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Editorial Program

The editorial program of the University of Minnesota Press is recognized internationally for rigorous, groundbreaking work, often informed by social and critical theory and generally defined by interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to scholarship. The Press’s books for general readers include nonfiction titles on politics, current events, music, art, architecture, race, sexuality, and history. The Press is also committed to publishing on Minnesota and the Upper Midwest.

Since the 1980s—and the launch of the Theory and History of Literature series—Minnesota has been a leading force in opening new areas of academic inquiry and sponsoring publications in emerging areas of thought and research.  The Press is among the most active publishers of scholarly translations from Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Minnesota publishes a broad array of academic disciplines and encourages writing that is politically and culturally engaged and has a strong argumentive voice.

All projects taken under formal consideration undergo a rigorous four-step process of initial editorial screening, peer review, staff evaluation, and faculty committee approval.

Looking to submit a proposal? See our book proposal submission guidelines.

 

ABOUT THE EDITORS

Richard W. Morrison, Editorial Director

Richard Morrison acquires books for both scholarly and general readers. General interest titles may include original works of literary nonfiction, history, and current events, while academic books focus on literary criticism, cultural studies, art, visual culture, and American studies. His primary editorial interests are in works that engage gender and sexuality, critical race and ethnic studies, cultural history, and aesthetics. Manuscripts addressing the intersections of cultural, artistic, political, and intellectual movements are especially welcome as are those that advance feminist and queer theoretical discourse, investigate the politics of difference, critique structures of imperial power (past and present), and examine histories of photography, literature, and other forms of cultural production.

Subject areas: American studies, art and visual culture, critical race and ethnic studies, literary and cultural studies, queer studies

Series: Critical American Studies; Difference Incorporated

Assistant to Richard Morrison: Erin Warholm-Wohlenhaus

 

Jason Weidemann, Senior Acquisitions Editor

Jason Weidemann seeks manuscripts that make field-defining interventions in their core disciplines, contribute to interdisciplinary conversations, and communicate to readers beyond the academy, including activists, policymakers, and general readers. His interest in Native and indigenous studies draws on literary studies, the social sciences, legal studies, and education. He also acquires work in cultural and human geography, feminism, and social movements, including books that develop compelling ethnographic research and inform global debates about environmental politics, health and science, and the urban environment. The interdisciplinary Asian studies list is rooted in Japanese literary and cultural studies; translations are of particular interest, specifically critical theory and nonfiction by contemporary Japanese intellectuals. He is also interested in manuscripts on the social aspects of video games and digital communication.

Subject areas: anthropology, Asian studies, media studies, geography, Native and indigenous studies, sociology

Series: Indigenous Americas; Social Movements, Protest, and Contention; Visible Evidence

Assistant to Jason Weidemann: Danielle Kasprzak

 

Pieter Martin, Editor

Pieter Martin acquires scholarly and general interest books in architecture and urban studies, politics and international relations, education studies and policy, and music history. In political science and international relations he acquires projects that are theoretically ambitious, policy-focused, or both; specific interests include the governance of cities, the politics of race and ethnicity in America, environmental studies, critical security studies, radical criminology, and innovative work in political theory.  In architecture, he looks for writing and research that connect the material realm of buildings, landscapes, and cities to broader cultural and political contexts, as well as the intellectual and cultural history of architecture and design practices. He is building an interdisciplinary list in education, focusing on the intersection of public school reform, curriculum, and social justice, especially in urban contexts. Finally, he is interested in both scholarly and trade manuscripts that document the cultural history of popular and avant-garde music during the past century.

Subject areas: architecture and design; environmental studies; education, policy, and law; music; political science; urban studies

Series: Architecture, Landscape, and American Culture; Globalization and Community

Assistant to Pieter Martin: Kristian G. Tvedten

 

Erik Anderson, Regional Trade Editor

Erik Anderson acquires general interest titles focusing on books about Minnesota and the Upper Great Lakes region, Scandinavian culture, jazz and popular music, and trade paperback reprints. Minnesota’s regional list is a broad and adventurous one, featuring books in history, politics, memoirs, creative nonfiction, cookbooks, gardening, nature, science, children’s and Young Adult books, and select fiction on local themes. The Scandinavian list is rooted in history, literature in translation, children’s books, cookbooks, traditional craft, and myth and folklore. In music, he seeks inventive works across genres and eras in the form of cultural histories, criticism, and autobiography—of particular interest are books that engage twentieth century jazz or blues culture. All paperback reprint queries are welcome, particularly in film biography and autobiography, regional interest, music, and literature.

Subject areas: regional, Scandinavian, music, trade paperback reprints

Assistant to Erik Anderson: Kristian G. Tvedten

 

Danielle Kasprzak, Associate Editor

Danielle Kasprzak acquires books for the cinema and media studies lists at Minnesota. In cinema studies, she acquires books by scholars investigating avant-garde and experimental cinema, intersections of cinema and art/aesthetics, nonfiction film and documentary studies, and film theory (Deleuzean and otherwise). In addition, she is interested in critical examinations of new media and media theory, including critical code studies, network theory, digital and new media art, and other digital media topics.

Subject areas: cinema and media, digital culture

Series: Electronic Mediations

 

Douglas Armato, Director

Douglas Armato focuses his acquisitions on Minnesota’s translation program and on projects in social, political, and critical theory. He is the in-house editor for the Electronic Mediations and Posthumanities series and occasionally acquires general projects on literature, culture, and digital media. Concepts prevalent in his current acquisitions program are biopolitics, animal studies, consumerism, utopianism, cosmology, avisuality, nonlinear thought, materialism, technology, and the history and practice of theory. He also looks for books that follow an essayistic or speculative rather than traditional monographic structure as well as works that advance a strong argumentive reading of contemporary society.

Subject areas: digital culture, philosophy and theory

Series: Electronic Mediations; Posthumanities; Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science

Assistant to Douglas Armato: Danielle Kasprzak

 

Beverly Kaemmer, Associate Director and Test Division Manager

Beverly Kaemmer acquires books on the MMPI instruments for mental health professionals, researchers, and students. They range from hands-on interpretive guides for using the instruments to scholarly titles documenting the psychometric development of scales and research on constructs such as masculinity/femininity. In development is a series of practical guides for the latest version of the MMPI-2 for adults, the MMPI-2-RF, in a variety of settings—mental health, medical, forensic (civil and criminal), and personnel selection. Also of interest are books on therapy practice.

Subject area: psychology

Assistant to Beverly Kaemmer: Tami Brown

 

Looking to submit a proposal? See our book proposal submission guidelines.