The DC History Center seeks a dynamic scholar/editor to fill the contract position of Editor of Washington History magazine.

Washington History is the DC History Center’s flagship publication. Featuring the most recent scholarship in the history of Washington, DC and its metropolitan area, this peer-reviewed, semi-annual magazine combines the rigorous scholarship of a journal with the accessible writing style and heavy illustrations of a popular magazine. As a hybrid, it emphasizes fully sourced and vetted scholarship, while presenting materials in an inviting and readable format. It is designed to appeal to a non-specialist public, as well as professional scholars. By promoting scholarship, sharing knowledge, and providing information about the organization, Washington History plays an essential role in fulfilling the DC History Center’s mission. The magazine mixes essays of current relevance with studies reaching back to the city’s beginnings, with the consistent inclusion of scholarship about DC’s communities of color.

The magazine, published in spring and fall, is a benefit of DC History Center membership and is available by subscription and via bookstore and online sales. For more details on recent issues, please see JSTOR.

The Editor is responsible for delivering two issues of Washington History magazine each year on time and on budget. The Editor is supported by the Managing Editor, Graphic Designer, and Review Editor (all contractors), graduate student interns, volunteer proofreaders, and an Editorial Board of advisors. The Editor reports to the Executive Director. Requirements include experience as a scholar in urban and/or social history or related field with knowledge of Washington, DC history. Annual compensation is $25,000 (no benefits) for this part-time contract.

For details, and to apply, please go to

Application deadline: March 30, 2022

Date posted: January 11, 2022