Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The James Baldwin Review (JBR) is an annual journal that brings together a wide array of peer‐reviewed critical and creative work on the life, writings, and legacy of James Baldwin. In addition to these cutting-edge contributions, each issue contains a review of recent Baldwin scholarship and an award-winning graduate student essay. The James Baldwin Review publishes essays that invigorate scholarship on James Baldwin; catalyze explorations of the literary, political, and cultural influence of Baldwin’s writing and political activism; and deepen our understanding and appreciation of this complex and luminary figure.

It is the aim of the James Baldwin Review to provide a vibrant and multidisciplinary forum for the international community of Baldwin scholars, students, and enthusiasts.

The editors encourage the submission of cross disciplinary articles on the life, writings, and legacy of James Baldwin. Possible contributors are welcome to discuss an article proposal or outline with the Managing Editor before committing to a full submission.


Douglas Field, University of Manchester
Justin A. Joyce, Northwestern University
Dwight A. McBride, Northwestern University

Associate Editors
Houston A. Baker, Vanderbilt University
Rosa Bobia, Kennesaw State University
Herb Boyd, City College of New York
Morris Dickstein, CUNY Graduate Center
Eddie Glaude, Princeton University
Clarence E. Hardy III, Yale University
Randall Kenan, University of North Carolina
Sedat Pakay, Photographer-Film Maker
Ed Pavlić, University of Georgia
Hortense Spillers, Vanderbilt University
Eleanor W. Traylor, Howard University
Cheryl Wall, Rutgers University

Contributing Editors
Matt Brim, College of Staten Island, CUNY
Rich Blint, Columbia University
Robert J. Corber, Trinity College
Margo Natalie Crawford, Cornell University
Michele Elam, Stanford University
Roderick A. Ferguson, University of Minnesota
Jacqueline Goldsby, Yale University
Nigel Hatton, University of California, Merced
Carol E. Henderson, University of Delaware
E. Patrick Johnson, Northwestern University
Cora Kaplan, University of Southampton
John Keene, Rutgers University
D. Quentin Miller, Suffolk University
Joshua L. Miller, University of Michigan
Brian Norman, Loyola University Maryland
Claudine Raynaud, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III
Robert Reid-Pharr, CUNY Graduate Center
Alan Rice, University of Central Lancashire
Marlon Ross, University of Virginia
Bill Schwarz, Queen Mary, University of London
Lynn O. Scott, Michigan State University
Courtney Thorsson, University of Oregon
Maurice Wallace, Duke University
Dagmawi Woubshet, Cornell University
Michelle Wright, Northwestern University
Magdalena J. Zaborowska, University of Michigan


Section Policies


Peer Review Process

Submissions to the James Baldwin Review will undergo a blind peer review process by two reviewers. We rely on experts for candid but fair advice in our review process. Referees assess the originality and the literary/scholarly merit of a submission's argument. We operate a 'double-blind' refereeing process whereby author(s) and reviewers never know each other's identities. 


Publication Frequency

JBR is published annually; the inaugural volume is due to appear in 2015.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.



JBR is archived and preserved by the Portico digital preservation service and CLOCKSS. The CLOCKSS system has permission to ingest, preserve, and serve this Archival Unit. This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.