AAUP Welcomes Jennifer Ruth as Editor of Journal of Academic Freedom

The AAUP is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer H. Ruth as the new editor of the online AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom. Ruth, who will begin her term as editor with the seventh volume of JAF, is an associate professor of English at Portland State University. Her scholarly work covers many areas, including Victorian literature and industrialism, professionalism, and academic labor in the Victorian era and the present. Ruth is the author of Novel Professions: Interested Disinterest and the Making of the Professional in the Victorian Novel and coauthor, along with Michael Bérubé, of The Humanities, Higher Education, and Academic Freedom: Three Necessary Arguments. She has also published many journal and magazine articles, encyclopedia entries, and book reviews.

JAF was established in 2010, filling the need for a single scholarly journal focusing on issues of academic freedom. Henry Reichman, AAUP first vice-president and chair of the AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, said “Jennifer Ruth's wide-ranging interests in topics as diverse as Victorian literature and higher education in China, her fervent commitment to academic freedom and shared governance, and her ambitious, innovative, and courageous efforts to address the profound implications of universities' increasing reliance on non-tenure-track faculty, make her an ideal candidate to edit the Journal of Academic Freedom. Ruth has offered numerous exciting ideas for the publication's future. If only a portion of these come to fruition, AAUP members and other readers of the Journal will have plenty to be excited about.”

The Journal of Academic Freedom is available online at http://www.academicfreedomjournal.org/index.html. The sixth volume, guest edited by Michael Bérubé, is forthcoming in September 2015.

Publication Date: 
Thursday, September 10, 2015