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Mahinder Kingra

Editorial Director


Corpus Juris: The Humanities in Politics and Law Medieval Societies, Religions, and Cultures Religion and Conflict Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought

As the editorial director of Cornell University Press, it is my privilege to work with both a cohort of passionate and deeply committed publishing professionals and a diverse array of brilliant authors and series editors. Before joining the acquisitions department in January 2016, I served as Cornell UP’s marketing director for a decade.

I currently acquire projects in the fields of Medieval History & Literature and in Literary & Cultural Studies (focusing on, but not limited to Renaissance & Early Modern; Victorian Britain; Russian and Soviet & post post-Soviet Russia; Modernist & Post-45). I will also be sponsoring books on the history of the Balkans and the Caucasus, as well as books published in the series Religion & Conflict.

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Emily Andrew

Senior Editor


Battlegrounds: Cornell Studies in Military History Cornell Studies in Money The Environments of East Asia Histories and Cultures of Tourism

I have worked in scholarly publishing for over two decades, during which time I have sponsored manuscripts in almost every field, spanning the most abstract of literary studies to quantitative political science. Before life at a university press, I worked at a commercial publisher, as well as at a non-fiction literary agency. I currently acquire manuscripts in History — military, East Asian, European, Russian, and Eurasian — as well as Contemporary Legal Issues. I am also sponsoring books in the series, Cornell Studies in Money. Away from the office, I enjoy watching our son play ice hockey, reading lots of fiction (Haruki Murakami used to be a favorite), and cooking up plans for international travel in retirement.

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Amy Farranto

Senior Acquisitions Editor, Northern Illinois University Press


NIU Series in Orthodox Christian Studies NIU Southeast Asian Series NIU Series in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

I joined NIU Press as an acquisitions editor in 2008, and in 2019 I began working with the great Cornell staff as acquiring editor for the NIU Press imprint. The areas I work with include Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies; Orthodox Christian studies; politics and philosophy; Midwest regional history; Southeast Asian studies; and European history.

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Sarah Grossman

Acquisitions Editor, US history, Indigenous Studies, Asian Studies. Editor, SEAP Publications. Managing editor, Indonesia Journal


Cornell Modern Indonesia Collection Histories of American Education The United States in the World

At Cornell University Press I promote a broad range of scholarship about North America, with a non-exclusive emphasis on US foreign relations and indigenous history and culture.

For SEAP Publications, I manage an eclectic list of interdisciplinary titles in Southeast Asian Studies, as well as discipline books about Southeast Asia in a variety of academic fields, with a focus on anthropology, art history, history, and political science. I also run the journal Indonesia out of the Southeast Asia Program offices in the Kahin Center and sponsor the Cornell Modern Indonesia Project (CMIP) series of state-of-the-discipline volumes.

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Clare Jones

Acquisitions Assistant

I joined the acquisitions team at Cornell University Press in 2019. I hold an MFA in Poetry and an M.Phil in Eighteenth Century and Romantic Studies.

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Ellen Labbate

Acquisitions Assistant and Managing Editor, ILR Press


The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work

I came to Cornell University Press in 2017 as an acquisitions assistant. I currently have the privilege of overseeing the ILR Press imprint, acquiring books focused on labor and workplace issues, including the Culture and Politics of Healthcare Work series. I am very interested in accessibility in scholarly publishing and exploring new horizons including Open Access projects.

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Jim Lance

Senior Editor


Expertise: Cultures and Technologies of Knowledge Cornell Series on Land: New Perspectives in Territory, Development, and Environment Police/Worlds: Studies in Security, Crime, and Governance

With the press since 2015, I sponsor books in anthropology, sociology, and geography and urban studies. I also acquire books in religious studies, concentrating on those dealing with the religions practiced most widely in Southeast Asia and South Asia, and books in the social sciences that address issues in Russia and Eurasia. It’s a broad remit that keeps me on my toes. When not working, I enjoy existence with my wife and teenage son. I am also a devout San Antonio Spurs basketball fan as everyone at the press (and many authors) know.

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Kitty Liu

Editorial Director, Comstock Publishing Associates


Cornell Series in Environmental Education The Liberty Hyde Bailey Library The Northern Forest Atlas Guides WCS Birds of Brazil Field Guides Zona Tropical Publications

I joined Cornell University Press in 2010 and I am delighted to manage acquisitions for the Comstock imprint, publishing academic and trade titles in science, nature, and the environment. I also oversee the publication of the journal Research in Outdoor Education. In addition to my editorial work, I lead Cornell University Press’ participation in the Mellon University Press Diversity Fellowship program, a collaborative grant that provides apprenticeships in acquisitions departments. I also serve on the AUPresses Acquisitions Editorial Committee (2020-23).

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Allegra Martschenko

Acquisitions Assistant

I joined Cornell University Press in June 2020 as an acquisitions assistant and Mellon University Press Diversity Fellow. I have a Bachelors of Arts in Architecture with minors in Urban Studies and Creative Writing, so I’m always looking at the way space shapes people and stories. In my free time I read speculative fiction, write novels, and build architectural models (just for fun).

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Michael McGandy

Editorial Director, Three Hills


Cornell Studies in Security Affairs

My acquisitions brief focuses on books on the history, politics, culture, nature, and arts of New York City and New York State. Three Hills, the regional trade imprint of Cornell University Press, is the home for the most popular and ambitious works that I acquire. I also oversee the journal New York History.

My eight years in commercial publishing with Gale (now Cengage), W. W. Norton, and Rowman & Littlefield exert a strong influence on my acquisitions work. I welcome and commission books from journalists, policy leaders, creative writers, community activists, and others passionate about their subjects and who want to share their stories with a larger audience.

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Alexis Siemon

Acquisitions Assistant and Managing Editor, Cornell East Asia Series

I came to Cornell University Press in June 2019, as the new acquisitions assistant and Mellon University Press Diversity Fellow. I have a PhD in History, with a focus on the history of Chinese law. Some of my other interests include disability rights, comics, and queer speculative fiction. I spend my spare time reading, writing, working on developing a video game, and attempting to learn to play the erhu.

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Bethany Wasik

Assistant Editor


Agora Editions Brown Democracy Medal Books Cornell Studies in Classical Philology Myth and Poetics II

I currently acquire projects in the fields of Archaeology and the Classics. Prior to joining the acquisitions team at Cornell University Press in May 2015, I completed a Ph.D. and two postdoctoral fellowships in molecular genetics and evolutionary biology. My transition from academics to publishing was fueled not only by a passion for editing and reviewing scholarly content, but also a desire to promote that content to a larger audience. While I have a significant science background, I also minored in archaeology and am eager to build our publication list in this area, along with ancient and classical history. My other passions include hiking, genealogy, bourbon, and creating Twitter hashtags (#Acquisitioning, #LetsPublishSomeBooks, etc.)

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