At the recent AAA Annual Meeting held in Montreal, Canada, the Executive Board voted to appoint Michael Chibnik (U Iowa) as the new Editor-in-Chief for the association’s flagship journal, American Anthropologist. Chibnik has a wealth of experience in journal editing and publishing, and is currently the editor of the Anthropology of Work Review and a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Iowa Press. Chibnik is also an active member of AAA and its committees and sections; he is a former chair of AAA’s Labor Relations Committee and is a current member of the executive board for the Society for the Anthropology of Work.
Chibnik has said that his vision for the journal is to publish new and significant material in the discipline theoretically, methodologically, and empirically. Articles of practical importance that promote scientific and cultural significance in the field are also a priority for the journal. He also hopes to broaden the journal’s audience to embrace a wider international and non-anthropological scope.
Chibnik will begin the position in July 1, 2012 when the current Editor-in-Chief, Tom Boellstorff’s term ends. Boellstorff has been the journal’s Editor-in-Chief since September 2008. During his tenure, American Anthropologist has dramatically increased its audience base and is currently the most downloaded journal in Wiley-Blackwell’s social science and humanities journal portfolio.