James Baldwin Review (JBR) is an annual journal that brings together a
wide array of peer‐reviewed critical and creative non-fiction on the life, writings,
and legacy of James Baldwin. In addition to these cutting-edge contributions,
each issue contains a review of recent Baldwin scholarship and an award-winning
graduate student essay. James Baldwin Review publishes essays that
invigorate scholarship on James Baldwin; catalyze explorations of the literary,
political, and cultural influence of Baldwin’s writing and political activism;
and deepen our understanding and appreciation of this complex and luminary
The James Baldwin Review (JBR) is an annual journal that brings together a wide array of peer‐reviewed critical and creative work on the life, writings, and legacy of James Baldwin. In addition to these cutting-edge contributions, each issue contains a review of recent Baldwin scholarship and an award-winning graduate student essay. The James Baldwin Review publishes essays that invigorate scholarship on James Baldwin; catalyze explorations of the literary, political, and cultural influence of Baldwin’s writing and political activism; and deepen our understanding and appreciation of this complex and luminary figure.
It is the aim of the James Baldwin Review to provide a vibrant and multidisciplinary forum for the international community of Baldwin scholars, students, and enthusiasts.
Douglas Field, University of Manchester
Justin A. Joyce, Emory University
Dwight A. McBride, Emory University
Justin A. Joyce, PhD Research Associate to Provost McBride Emory University
Houston A. Baker, Vanderbilt University
Rosa Bobia, Kennesaw State University
Herb Boyd, City College of New York
Morris Dickstein, CUNY Graduate Center
Eddie Glaude, Princeton University
Clarence E. Hardy III, Yale University
Randall Kenan, University of North Carolina
Sedat Pakay, Photographer-Film Maker
Ed Pavlić, University of Georgia
Hortense Spillers, Vanderbilt University
Eleanor W. Traylor, Howard University
Cheryl Wall, Rutgers University
Matt Brim, College of Staten Island, CUNY
Rich Blint, Columbia University
Robert J. Corber, Trinity College
Margo Natalie Crawford, Cornell University
Michele Elam, Stanford University
Roderick A. Ferguson, University of Minnesota
Jacqueline Goldsby, Yale University
Nigel Hatton, University of California, Merced
Carol E. Henderson, University of Delaware
E. Patrick Johnson, Northwestern University
Cora Kaplan, University of Southampton
John Keene, Rutgers University
D. Quentin Miller, Suffolk University
Joshua L. Miller, University of Michigan
Brian Norman, Loyola University Maryland
Claudine Raynaud, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III
Robert Reid-Pharr, CUNY Graduate Center
Alan Rice, University of Central Lancashire
Marlon Ross, University of Virginia
Bill Schwarz, Queen Mary, University of London
Lynn O. Scott, Michigan State University
Courtney Thorsson, University of Oregon
Maurice Wallace, Duke University
Dagmawi Woubshet, Cornell University
Michelle Wright, Northwestern University
Magdalena J. Zaborowska, University of Michigan
James Baldwin Review is a fully Open Access journal. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full texts of the articles under a CC-BY-NC-ND licence:
The editors encourage the submission of cross disciplinary articles on the life, writings, and legacy of James Baldwin. Possible contributors are welcome to discuss an article proposal or outline with the Managing Editor before committing to a full submission.
Each year the journal also publishes an outstanding essay by a graduate student. Submissions from graduate students should be marked as such, and all submissions must be accompanied by a 250-word abstract and a list of keywords. Please consult our detailed submission instructions on our website:
Submission to and publication in the JBR is free. No submission fee or article processing charge will be applied.
Articles should be a minimum of 5,000 words and not exceed 10,000 words, including notes. The author is responsible for the word count.
Articles must include an article abstract of no more than 300 words and a list of between 3 and 6 key words.
Since articles will undergo a blind review process, ensure that your name and institutional address do not appear anywhere in the article itself.
Please print your name, institutional address, and e-mail address on a separate page at the end of your article.
Articles must be prepared according to the Author Guidelines. Final submissions which do not follow JBR's style will be returned for revision.
Authors must read and prepare their article in accordance with MUP's Ethics Statement.
Permission will need to be gained to use any material owned by a third-party. Evidence of permission should for forwarded to the Managing Editor.
Authors will be required to sign a licence to publish, granting MUP the non-exclusive right to publish the Version of Record.
Peer Review Process
Submissions to the James Baldwin Review will undergo a blind peer review process by two reviewers. We rely on experts for candid but fair advice in our review process. Referees assess the originality and the literary/scholarly merit of a submission's argument. We operate a 'double-blind' refereeing process whereby author(s) and reviewers never know each other's identities.
Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. The work may not be remixed, transformed or built upon and any reuse or sharing must be non-commercial.
Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.