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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.



Jason Weidemann, Editorial Director

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 works in cultural and human geography, anthropology, and sociology. Special interests include environmental politics, multispecies ethnography, urban studies, global flows of labor and capital, and Asian studies. Of specific interest are manuscripts that examine the social and racial dimensions of medicine and science. Proposals for translations from Japanese are welcomed, specifically science fiction and critical theory. He is also interested in manuscripts on the social aspects of video games and digital communication.

As Chair of the Press’s Journals Program, Jason Weidemann is interested in forging publishing partnerships with new and existing journals based on principles of intellectual independence and a commitment to ethical and equitable partnerships.  

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

Series: Indigenous Americas



Pieter Martin, Senior Editor

Pieter Martin acquires scholarly and general interest books in art and architecture, urban studies and sociology, politics and international relations, educational studies, and history of technology. 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 architectural practice. In art, he is interested in projects on visual and material culture, avant-garde practice and design history. In political science, international relations, sociology, and the law, 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, criminology, and innovative work in political theory. His list in education focuses on intersections of race and sexuality, school reform, and social justice.

Subject areas: architecture and design; art history; urban studies and sociology; education; political science; legal studies and international relations; history of technology

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

Assistant to Pieter Martin:


, 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


, Humanities Editor

Leah Pennywark seeks innovative book projects that overturn expectations and offer new ways of thinking about culture, literature, and media. She values interdisciplinary work in emerging areas of scholarship as well as manuscripts that speak to broader audiences, particularly within the fields of disability studies, childhood studies, queer/transgender studies, and feminism. Her primary editorial interests include critical race and ethnic studies, avant-garde and experimental cinema, digital culture and new media, gender and sexuality, and literary criticism. Special interests include multiethnic and comparative race, mass media, and labor studies. Leah also acquires titles for our Forerunners: Ideas First series, a thought-in-process series of short, breakthrough works in all areas were Minnesota currently acquires.
Subject areas: American studies, critical race and ethnic studies, literary and cultural studies, queer/transgender studies, disability studies, cinema and media studies, digital culture

Series: Electronic Mediations; Forerunners

Assistant to Leah Pennywark

, Associate Editor

Kristian Tvedten acquires scholarly and general interest titles relating to the history and culture of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, as well as projects in regional ecology, natural science, environmental studies, and select projects of Scandinavian interest. He is broadly interested in the environment of the Upper Great Lakes region and the social and agricultural transformation of the rural Midwest. Within this editorial focus his interests include regional biodiversity, wildlife conservation, natural resource management, public health, and environmental policy. He seeks innovative and accessible work that promotes public understanding of science while engaging with environmental conversations throughout the region.

Subject areas: regional history, environmental studies, Scandinavian


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 Posthumanities series and occasionally acquires general projects on literature, culture, art, and digital media. Concepts prevalent in his current acquisitions program are biopolitics, ecocriticism, speculative realism, animal studies, consumerism, utopianism, cosmology, 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: philosophy and theory

Series: Posthumanities



, Test Division Manager

The Test Division 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. Recent developments include use of the MMPI-2-RF in a variety of settings—mental health, police and public safety, and forensic (civil and criminal).

Subject area: psychology


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