2155 Co-Editor, Journal of Democracy

Washington, District of Columbia, United States | JOD | Part-time


The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a distinguished, internationally recognized scholar of democracy to serve as Co-Editor of the Journal of Democracy (JoD), the world’s preeminent quarterly publication for analyzing the problems and prospects of democracy around the globe.  This position, which has been filled for the past 32 years by founding Co-Editor Larry Diamond, is a part-time consulting position which may be held concurrently with a full-time academic or think tank appointment.

Position Summary:

The Co-Editor will work in close partnership with the resident full-time Editor to provide editorial direction and strategic guidance for the Journal of Democracy (JoD).


In close coordination with the resident Editor, the Co-Editor will:

  • Share in setting the Journal’s editorial direction, through advising on potential topics, authors, and articles to be published.
  • Act as principal liaison to the academic community of democracy scholars and scan the horizon of emerging academic and analytic work on democracy for new ideas about themes, articles, and authors.
  • Recruit authors for articles and book reviews.
  • Evaluate, critique, and edit drafts of manuscripts, with a view to improving their accuracy, logical integrity, and analytic rigor.
  • Review unsolicited manuscripts and work with the Editor, Journal staff and occasionally members of the Editorial Board or external referees to determine the suitability of those manuscripts for publication in the Journal.
  • Engage with, and facilitate the participation of, the JoD Editorial Board and the International Advisory Committee.
  • Help to plan and lead at least one annual meeting of the JoD Editorial Board.
  • Promote new quarterly issues of the Journal and individual articles through social media and other means.
  • Develop strategies to expand readership of the Journal and adoption of its articles in college and university courses.
  • Contribute to other activities of the Journal, the International Forum for Democratic Studies and NED upon request.


  • Knowledge/Experience:
  • Internationally recognized academic expertise in the study of democracy—its components, requirements, challenges, and dynamics.
  • Deep and authoritative knowledge of the scholarly literature on democracy, democratization, democracy promotion, and regime dynamics, and of international normative and empirical debates about democracy.
  • A distinguished record of publication on democracy.
  • Relevant editorial or leadership experience in managing academic publications or projects.
  • Other Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially as part of a team in a non-partisan work environment.
  • Commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in the recruitment of authors.
  • Strong and diverse networks of scholarly contacts, ideally on a global level.
  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
  • Outstanding editing, writing, and speaking skills.
  • Ability to work with a globally diverse array of authors and interlocutors.
  • Excellent political judgment;
  • Adept at soliciting submissions from leading authors.

To Apply:

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references, one of which should be a supervisor. Please, no phone calls. For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org or careers@ned.org.


The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.