As this issue goes to press, Contemporary Psychoanalysis launches a new era, challenging the status quo. In some ways we mirror current history. Only yesterday, a woman just narrowly lost the U.S. presidency, yet her campaign—as a woman—was a benchmark in American politics. Ah, the times they are a-changin', as Nobel laureate Bob Dylan (1964) wrote.
Likewise, there's change here: Now, for the first time ever, this journal will be coedited by two women. I'm thrilled to introduce my new co-editor-in-chief, Susan Fabrick.
I'll tell you more about Susan and how fortunate we are to have her soon. But first, some musings:
As the field of psychoanalysis has increasingly shifted from one dominated by men to a so-called “feminization” (see 30-year-old data that introduces this trend [Howard et al., 1986]), it's no surprise that Susan has joined me in guiding our beloved journal into its next incarnation. Although two female editors at the helm of Contemporary Psychoanalysis is a “first,” women have always been involved with the journal, some in prominent positions. In fact, nearly 53 years ago, Rose Spiegel founded Contemporary Psychoanalysis, along with coeditor Max Deutscher. Then, during Arthur Feiner's long reign (1969–1990), Darlene Ehrenberg served as an assistant editor, one of his right hand “men” (Clark Sugg and Steven Mitchell were the others). As you readers know, I've coedited the journal with my colleague Don Greif for the past five years.
Now, to Susan. During these years with Don, Susan has toiled as one of three executive editors (EE) of Contemporary (currently, the other two are Pascal Sauvayre and Alice Sohn). EEs are the backbone, the behind-the-scenes glue of our journal, and it is a mostly unsung and—dare I say—often thankless job. The position involves reviewing submitted manuscripts and, along with our spectacular executive project manager, Elizabeth Rodman, assigning associate editors (AE) to write detailed anonymous critiques.
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