Leah Pennywark joins University of Minnesota Press as new humanities editor

Leah Pennywark is the new University of Minnesota Press humanities editor. She starts August 26.


Pennywark is from Stanford University Press.

Press Release Date: 2019-08-07T05:00:00+00:00

Minneapolis, MN—The University of Minnesota Press is excited to announce that Leah Pennywark will be joining our staff as the new humanities acquisitions editor. Leah will start at the Press on Monday, August 26.

Leah arrives at Minnesota after having spent the last two years at Stanford University Press. As assistant editor, she focused on political science, international relations, security studies, and Middle East studies. Prior to that, she served as acquisitions assistant at Purdue University Press, where she completed a PhD in American literature. She has an MA in literature from the University of Rochester and a BA in English from Rice University.

As UMP’s humanities editor, she will acquire in a wide range of disciplines, including American studies, cultural studies, literary criticism, and cinema and media studies. Her interests include gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, and emerging cultural formations. She is passionate about argument-driven work that is politically and culturally engaged. 

"The humanities list makes up a large part of the University of Minnesota Press's DNA. It’s vital to our overall publishing program and an essential conduit for new and emerging fields and conversations. Leah has a deep understanding and appreciation for what we do at the press, for our lists and our authors. She will further our commitments and traditions in humanities publishing while also supporting new and emerging conversations,” said Editorial Director Jason Weidemann

Leah continues, “I’m honored and excited to be joining the University of Minnesota Press team. The Press is known for the excellence of its authors and its strong dedication to innovative and field-defining work. I look forward to working on path-breaking, interdisciplinary books that speak to both academic and public audiences.”

Please join us in welcoming Leah to Minnesota!