Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal (EMWJ) is the only journal devoted solely to the interdisciplinary and global study of women and gender spanning the late medieval through early modern periods. Each volume gathers essays on early modern women from every country and region by scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines including art history, cultural studies, music, history, languages and literatures, political science, religion, theatre, history of science, and history of philosophy.
EMWJ was founded in 2006 at the Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies of the University of Maryland by Jane Donawerth, Adele Seeff, and Diane Wolfthal (Rice University). Beginning with volume 2, EMWJ was co-published with ACMRS, and on 30 June 2011 when the Center at Maryland was closed, ownership of the journal was transferred entirely to ACMRS. At the same time, Professors Anne J. Cruz, Mary Lindemann, and Mihoko Suzuki at the University of Miami were appointed the new editors of EMWJ (beginning with volume 7), and the journal was co-published with the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences Center for the Humanities until the end of 2017. Beginning 1 January 2018, the journal is published solely by ACMRS and is edited by Bernadette Andrea (University of California, Santa Barbara), Julie Campbell (Eastern Illinois University), and Allyson M. Poska (University of Mary Washington).
EMWJ has been remarkably successful. Because of the insight and foresight of its founding editors, who crafted an unusual if not unique venue for research in the field, and the tradition of excellence upheld by its subsequent editors, it has received two awards from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) of the Modern Languages Association. In 2009, it received Honorable Mention for “Best New Journal,” and in 2013, it received the “Voyager Award” for best journal covering the period 1500 to 1800. Beginning with volume 9, EMWJ has been issued twice a year to accommodate the large number of submissions it receives.
The founding editors at the University of Maryland have established an award for the best article in each full volume (now two issues per volume) that carries a prize of $1000.