Interview: On Being the Editor of AJS

Andrew Abbott

Abstract


Andrew Abbott, editor of the American Journal of Sociology from 2000 to 2016, explains in this interview the role of an editor, discusses criticisms against flagship journals, relativizes the influence of editors, praises colleagues participating in the peer review process and offers a look at the back- stage of academic publishing.   


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  • Editors
  • Peter Baehr (Lingnan University, Hong Kong),
  • Fernanda Beigel (Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina),
  • Christian Fleck (University of Graz, Austria),
  • Andreas Hess (University College Dublin, Ireland),
  • Laurent Jeanpierre (Université Paris 8, Vincennes-Saint-Denis, France)
  • Olessia Kirtchik (National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia)
  • Thomas Koenig (Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria)
  • George Steinmetz (University of Michigan, USA)
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  • Managing Editors
  • Matthias Duller (University of Graz, Austria)
  • Carl Neumayr (University of Graz, Austria) 
  • Associate Editors
  • Ivan Boldyrev (Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands)
  • Thibaud Boncourt (Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France)
  • Matteo Bortolini (University of Padua, Italy)
  • Marcia Consolim (Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil)
  • Christian Dayé (Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt, Austria)
  • Jefferson Pooley (Muhlenberg College, Allentown PA, USA)
  • Elisabeth Simbürger (Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile)
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  • Book review Editor
  • Kristoffer Kropp (Roskilde University, Denmark) 

  • Language Editor
  • Kate Forbes-Pitt 
  • International Advisory Board
  • Richard Bellamy (University College London, United Kingdom)
  • Mark Bevir (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Peter Breiner (State University of New York, USA)
  • Peter Burke (University of Cambridge, Emmanuel College, United Kingdom)
  • Hamilton Cravens (Iowa State University, USA) †
  • Paul H. Erickson (Wesleyan University, USA)
  • Jean-Louis Fabiani (Central European University, Budapest and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
  • Liah Greenfeld (Boston University, USA)
  • Johan Heilbron (Erasmus University, Rotterdam and Centre de sociologie européenne, Paris)
  • Dirk Kaesler (University of Marburg, Germany)
  • Michèle Lamont (Harvard University, USA)
  • Wolf Lepenies (Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Germany)
  • Sergio Miceli (Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil)
  • Philip E. Mirowski, (University of Notre Dame, USA)
  • Helga Nowotny (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
  • William Outhwaite (Newcastle University, United Kingdom)
  • Margaret Schabas (University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • Cherry Schrecker (Université Grenoble-Alpes, France)
  • Peter D. Simonson (University of Colorado, USA)
  • Pierre Singaravélou (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France)
  • Friedrich Stadler (University of Vienna, Austria)
  • Nico Stehr (Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Germany)
  • Eleanor R. Townsley (Mount Holyoke College, USA)
  • Stephen P. Turner (University of South Florida, USA)
  • Gary Wickham (Murdoch University, Australia),