Academic journal article Journal of Comparative Family Studies

Congratulations to Dr. George Kurian, Managing Editor

Academic journal article Journal of Comparative Family Studies

Congratulations to Dr. George Kurian, Managing Editor

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Congratulations to Dr. George Kurian, the founder and forty year editor of this Journal. We are pleased to share the news that he was selected to receive the National Council on Family Relations' International Section, 2010 Jan Trost Award. This award recognizes his significant and career-long contributions to cross-cultural family scholarship and the development of the cross-cultural family research field which has-been critically supported by his visionary creation of a prestigious outlet for scholars' work - the Journal of Comparative Family Studies.

Many will be acquainted with Dr. Kurian in his capacity as Editor of the Journal of Comparative Family Studies (JCFS). Indeed, George was the founding Editor (1970) and in 2009 stepped down from the Editorship while continuing as Managing Editor. George is the source for the idea of the Journal and much of its financing. He started the Journal in 1970 which continues to be a major outlet for cross-cultural research. George insured this at the outset by contacting over three hundred family scholars throughout the world and soliciting their support. Not all were supportive of the idea. In 1982, after twelve years of publication the Journal was reviewed by a team of scholars. One of those scholars, Dr. Reuben Hill, wrote the following in that review:

"When Dr. George Kurian first wrote to me some 15 years ago about the need for an international comparative journal in family studies, I did not share his definition of the situation. I told him then that I thought The Journal of Marriage and the Family's International Section was not getting the number of high quality manuscripts required to sustain that international department. I was worried that the initial cost for establishing a new comparative journal would be so high that it might take very substantial subsidies for several years to keep the journal afloat. My position must have been more of a challenge to Dr. Kurian than discouragement, because he was able to put together an advisory board of editors and launch the Journal within two years of that exchange of correspondence. By hard work and astute management he has produced a journal of high quality and has acquired a constituency that is world-wide. Knowing that he could not afford to wait for the quantity of good papers necessary to produce issues that would have some theoretical integrity, Dr. …

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