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Scholarly Book Publishing Today: A Conversation with University of California Press Editors

April 22, 2022 at 2:00pm3:30pm EDT

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The Syracuse University Office of Research, with support from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and the Syracuse University Humanities Center, are please to host three UC Press editors for a discussion about how to find a good home for your book. Topics will include book proposal development, approaching editors and selecting a press, when to secure book subvention, and the state of scholarly book promotion. Early-, mid-, and late-career humanities research faculty of any discipline are encouraged to attend.

Following the 45-minute presentation, each editor will facilitate Q&A sessions hosted in small breakout rooms. Please bring questions for the editors.

Please contact to request accommodations by 4/13/22.


Kate Marshall joined UC Press in 2008 and has published authors from a number of academic disciplines and professional backgrounds. Today she edits our award-winning programs in anthropology and food studies. Highlights from her list include A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things by Raj Patel and Jason Moore, Let’s Ask Marion by Marion Nestle, The Land of Open Graves by Jason De León, A Brief History of Fascist Lies by Federico Finchelstein, Famished by Rebecca Lester, and The Hakka Cookbook by Linda Lau Anusasananan. Within anthropology, she manages several new and long-standing series, including Atelier and Public Anthropology.

Read Kate Marshall’s Editor Spotlight

Areas of acquisition: Anthropology, Food Studies

Archna Patel joined UC Press in 2018, and manages the press’s distinguished art history list. Prior to joining the press, Archna worked at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and at numerous art galleries and institutions in Los Angeles. She earned a BA in history and art history from UCLA. Archna is excited to cultivate scholarly books that critically amplify the practices of overlooked artists and communities, and publish ambitious general interest books that better enable us to understand the place of visual culture in the world.

Read Archna Patel’s Editor Spotlight

Areas of acquisition: Art History

Raina Polivka acquired titles at Indiana University Press in music, film and media, and Russian and Eastern European studies, bringing a wealth of subject knowledge to UC Press in 2015. In addition to expanding the celebrated music and film lists, Raina launched several new series: California Studies in Music, Sound, and MediaFeminist Media Studies; and Hip Hop Studies; and Phono: Black Music and the Global Imagination. Recent film and media titles from her list include Martial Law Melodrama: Lino Brocka’s Cinema PoliticsSporting Blackness: Race, Embodiment, and Critical Muscle Memory on Screen; and The Stuff of Spectatorship: Material Cultures of Film and Television. Recent music titles include Beethoven, A LifeHearing Luxe Pop: Glorification, Glamour, and the Middlebrow in American Popular Music; and The Fifth Element: Hip Hop Knowledge and Social Justice in the Classroom and Beyond.

Read Raina Polivka’s Editor Spotlight

Areas of acquisition: Music, Film, Media Studies

This event was first published on March 8, 2022 and last updated on April 6, 2022.

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