication meant to be friendly to USIH practitioners. Bolds, hyperlinks, and italics are mine- TL]

New Journal from the University of Chicago Press: American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture

The University of Chicago Press, the University of Notre Dame’s Program in Constitutional Studies, and the Jack Miller Center are pleased to announce the launch of the only peer-reviewed academic journal exclusively devoted to the study of American political thought.

American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture is now accepting submissions and will publish its inaugural issue in spring 2012. For subscription information and complete submission guidelines, go the journal’s homepage.

The new journal will feature research by political scientists, historians, literary scholars, economists, and philosophers who study the texts, authors, and ideas at the foundation of the American political tradition. Research will explore key political concepts such as democracy, constitutionalism, equality, liberty, citizenship, political identity, and the role of the state.

Professor Michael Zuckert, director of Notre Dame’s Program in Constitutional Studies, will serve as the journal’s first editor.

“Our goal is to create the essential and defining journal for the field,” Dr. Zuckert said. “It will be a forum for analysis as well as critique of American political thinking from multiple disciplines and perspectives.”

“The new journal will be a natural complement to the new related group within the American Political Science Association dedicated to American political thought,” said Dr. Rafael Major, director of faculty development at the Jack Miller Center, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan education foundation. “Both new endeavors have already generated a strong response from both junior and senior scholars seeking an outlet for their research.”

“We’re very pleased to add American Political Thought to our roster,” said Everett Conner, manager of the University of Chicago Press Journals Division. “It will not only be a fine complement to our history and law titles, but also open new ground for the Press in serving scholars of American politics.”

APT will publish twice a year in print and online, and will include book reviews along with major articles accepted through a double blind peer-review process.

The journal is now accepting submissions on all areas of relevance including:

*Description, justification, and criticism of the institutions of constitutional democracy in the United States.
*The plurality of first principles called upon to ground these institutions and to orient political action.
*The mentality of the American people, either taken as a whole or as members of various subcultures within the polity.
*Political literature, which has sought to bring political principles to full, imaginative life.
*The ideas around which have been built the platforms of the various political parties in American political history and around which coalesce partisan coalitions today.
*The character of the United States as it presents itself on the world stage and thus in the eyes of those who live abroad.

To submit a manuscript for consideration, please send an electronic file (formatted in Microsoft Word) via the American Political Thought online submission system here. For more information on the submission process, please visit here.


And here’s the editorial staff—notice the names who are both known among USIH folks and are friendly to related topics:


Editor: Michael Zuckert
Managing Editor: S. Adam Seagrave
Editorial Board

W.B. Allen, Michigan State University
Joyce Appleby, University of California, Los Angeles
Benjamin Barber, Rutgers University
Mark Bauerlein, Emory University
Paul Cantor, University of Virginia
James Ceaser, University of Virginia
Jonathan Clark, University of Kansas
Patrick Deneen, Georgetown University
Max Edling, Uppsala Universitet
Jean Elshtain, University of Chicago
Robert Ferguson, Columbia University
Robert P. George, Princeton University
Daniel Howe, University of California, Los Angeles
Harvey Klehr, Emory University
Robert Koons, University of Texas
Harvey Mansfield, Harvard University
Wilfred McClay, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Walter McDougall, University of Pennsylvania
Pauline Maier, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Lucas Morel, Washington and Lee University
Peter Onuf, University of Virginia
Karen Orren, University of California, Los Angeles
Rogers Smith, University of Pennsylvania
Steven Smith, Notre Dame University
Eric Sundquist, University of California, Los Angeles
Keith Whittington, Princeton University
Gordon Wood, Brown University
David Wootton, University of York
Jean Yarbrough, Bowdoin College
Donald Yerxa, Eastern Nazarene College

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  1. Yes, many Straussians indeed. But that’s almost to be expected, since much of what they do fits right in with the journal’s remit. Nor is American political thought exactly a growth field in political theory beyond the Straussians. On the other hand, they have a lot of the usual historian suspects: Wood, Onuf, Appleby, Wootton, Maier, McClay, Howe, Ferguson.

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