Call for Book Review Editor for Urban History – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Date / time: 26 April, 5:00 pm

Call for Book Review Editor for Urban History - CALL FOR APPLICATIONS


Call for Book Review Editor for Urban History 

Urban History seeks to appoint a new book reviews editor for publications on urban history before 1800.

This is an exciting opportunity to become involved with a world-leading journal for urban historical research. Urban History is published by Cambridge University Press and occupies a central place in historical scholarship, with an outstanding record of interdisciplinary contributions, and a broad-based and distinguished panel of referees and international advisors. Each issue features wide-ranging research articles covering social, economic, political and cultural aspects of the history of towns and cities and supplementary material including periodical reviews, thesis reviews and book reviews.  We believe that book reviews are an essential service for the academic community and the coverage of our book reviews is global and chronologically diverse.

About the Review Editor role

Book review editors are responsible for liaising with publishers to secure books for review; commissioning reviews from prospective reviewers; reviewing and editing reviews once they are submitted and liaising with the journal editors over publication.  We aim to publish 10-15 reviews in each issue of the journal.

We currently have two editors covering the medieval and early modern period (to 1800) and the modern era (post-1800) and are seeking to appoint a new colleague to cover the early modern period.

We expect the new editor to be able to start on 1 September 2024.

We are happy to receive applications from individuals at different career stages and we welcome applications from historians – working in any context – from under-represented groups, including those from minoritized ethnic groups, disabled people, LGBTQIA+ people, and those who are ‘first generation’ in Higher Education.

The positions attract an annual honorarium.

Successful candidates will be fully supported by the outgoing reviews editor (Justin Colson) and the journal editors (Shane Ewen, Roey Sweet, Domenic Vitiello and Rosemary Wakeman).

How to apply

Those interested in making an application for the position of review editor should send to Roey Sweet (

– a CV (no more than 3 pages)
– a summary of 300 words outlining your interest in the role


Informal enquiries about the role, including honorarium payments, can be made to: Professor Roey Sweet

Deadline for applications: 5.00pm on Friday 26 April