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Help Wanted for Walter Russell Mead

The American Interest’s editor-at-large, Walter Russell Mead, is hiring a research associate. The job involves a mix of writing, editorial, and administrative responsibilities and is based in New York.


  • Writing and Editorial: Help Professor Mead and the The American Interest team produce the Via Meadia blog; participate in daily editorial calls and pitch meetings.
  • Research and editorial: Work with Professor Mead and his research team on book projects; provide background research and editorial help for op-eds and essays in the Wall Street JournalForeign Affairs, and elsewhere.
  • Administrative: Coordinate communication with press, think tanks, and government and elected officials. Assist Prof. Mead with publicity for his forthcoming book, and on calendar and travel management and other organizational tasks.

The ideal candidate will be a recent graduate, perhaps with some job experience, with a strong background in the humanities, excellent writing and editing skills, an affinity for the ideas and ideals that Professor Mead and the team seek to advance, and a hunger to continue learning. Foreign language skills, familiarity with economics, and an understanding of statistics are also advantageous.

The job involves research, administration, press relations, writing, and training and managing interns, and the successful candidate will need to be able to represent Prof. Mead and the AI team at conferences and think tank meetings, as well as with media organizations and government officials. There will be opportunities to accompany Professor Mead on international trips as well as frequent meetings in Washington, D.C. There will be also be chances to place longer bylined essays and book reviews at the American Interest. We are looking for someone who is comfortable with in-depth historical and policy research; who can work well independently, remotely, and as part of a team; who has a passion for accuracy; who is adaptable; who has a strong work ethic; and who is eager to help shape the national debate on both domestic and foreign policy issues. The ideal candidate will also enjoy living and breathing both news and analysis, and will be able to help The American Interest explain and communicate complex issues in an engaging way.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone who wants to advance a career in journalism, publishing, public affairs, private business, or policy analysis. Professor Mead and the AI team believe in mentoring; past holders of this position have gone on to prestigious fellowships, further academic study at leading universities, good jobs in journalism, diplomatic and military service, and careers in business. We offer a competitive salary.

Prospective candidates please email a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to Nicholas Clairmont and Nicholas M. Gallagher at [email protected] and [email protected], respectively.

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