|SPRING 2017 – May 1, 2017
Mary C. Francis is Editorial Director of the University of Michigan Press/Michigan Publishing; in addition to directing the editorial team, she acquires books in music, media studies, as well as projects for Michigan’s digitalculturebooks imprint. Prior to coming to Michigan, she was Executive Editor at the University of California Press for more than fifteen years, and has worked at Oxford University Press, Mayfield Publishing, and Yale University Press.
|FALL 2016 – October 20, 2016
Emily-Jane Cohen is an Executive Editor at Stanford University Press, where she acquires broadly in the humanities, most particularly in the fields of philosophy, religion, and literature. During her decade at the press, she has launched a variety of book series, including the Post45 series in American Literature and Culture, and most recently, two new series in religion, Spiritual Phenomena and Religion in the American West. Her authors include figures of international stature, such as Giorgio Agamben, Stanley Cavell, Sari Nusseibeh, Bernard Stiegler, Roberto Esposito, Michel Serres, and, closer to home, such prominent academics as Mark Jordan, Kaja Silverman, Amy Hungerford, and Michael Rothberg. Her books have been recognized by the North American Studies Association, the American Society for Theater Research, the PROSE awards, the International Conference on Romanticism, and the Modern Languages Association and garner strong reviews in the mainstream and specialized press. Emily-Jane is a former professional chef and pastry chef, and she holds a B.A. in religion and art history from Barnard College and a PhD. in French from Stanford.
|SPRING 2016 – April 28, 2016
Alan Thomas is Editorial Director for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago Press. Over the course of his thirty-year career as an acquisitions editor at Chicago, he has published a broad range of scholarly books in the humanities, especially literary and religious studies, as well as trade books including fiction, poetry, memoir, biography, essays, and photography. Authors whose work Alan has published include Charles Bernstein, Stanley Cavell, Dipesh
Chakrabarty, Jacques Derrida, Rita Felski, Stephen Greenblatt, N. Katherine Hayles, Alice Kaplan, W. J. T. Mitchell, Marjorie Perloff, and Susan Stewart. His authors have won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Modern Language Association’s Lowell Prize, and the Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Award, among many other awards, and account for several New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Alan is a contributor to Places Journal and has published on literature and photography in the Los Angeles Review of Books and Design Observer. He received his B.A. from Princeton and an M.Phil., in English, from Oxford
|FALL 2015 – October 25, 2015
Kim Robinson is the Editorial Director of University of California Press. Before stepping into that role, she was Social Sciences Publisher and regional editor at UC Press. A few of Kim’s UC Press acquisitions include A People’s Guide to Los Angeles, California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It, and the launch of Boom: A Journal of California. Before joining UC Press in 2009, she spent eight years at Oxford University Press in New York both as music editor and editorial director of the scholarly reference group. As music editor, she shepherded award-winning titles across musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology and jazz. In the reference group, she oversaw the editorial program for Grove Art, Grove Music, and many other print and digital publications in a variety of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. A product of the UC system, Kim received a B.A. in English from UC Santa Barbara. Previous to her career in publishing, she spent a decade working for nonprofit organizations and foundations focused on the environment and equal access to information and technology.
|SPRING 2015 – April 29, 2015
Ken Wissoker is the Editorial Director of Duke University Press, acquiring books in anthropology, cultural studies and social theory; globalization and post-colonial theory; Asian, African, and American studies; music, film and television; race, gender and sexuality; science studies; and other areas in the humanities, social sciences, media, and the arts. He joined the Press as an Acquisitions Editor in 1991; became Editor-in-Chief in 1997; and was named Editorial Director in 2005. This fall, in addition to his duties at the Press, he became Director of Intellectual Publics at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.
He has published close to 900 books which have won over 100 prizes. Among the authors whose books he has published are Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Jack Halberstam, Charles Taylor, Joan Scott, Lisa Lowe, Lauren Berlant, Brian Massumi, Arjun Appadurai, Sara Ahmed, Rey Chow, Randy Weston, and Fred Wesley.
Wissoker is the author of the Cinema Journal essay “The Future of the Book as a Media Project” and the earlier Chronicle of Higher Education articles “Scholarly Monographs Are Flourishing, Not Dying” and “Negotiating a Passage between Disciplinary Borders” the latter of which was later reprinted with responses from five social scientists in the Social Science Research Council newsletter, Items and Issues. A three-part interview with him by Adeline Koh appeared in April 2013 on the Prof. Hacker blog.
|FALL 2014 – October 13, 2014
Norm Hirschy is an editor in the Academic and Trade Division of Oxford University Press, where he works with books on music and dance. His titles have been reviewed in national and international media and have received such distinguished awards as the ASCAP Deems Taylor award, the AMS Philip Brett Award, the CORD Outstanding Publication Award, the SDHS de la Torre Bueno Prize, and the George Freedley Memorial Award. Working in the book industry since 1993, Norm served as a book translator, book clerk, and library associate before joining OUP in 2004.