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Modern American History (MAH) showcases top-quality, emerging research on the history of the United States since the 1890s. Establishing a long-overdue meeting place for scholars and practitioners working in this vibrant and expansive field, MAH aims to stimulate debate, make meaningful connections between subspecialties, and advance understanding about an era of continuing impact.

For all the variety found in United States history since the late nineteenth century, an overarching set of developments and key problems now animate the field, setting it apart from earlier eras and making the prospect of a dedicated journal especially timely. Such themes include, though are not limited to, the creation of a modern state; the rise and decline of an industrial political economy; the emergence of the U.S. as a world power; rising consumer expectations and life expectancy; accelerating technological and environmental change; the transformation of urban, suburban, and regional landscapes; mass migration amid new legal regulations and border regimes; and the elaboration of modern forms of political rights and personal identity, including beliefs about how race, gender, class, religion, health, and sexuality inform the national experience. MAH creates a “big tent” arena for broadly inclusive and trailblazing conversations about this recent past.

For authors the journal provides the opportunity to reach an audience beyond particular subfields. Contributors benefit from a close, personalized editorial process and individual promotion of their work. They also have the freedom to retain copyright and satisfy their institutions’ open access requirements. Attuned from the outset to 21stcentury possibilities, the journal offers online ahead of print publication and encourages the use of multimedia and other dynamic, supplementary material.

Readers can expect compelling, eloquent articles of lasting importance. In addition to presenting an array of the field’s best new scholarship, carefully chosen through a rigorous peer-review process, each issue also carries substantial review essays, forums, and innovative special features. This “below-the-fold” section enables readers to engage with the big questions driving the field, and to enjoy pieces that are concise, provocative, smart, and sometimes even playful.

MAH’s editors welcome both article submissions and proposals for forums and special features. They encourage work that extends beyond the topics listed above, proposes different chronologies or geographies, straddles the methods of more than one subfield, or otherwise bridges traditional divides.

Modern American History
  • ISSN: 2515-0456 (Print), 2397-1851 (Online)
  • Editors: Brooke L. Blower Boston University, MA and Sarah T. Phillips Boston University, MA
  • Editorial board
Modern American History (MAH) showcases top-quality, emerging research on the history of the United States since the 1890s. Aiming to stimulate debate and make meaningful connections between the subfields of this vibrant and expansive field, the journal publishes compelling peer-reviewed articles as well as substantial review essays, forums, and other special features.

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  • Q&A with journal editors at AHA 2018
  • When: 06 Jan 2018
  • Editors from a range of academic journals, including the editors of new Cambridge University Press journal Modern American History, will discuss the state of journals and the practicalities of publishing your article, from submission and review to acceptance and final publication.