The University of Chicago Press has recently announced the next home of the Signs editorial office. Under the leadership of Professors Suzanna Danuta Walters and Carla Kaplan, the Signs editorial office will be housed at Northeastern University, beginning in 2015. The longstanding tradition of rotating the editorship of Signs ensures that new voices and perspectives continue to shape the field of feminist scholarship. Professor Walters will serve as editor in chief, and Professor Kaplan will serve as the chair of the board of associate editors. Professors Walters and Kaplan will officially assume leadership of the journal on January 1, 2015, and Signs will be housed at Northeastern until at least 2019. This will end Professor Mary Hawkesworth’s editorship, which began in 2005.
The press’s decision comes after a careful consideration of all proposals received, with input from preeminent feminist scholars and former Signs editors.
Professor Walters is Director of Northeastern’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and Professor of Sociology, and Professor Kaplan is the Cochair of the Board of Directors of the Graduate Consortium of Women’s Studies and Davis Distinguished Professor of American Literature. Signs’s new editorial board will be drawn from the faculty of Northeastern’s Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and of the Graduate Consortium of Women’s Studies, a collaboration among feminist scholars from nine Boston-area institutions.
Professors Walters and Kaplan share an exciting vision for the journal. Their innovative initiatives will ensure that Signs maintains its preeminent position in the field over the next five years.