About Frontiers

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2017: New Editorial Team

In July 2017, Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies moved to the University of Utah. The journal will be published at University of Utah for five years under the editorial leadership of Kimberly Jew from the Ethnic Studies and Theater departments; Wanda Pillow from the Education, Culture, and Society and Gender Studies departments; and Cindy Cruz from University of California Santa Cruz, Department of Education and affiliated with the Feminist Studies, the Latin American and Latino Studies, and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies departments. Contact the new editorial team at frontiersjournal@utah.edu.

History at The Ohio State University

Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, one of the premier publications in the field of feminist/gender studies, moved to The Ohio State University in May 2012. The journal was published at Ohio State for five years under the editorial leadership of Guisela Latorre from the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) and Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, from the Departments of History and WGSS. In 2015, Mytheli Sreenivas, from the Departments of History and WGSS joined the editorial collective and Judy Tzu-Chun Wu transitioned to University of California Irvine and the Asian American Studies Department.

Because Frontiers celebrated its fortieth anniversary in 2015, Latorre and Wu devoted one special issue per year to reflections on significant events and topics from the past four decades. The 2013 special issue, guest edited by Mytheli Sreenivas, will commemorate Roe vs. Wade and focus on reproductive rights, reproductive justice, and reproductive technologies.

The editorial office at Ohio State was made possible with support from the College of Arts and Sciences; Departments of History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Office of Diversity and Inclusion; and The Women’s Place. Frontiers will continue to publish three (3) issues per year through the University of Nebraska Press.

Mission & History

Frontiers is one of the oldest and most respected academic feminist journals in the United States. Frontiers began publication in 1975 at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The original Editorial Collective (the advisory board of the host institution) chose the title “Frontiers” to signal that the journal would push the boundaries of feminist scholarship within a national context.

Frontiers began in the West (moving to the University of New Mexico, Washington State University, and to Arizona State University), and the journal embraced the study of women in the U.S. West. In particular, the journal focused on the multicultural West, the borderlands within and between nations, and transnational aspects of the regional West, from the ancestral lands of Native Americans to ties with the Americas and the countries and peoples of the Pacific Rim. In doing so, the journal has increasingly explored issues of regional import within a global context. As Susan Armitage, the journal's editor for much the 1990s at Washington State University wrote, “Frontiers wants to cross borders, wherever they may be.”

As Frontiers moves to The Ohio State University and the Midwest, the journal continues the tradition of examining relationships among place, region, and topics of longstanding concern to feminist scholars - gender, race, ethnicity, class, dis/ability, and sexuality. As new editors we pledge to support the kinds of scholarship that have afforded this journal its visibility and respect in the field. In addition, we are renewing the journal’s commitment to the arts by providing feminist and gender conscious artists the opportunity to promote their work on the pages of Frontiers.