The School of Humanities houses a number of scholarly journals that are edited—and in some cases were even founded—by Rice faculty. Scholarly journals are where intellectual innovations first appear. Rice is proud to foster the global humanities conversation.
Feminist Economics is an award-winning, peer-reviewed journal that provides an open forum for dialogue and debate about feminist economic perspectives. The journal has enlarged the scope of mainstream economic theory by extending feminist theoretical, historical, and methodological contributions to economics and has brought diverse perspectives to a field that relied on a single, often solely masculine, viewpoint. Feminist Economics contributions have been widely recognized as important by foundations, governments, and international organizations such as UN Women and the World Bank. The journal has been based at Rice since its founding in 1994 by editor Diana Strassmann, Caroline and Fred McManis Distinguished Professor in the Practice and Director, Program in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities. As the official journal of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE), it publishes four issues a year, including annual guest-edited collections that catalyze research and policy action on key issues. Its overall goal is to promote knowledge and research that improve the living conditions of all children, women, and men.
Published by Routledge/Taylor and Francis, Feminist Economics is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rfec20. The journal’s most recent (2015) impact factor of 1.154 and its attainment of approximately 63,000 full text downloads in 2015 reflects its growing international reach.
Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies
Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies is a new peer-reviewed publication devoted to the study of Gnostic religious currents from the ancient world to the modern, where “Gnostic” is broadly conceived as a reference to special direct knowledge of the divine, which either transcends or transgresses conventional religious knowledge.
The journal publishes the best of traditional historical and comparative scholarship while also featuring newer approaches that have received less attention in the established literature, such as cognitive science, cognitive linguistics, social memory, psychology, ethnography, sociology, and literary theory. Gnosis was founded by April D. DeConick, Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Rice in 2016.
Journal of Southern History
The Journal of Southern History is a quarterly devoted to the history of the American south, broadly conceived. It was founded 1935 and came to Rice in 1959. The journal publishes refereed articles and solicited book reviews on all aspects of southern history and is unrestricted as to chronological period, methodology, and southern historical topic. Contributors to the journal include almost everyone who is doing, or has done, significant work in the field of southern history. Since 2013 its editor is Randal Hall, associate professor of History at Rice. Hall succeeded editor emeritus John Boles, William P. Hobby Professor of History at Rice, who gave thirty years of distinguished service to this internationally prestigious journal.
Transnational Asia envisions Asia in transnational time and space. Interdisciplinary, transhistorical, and trans-spatial in approach, it publishes scholarship that challenges traditional understandings of Asia by moving beyond the confines of area studies and a nation-state focus, and by capturing emergent forms of Asia-related, Asia-inspired, and Asia-driven themes and sites of inquiry in the world today. All main articles are peer-reviewed. Founded in 2015 and published by Rice University, the founder-editor is Sonia Ryang, T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Asian Studies and the co-editor is Richard J. Smith, George and Nancy Rupp Professor Emeritus of Humanities and Professor of History. Both are Rice faculty.
Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft
A rigorously peer-reviewed scholarly journal, Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft draws from a broad spectrum of perspectives, methods, and disciplines, offering the widest possible geographical scope and chronological range, from prehistory to the modern era and from the Old World to the New. In addition to original research, the journal features book reviews, editorials, and lists of newly published work. One of the four editors is Claire Fanger, associate professor of Religion at Rice.
positions: asia critique is an independent refereed journal, published quarterly by Duke University Press, widely known for its prize winning special issues and innovative scholarship. Tani Barlow, Chao Professor in the Department of History at Rice, is senior and founding editor of the journal, which celebrates its 25th birthday in 2017. positions is a forum of debate. Contributors, editors, and readers advocate placing critique at the center of historical and theoretical practice, under the guiding premise that criticism has to be self-critical. Scholars of “Asia,” cognizant of the social, intellectual, and profound political changes, the intensifying global flows of labor and capital in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century, are the producers and consumers of positions.
Awards given by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, of the Modern Language Association:
Best New Journal, 1995
Best Special Issue, 1999 (Runner-Up) - empires of hygiene
Best Special Issue, 2008 - war on capital trauma
Best Special Issue, 2010 - beyond the strai(gh)t: transnationalism and queer chinese politics
Best Special Issue, 2015 - reconsidering the 2006 MIT visualizing cultures controversy
Religious Studies Review
Religious Studies Review is a well-known and widely circulating quarterly review of new publications across the entire field of religious studies and in related disciplines. Elias Bongmba of the Department of Religion at Rice is the managing editor; the journals’ editors are David B. Gray of Santa Clara University and Jeremy Biles of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. RSR's team of reviewers examine over 1,000 titles annually, both through its review essays (several of which are published in each issue) and its substantial critical book notes section (arranged in terms of the various sub-specialties in the field). RSR also publishes bibliographies and an ongoing registry of dissertations completed or in progress.
Until 2005, RSR was wholly produced and distributed by the Council of Societies for the Study of Religion; in 2009, Rice University purchased RSR, which continues to be published by Wiley.
Studies in English Literature
SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 is a quarterly journal of historical and critical studies of British literature. It is published by Rice University and produced by the Johns Hopkins University Press. Each issue is devoted to one of four fields, and includes an article reviewing books recently published in that field.
Logan Browning, professor in the practice of English and humanities, is publisher and executive editor. Joseph Campana, McKillop associate professor of English, is editor for the issues devoted to the English Renaissance and Tudor and Stuart Drama, and Alexander Regier, associate professor of English, is editor for the issues devoted to the Restoration and Eighteenth Century and the Nineteenth Century. The journal was founded in 1961 by Carroll Camden, professor of English. After many years, Edward O. Doughtie, professor of English, succeeded him. As editor, Doughtie alternated terms with Robert L. Patten, Autry Professor Emeritus and Research Professor until 1990. Between 1990 and his retirement in 2011, Patten served as sole editor. All are faculty at Rice.
In addition to the above journals:
The School of Humanities also housed for many years a major editing project: the Papers of Jefferson Davis (1971-2015). Now concluded, its 14 volumes are a valuable resource for researchers concerning the lives of all people in the south before, during, and after the Civil War. The materials supporting this project are archived at the Woodson Research Center at Rice, and, along with Journal of Southern History, help make Rice an internationally recognized center of research on the history of the U.S. South.