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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 Early Modern European History, Medieval History & Literature, and 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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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


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

With the press since 2015, I sponsor books in anthropology, sociology, geography, urban studies, and the history & politics of East Asia. 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 am delighted to oversee acquisitions for the Comstock imprint, publishing academic and trade titles in science, nature, and the environment. I sponsor books in the life sciences, natural history, environmental studies, and environmental education. I also am interested in environmental writing that explores sense of place and our connection to the natural world. 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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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

Editor, Cornell East Asia Series


The Environments of East Asia

I came to Cornell University Press in 2019 as our first Mellon University Press Diversity Fellow. As CEAS editor, I currently acquire books in East Asian studies with a focus on literature, cultural studies, and other humanities, as well as English translations of East Asian fiction and poetry. My PhD is in Chinese history, and some of my other interests include disability rights, comics, and queer speculative fiction. When not at work, I spend my spare time reading, writing, and exploring Ithaca’s gorges.

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Jackie Teoh

Acquisitions Assistant

I joined Cornell University Press in June 2021 as an acquisitions assistant and Mellon University Press Diversity Fellow after cutting my teeth in publishing at the Feminist Press and the University of Wisconsin Press. Coming from a literary studies background, I’m always on the lookout for books written with a captivating voice, no matter how “academic” the subject. Downtime for me involves tending to Bub, my sourdough starter.

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Bethany Wasik

Acquisitions Editor


Agora Editions Battlegrounds: Cornell Studies in Military History Brown Democracy Medal Books Cornell Studies in Classical Philology Histories and Cultures of Tourism Myth and Poetics II

I currently acquire projects in the fields of Classics, Archaeology, Modern (Western) European History, and Military 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 science background, I also minored in archaeology and had a robust liberal arts undergraduate experience, so I am eager to build our publication list in all of the areas in which I acquire. My other passions include hiking, genealogy, bourbon, and creating complex and ridiculous Twitter hashtags (#Acquisitioning, #LetsPublishSomeBooks, etc.)

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