Book Reviews

Sending a book to AJS for review

If you wish to have your book considered for review, please send it (or ask your publisher to send it) to the editorial office of American Journal of Sociology:

Book Review Editor
American Journal of Sociology
1155 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

Packages are likely to reach the journal most efficiently if they are addressed to the editor rather than to a particular individual. AJS aspires to review books within two years of the date of publication. Requests for review should be made as close to the publication date as possible, so that there is time for the selection, invitation, and publication process to unfold.

Because the number of book review pages in the journal is very limited, not all books received at AJS will be reviewed. Preference is given to single-authored sociological monographs; conference volumes or edited compilations with a large number of short chapters are rarely reviewed in AJS. Textbooks, readers, and manuals are never reviewed in AJS. When AJS does review a book, two tear sheets are sent to the publisher and two to the book review author.

Reviewing a book for AJS

AJS does not publish unsolicited book reviews. If you would like to review books for the journal, please send your curriculum vita to or to the address listed above. The AJS book review editor and board rarely accept self-nominations for the review of particular books, but they will work hard to match scholars with their interests. Of course, AJS will not knowingly invite persons to review books when they have close personal or professional ties to the book’s author. This policy would exclude an author’s departmental colleagues, coauthors, and PhD cohort members as reviewers.