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William and Mary Quarterly

The William and Mary Quarterly is the leading journal of early American history and culture. Founded in 1892 and published by the Omohundro Institute in Williamsburg, Virginia, it is one of the oldest academic journals in the United States and was one of the first ten archived on JSTOR. Today, the Quarterly ranks among the most-cited journals covering a specific time and place and is one of the most-respected and most-acclaimed historical journals in the world.

We seek articles of scope and significance that speak meaningfully to multiple fields, engage fresh methods, and highlight new sources. We publish critical forums and review essays as well as substantial examinations of individual books. To stimulate new conversations, we sponsor annual workshops on significant themes.The Quarterly nurtures, publishes, and reviews important new work representing the broadest chronologies, geographies, and themes currently explored by scholars of early North America—treating multiple populations and language groups; spanning the fifteenth to the early nineteenth centuries; and ranging across the continent and around the Atlantic world.

Recent articles have examined Atlantic history as family history, English sailors in sixteenth-century Nunavut, the regulation of sex in early Bermuda, torture in early New Orleans, social networks in the French-Illinois borderlands, Haitian revolutionaries, scientific knowledge in Florida, child labor and schooling in New England, natural history and the slave trade, and the republican turn of 1776, among many other topics.

Anchored in history, we invite submissions from all relevant disciplines and all academic ranks. Scholars of anthropology, archaeology, art history, economics, history, history of science and medicine, law, literature, material culture, and political science have contributed to recent issues.

A highly selective journal, we commission double-blind peer reviews for seven or eight times as many manuscripts as we can publish, hoping our rigorous review process will assist the authors we accept and the many we cannot. Our production staff and assistants thoroughly fact-check articles and work closely with authors to ensure essays are clear, appealing, and accurate.

Producing a well-curated, high-integrity, high-impact journal at a moment of great change in academic publishing is a team effort built on the excellence of our staff and on the high standards of our readers and peer reviewers, whose generosity makes it possible for the Quarterly to be a place for the incubation as well as dissemination of new work.

Editorial Board

  • Kate Carté, Southern Methodist University
  • Steve Hackel, University of California (Chair)
  • Stefanie Hunt-Kennedy, University of New Brunswick
  • Jane Landers, Vanderbilt University
  • Melanie Newton, University of Toronto


Phone Number Email Address
Editor Julia Gaffield (interim 2023-24) (she/her)
Managing Editor Margaret T. Musselwhite (she/her) 757.221.1134
Book Review Editor Carolyn Eastman (she/her)
Sr. Editor, Journal Projects and Reviews Carol Hinoki Gilmour (she/her) 757.221.1122
Editorial Coordinator Jay Aja (they/them)
Editorial Apprentices  

The 2023-2024 editorial apprentices are:

  • Carly Barnhardt
  • Ethan Cooke
  • G. F. Green
  • Rachel H. R.  Hunnicutt
  • Lucy Knox
  • Pierce Monahan
  • Zoë Packel