Book Publishing Webinar

Williams College will be hosting a webinar panel discussion on academic book publishing and has invited Kenyon faculty to attend. It is scheduled for Thursday, May 20, 2021, 4-5 PM ET.  Please contact us by email ( for the Zoom link and password.


Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, the first part of the conversation will focus on short and long term trends in academic publishing, including the impact of the pandemic. The second part of the conversation will focus on the acquisitions process, including selecting a press, submitting a proposal, responding to reviews, and getting a contract. 

Participating Editors: 

Elizabeth Ault, Editor at Duke University Press. Her acquisition areas are: African and Middle East studies; Black and Latinx Studies; trans studies; disability studies; sociology; and critical studies of prisons and policing. She is responsible for the Theory in Forms series, co-edited by Nancy Rose Hunt and Achille Mbembe, and works with the Camera Obscura collective on their book series. Elizabeth is most interested in projects that reach outward across disciplines and academic conversations in surprising ways, that connect historical and emerging conditions, and that are committed to engaging with race, gender, sexuality, and (dis)ability.

Susan Ferber, Executive Editor for American and world history at Oxford University Press. Her list includes academic and trade titles on topics ranging from ancient history to contemporary history, many first books as well as works by senior scholars. Books she has edited have won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize, and five have become national best sellers. She also teaches at the book workshop of the Columbia Publishing Course.

Ana Jimenez-Moreno, Acquisitions Editor at Ohio State University Press. Her areas of interest include literary and cultural studies, multiethnic literatures, comics studies, and narrative studies. She works with the following series: Black Performance and Cultural Criticism; New Suns: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Speculative; Studies in Comics and Cartoons; Theory and Interpretations of Narrative; Interventions: New Studies in Medieval Culture; Literature, Religion, and Postsecular Studies; and Classic Memories/ Modern Identities. 

Charles Thomas Watkinson, Associate University Librarian for Publishing/Director, University of Michigan Press.UMP is known for its acquisitions in political science, performing arts, American studies, classics, and area studies. Watkinson also has a particular interest in open source publishing and has written recently about the impact of the pandemic on the state of academic publishing.

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