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Journal Information

  • ISSN: 1933-0065
  • First Issue: 2006
  • Frequency: Biannually in Fall and Spring


Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal (EMWJ) is the only journal devoted solely to the interdisciplinary and global study of women and gender spanning the late medieval through early modern periods. Each volume gathers essays on early modern women from every country and region by scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines including art history, cultural studies, music, history, languages and literatures, political science, religion, theatre, history of science, and history of philosophy.

EMWJ was founded in 2006 at the Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies of the University of Maryland by Jane Donawerth, Adele Seeff, and Diane Wolfthal (Rice University). Beginning with volume 2, EMWJ was co-published with ACMRS, and on 30 June 2011 when the Center at Maryland was closed, ownership of the journal was transferred entirely to ACMRS. At the same time, Professors Anne J. Cruz, Mary Lindemann, and Mihoko Suzuki at the University of Miami were appointed the new editors of EMWJ (beginning with volume 7), and the journal was co-published with the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences Center for the Humanities until the end of 2017. Beginning 1 January 2018, the journal is published solely by ACMRS and is edited by Bernadette Andrea (University of California, Santa Barbara), Julie D. Campbell (Eastern Illinois University), and Allyson M. Poska (University of Mary Washington).

EMWJ has been remarkably successful. Because of the insight and foresight of its founding editors, who crafted an unusual if not unique venue for research in the field, and the tradition of excellence upheld by its subsequent editors, it has received two awards from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) of the Modern Languages Association. In 2009, it received Honorable Mention for “Best New Journal,” and in 2013, it received the “Voyager Award” for best journal covering the period 1500 to 1800. Beginning with volume 9, EMWJ has been issued twice a year to accommodate the large number of submissions it receives.

The founding editors at the University of Maryland have established an award for the best article in each full volume (now two issues per volume) that carries a prize of $1000.

ACMRS acknowledges support for the journal from Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender and the Sixteenth Century Studies Society and Conference.

Click here to see the contents of current volume.

Editorial Details

Managing Editor:

  • Geoffrey Way (Arizona State University)


Editorial Board:

  • Susan Dwyer Amussen, University of California, Merced
  • Marie-Louise Coolahan, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Grace Coolidge, Grand Valley State University
  • Anne J. Cruz, University of Miami
  • Julie Eckerle, University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Julia Hairston, Rome, Italy
  • Mary Lindemann, University of Miami
  • Megan Matchinske, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Diana Robin, University of New Mexico
  • Mihoko Suzuki, University of Miami
  • Merry Wiesner-Hanks, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

The Editorial Board meets once a year, in conjunction with the annual business meeting of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender, held at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference. Members of the Editorial Board include the past editors of the journal, the elected officers of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender, as well as a select group of specialists. The Editorial Board makes recommendations regarding the general scope and functions of the journal, including the nomination of editors, editorial policies and practices, and acts as readers and/or recommends readers for article submissions. Beginning in 2018, the members of the editorial board who do not automatically rotate off due to their positions with SSEMWG will serve renewable, three year terms.

Board of Advisors:

  • Julia Marciari Alexander, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Meg Lota Brown, University of Arizona
  • Albrecht Classen, University of Arizona
  • Elizabeth Cohen, York University, Canada
  • Susan Dinan, Pace University
  • James Fitzmaurice, Northern Arizona University, University of Sheffield
  • Amy Froide, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Mary Garrard, The American University (Emerita)
  • Joan E. Hartman, College of Staten Island, CUNY (Emerita)
  • Wendy Heller, Princeton University
  • Ann Rosalind Jones, Smith College
  • Mary Ellen Lamb, Southern Illinois University
  • Anne R. Larsen, Hope College
  • Elizabeth Lehfeldt, Cleveland State University
  • Amy Leonard, Georgetown University
  • Carole Levin, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • Bindu Malieckal, St. Anselm College
  • Naomi Miller, Smith College
  • Ian Moulton, Arizona State University, Polytechnic
  • Jacqueline Marie Musacchio, Wellesley College
  • Su Fang Ng, Virginia Tech
  • Marjorie Beth Plummer, University of Arizona
  • Rocio Quispe Agnoli, Michigan State University
  • Phyllis Rackin, University of Pennsylvania
  • Magdalena S. Sánchez, Gettysburg College
  • Sara Jayne Steen, Plymouth State University
  • Martine van Elk, California State University, Long Beach
  • Retha Warnicke, Arizona State University (Emerita)
  • Naomi Yavneh, University of South Florida

Advisory Board members agree to review essays in their specialties and/or recommend reviewers for submissions.

