The Executive Board of the African Studies Association and Cambridge University Press are pleased to announce the appointment of Benjamin N. Lawrance as the Editor-in-Chief of the African Studies Review (ASR). Dr. Lawrance is a prize-winning historian of social justice who studies comparative historical and contemporary slavery, human trafficking, cuisine and globalization, human rights, refugee mobilities, and asylum decision-making. He is the author of two well reviewed monographs, most recently Amistad’s Orphans (Yale 2014), has edited and co-edited nine volumes, most recently Citizenship in Question: Evidentiary Birthright and Statelessness with Jacqueline Stevens (Duke, 2016), and Marriage by Force? Contestation over Consent and Coercion in Africa, with Annie Bunting and Richard L. Roberts (Ohio, 2016), and authored or co-authored over sixty articles, book chapters, and review essays.

As Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Lawrance will oversee a restructuring of the journal and an expansion of outreach and mentoring activities, particularly focusing on emerging Africanist scholars, issues of diversity and representation, and developing synergies with new scholarly developments on the African continent.

Dr. Lawrance will be working with a remarkable group of Editors, reflecting the expansive and dynamic contours of interdisciplinary Africanist scholarship in the North American academy and beyond. The new incoming Editors are:

Akosua Adomako Ampofo, University of Ghana
Peter Alegi, Michigan State University
Leonardo Arriola, University of California, Berkeley
Annie Bunting, York University
Claudia Gastrow, University of Johannesburg
Kenneth Harrow, Michigan State University
Cajetan Iheka, University of Alabama
Patricia Makepe, University of Botswana
Ben Talton, Temple University
Richard Waller, Bucknell University

The African Studies Review is the principal academic and scholarly journal of the African Studies Association, and the leading Africanist journal in North America. In the 2016 Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics, 2017), the ASR received a 0.745 Impact Factor score, ranking the journal 22nd of 69 titles in Area Studies, and 5th among African Studies titles. Under the leadership of Dr. Lawrance, and with the assistance of Kathryn Salucka in the role of Managing Editor and an expanded Editorial Review Board comprising leading scholars from around the world, the African Studies Review will build on its recent achievements by expanding its readership, and improving its visibility and standing as the primary vehicle for the North American community of African studies.