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Mahinder Kingra

Editor in Chief

As Editor in Chief at 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 Literary Studies (focusing on, but not limited to, Classical, Medieval & Renaissance, Early Modern, Victorian, Modernist, Contemporary).

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Emily Andrew

Senior Editor


Battlegrounds: Cornell Studies in Military History 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 European History, Military History, Asian History, and Contemporary Legal Issues & U.S. Politics. 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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Fran Benson

Editorial Director, ILR Press


The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work

I have worked with words and books for a long time, having a hand in virtually all aspects of the publishing process along the way. I directed ILR Press for 17 years before we joined CU Press, where I served as Editor-in-Chief. After living in Ithaca for many years, I now work, surrounded by cats, from a home office on the Jersey Shore and, in the winter, the Florida Keys. I am fascinated by all aspects of work, including how we define it, how it defines us, how workers organize, and how work life is changing. My list focuses on Workplace Issues, Labor, Class Studies, Health Care, Sociology, Anthropology of Work, and Higher Education. The books I acquire tend to have a critical edge, though my outlook on life remains optimistic.

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Amy Farranto

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

Editor, Southeast Asia Program Publications; Managing Editor, Indonesia

At SEAP Publications, I acquire 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 manage 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. When I was young and innocently enthusiastic, I obtained a PhD in history, and then wrote a book about the work and professionalization of mining engineers in 19th century North America, a subject that becomes useful at SEAP at the most surprising times.

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Roger Haydon

Executive Editor


Brown Democracy Medal Books Cornell Studies in Security Affairs Religion and Conflict Cornell Studies in Money Persian Gulf Studies

I sponsor books in comparative politics and international relations, Asian and Slavic studies, security affairs, political economy, and humanitarian and human rights studies. I work with many authors based outside North America, and an increasing proportion of scholars in disciplines other than political science—especially in history, also sociology, anthropology, and geography. I look for the unconventional and the unexpected, I’m not keen on “normal science” work. I seek authors who are consumed by new ways of thinking—and who can write strong and well-paced prose.

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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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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, geography, and global urban studies and policy. I also acquire books in religious studies, concentrating on those dealing with the religions practiced most widely in Southeast Asia and South Asia. 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 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 Publishing Associates imprint. Following a long tradition of publishing in life sciences and natural history, Comstock continues to offer academic and trade titles in science, nature, and the environment. I currently oversee the publication of the journal Research in Outdoor Education. When not in the office, you’ll find me in the woods.

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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

Senior Editor and Editorial Director, Three Hills


The United States in the World Religion and American Public Life Histories of American Education

I acquire books in American history, with an emphasis on Early American history, the history of U.S. foreign relations, the history of religion, and urban history. My acquisitions brief includes 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 focusing on New York.) 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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Ellen Murphy

Acquisitions Assistant

I came to Cornell University Press in 2017, where I have the privilege of being acquisitions assistant. I have lived in Upstate New York all my life, and spend most of my free time with my family.

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Mai Shaikhanuar-Cota

Managing Editor, Cornell East Asia Series

I’ve been Managing Editor of the Cornell East Asia Series (CEAS) since 2007. In July 2019 I joined the acquisitions team when CEAS became an imprint of Cornell University Press. As CEAS continues to publish award-winning titles, I invite authors to submit scholarly monographs, translations of literature and major works of literary criticism, analysis of specialized texts on East Asian cultures and scholarship, and works on modern Japanese poetry.

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Alexis Siemon

Acquisitions Assistant

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


Cornell Studies in Classical Philology

I currently acquire projects in the fields of Archaeology and the Classics (History). 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 biology 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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