Submission Info


Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal invites submission of essays related to women and gender spanning the late medieval through early modern periods. The editors encourage submissions that appeal to readers across disciplinary boundaries. Essays may cover literature, history, art history, history of science, music, politics, religion, theater, cultural studies, and any global region. EMWJ does not publish articles that focus solely on representations of women by canonical male authors.

All submissions should be submitted through Scholastica.

Please include a 150-word abstract of your article. All essay manuscripts must be double-spaced (including documentation). Typically, article submissions range between 8,000 and 10,000 words including notes. Documentation should appear as footnotes without bibliography upon first submission, and MUST follow Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition, chapter 14 "Notes and Bibliography." Please read the brief guide to the appropriate notation style for EMWJ manuscript submissions. Since the review process is blind, please make sure that your name does not appear anywhere in the text of your article. Should you need to cite your own work, please refer to yourself in the third person. All manuscripts are subject to editorial modification.

Editorial inquiries should be directed to [email protected].


Book and Multimedia Reviews

Review guidelines

Those with books and multimedia for review should contact the Book Review Editor at [email protected] for the submission process and address where the book should be mailed. Please include "Book Review" in the subject line.


Reviewer Info

Reviewing Article Submissions

Thank you for agreeing to be a submission reviewer for Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal. For reviewing guidelines, please refer to the “Guidelines for Reviewing Article Submissions” (click to open). If you have any questions about the review process, please contact the journal editors at [email protected].


Reviewers of Books and Multimedia

If you are reviewing a book or multimedia project, please refer to the “Guidelines for Book and Multimedia Reviews” (click to open).


Publishers of Books and Multimedia for Review

Those with books and multimedia for review should contact the Book Review Editor at [email protected] for the submission process and address where the book should be mailed. Please include "Book Review" in the subject line.



Annual subscriptions are available for for individuals and institutions, with a discounted rate for students.
A subscription includes both the Fall (#.1) and Spring (#.2) volumes.

Previous volumes can also be purchased individually. Please use this link to subscribe or purchase previous volumes online:

Awards and Honors

Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, was awarded Honorable Mention by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals for its 2009 “Best New Journal Award."

Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, was awarded by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals the 2013 Voyager Award, which "recognize[s] excellence in any journal covering the period between 1500 and 1800."

"EMW is an ambitious, and now accomplished, newcomer of about seven years. For the relatively short time it has been published, it is generously extensive, with 300 and more pages per issue. Treating the subject of women in this period, in an inviting, multiple-disciplinary approach, EMW engages critically and intelligently with the categories that it addresses—both “Early Modern” and “Women” —presenting a wealth of fascinating research and pushing readers to complicate their understanding of the fields. The journal also gives a powerful sense of scholarship as a communal endeavour, and research as part of larger conversations. The “Forum” section of each volume is very effective in organizing a multifaceted conversation of a timely topic, and the shorter essays in this section are very accessible to non-specialists. On top of all this, the journal is beautifully produced: the font is elegant and a pleasure to read; the images are multiple, large, and crisp; and the recent transition from endnotes to footnotes is greatly appreciated."

Click here to read a full review from the October 31, 2014 issue of the Times Literary Supplement.

Alexis Butzner's "'Taken Weak in My Outward Man': The Paradox of the Pathologized Female Prophet" (EMWJ volume 13.1) was awarded the best article prize for 2018–2019 by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender.

Published Volumes

Individual volumes

Contact Information

Editorial queries should be directed to [email protected].

For Subscriptions and all other journal business (e.g. advertisements):
Early Modern Women Journal
Arizona State University
Box 874402
Tempe, AZ 85287-4402

Ph: 480-965-4661
Fax: 480-965-1681
Email: [email protected]