Search for New State Politics & Policy Quarterly Editor

The president of the State Politics and Policy section of the American Political Science Association, Christopher Z. Mooney, announces the formation of a search committee to solicit proposals for a new editor or editorial team for State Politics and Policy Quarterly (SPPQ). A highly qualified person or team of persons is sought for a four-year term to edit manuscripts that are submitted to SPPQ between June 2020 and May 2024. Nominations as well as proposals are encouraged.

SPPQ is the flagship journal of the State Politics and Policy organized section of the APSA. Founded in 2001, it has quickly become one of the top field journals in the discipline, with a 2017 Impact Factor of 1.425. The journal has a very strong financial footing, and it is highly prized and respected by the members of the section. The new editor(s) will begin taking in new manuscripts in June 2020.

The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2019.

To Apply: Candidates should email (as PDF attachments) the following information to Thad Kousser
(, chair of the search committee, by May 1, 2019:

  • A letter of interest explaining the candidate’s (or team of candidates’) relevant experience, goals
    for the journal, ideas for innovations or changes (if any), and a discussion of the resource
    support to be provided by his or her home institution.
  • Any proposal for a team of editors should also provide some discussion of the proposed
    arrangement of responsibilities among the team members.
  • A current curriculum vita for each member of the editorial team.

The search committee is also interested in proposals to ensure diversity and inclusiveness at the journal, broadly construed, as well as any other proposals for innovation. The members of the 2019 SPPQ Editor Search Committee are:

  • Thad Kousser (chair), University of California at San Diego
  • Paul Djupe, Denison University
  • Jan Leighley, American University
  • Caroline Tolbert, University of Iowa

View full proposal description here.