With more than ten years of experience in university press publishing, I acquire scholarly and trade work for scholars, students, and general readers in U.S. and world history, geography, and environmental studies. Within these broad areas I am particularly interested in manuscripts about the history of the American West, Latin America, Pacific worlds, and polar regions. I also acquire in cultural history and military history, as well as environmental history, with an emphasis on spatial history and the history of health and medicine. My own academic work has focused on environmental history and the American West.
With eighteen years of experience in scholarly publishing, I acquire in Native American and Indigenous studies, anthropology and ethnography, and borderlands history. I have sponsored The Franz Boas Papers: Documentary Edition (25 vols.); Andrew W. Mellon Foundation–funded initiatives; and many award-winning books in Native American and Indigenous studies, western history, memoir, and general nonfiction. Previously I was the acquiring editor for western history and literary studies at the University of Oklahoma Press and was editor in chief of the San Diego History Center’s Journal of San Diego History. Before joining UNP in 2008 I taught the history of the American West and American intellectual and cultural history at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Nebraska–Kearney. I am the author of The San Diego World’s Fairs and Southwestern Memory, 1880–1940 (University of New Mexico Press, 2005). In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, skateboarding, and remodeling my 1908 house in Lincoln.
There I Go Again
Upstairs at the Roosevelts'
As the acquiring editor for Potomac Books, an imprint of the Press since 2013, I am interested in biographies and memoirs, world and national affairs, military history—including the Civil War—and military affairs, and national and international security and intelligence. I also acquire for Bison Books, UNP’s imprint widely regarded as the home of some of the best books in classic western literature and Native studies. I am always on the lookout for projects (fiction and nonfiction) that deal with the Great Plains, the Old West, and the American West. I’ve been with the Press since 2005, originally as the manager of Bison Books, and in the book industry for thirty-five years.
I acquire and develop sports books for both trade and scholarly audiences. My acquiring interests include all the major team and individual sports, with particular interest in biographies, accounts of specific eras or seasons, and narrative nonfiction. On the scholarly side I acquire sports history and monographs that focus on current topics in sports, including race, gender, and globalization. Across both lists I’m interested in sports as a point of entry into American culture and how sports reflect to a large degree who we are as a people. I also acquire spaceflight history, including the renowned Outward Odyssey series. Prior to joining the Press in 2003 I worked for Contemporary Books/McGraw-Hill in Chicago.
I assist Rob Taylor. Please contact me if you have questions regarding his areas of acquisition. I also acquire trade creative works and oversee our series-based poetry program. Though primarily focused on creative nonfiction, I also seek works of fiction set on the Great Plains. I received my BA in English from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2008 and have worked in scholarly publishing since 2009.
I assist Matt Bokovoy and am the acquisitions liaison to the Jewish Publication Society. Please contact me if you have questions regarding these areas of acquisition. I hold master’s degrees in history (2008) and English (2012), both from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and am coauthor of the book Kearney: The Midway City with Mark R. Ellis (Arcadia, 2006).
I assist Bridget Barry and work with the American studies and cultural criticism list. I am the acquisitions editor for the Polar Studies series and the managing editor of the Backwaters Press annual poetry contest. Please contact me with any questions regarding these areas of acquisition. I have worked in scholarly publishing since 2015 and received my BA in psychology from the University of South Dakota in 2009. I am currently pursuing a MA degree in history from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.