Acquisitions Editors

Initial inquiries about publication should be made directly to the appropriate editor at the Press. Submit your proposal to only one editor. Materials will be shared and redistributied among editors if appropriate. Please use the following address for all individuals below:

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Kate Wahl, Publishing Director, Editor-in-Chief, acquires books in Middle East studies and anthropology. Kate also acquires general interest books for SUP's trade imprint, Redwood Press. In Middle East studies, she has a particular interest in the modern and contemporary periods, publishing books that consider important social, cultural, and political issues of interest to scholars, students, and the wider reading public. Proposals are eagerly welcomed for innovative work that considers the region broadly defined, from Morocco to Afghanistan. In anthropology, Kate invites proposals in socio-cultural, political, or medical anthropology that engage issues of race, class, and gender; human rights; global migration; public health; and economic inequalities. Kate joined SUP in 2001. She holds degrees in religious studies and violin performance, and remains an active musician in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving as Assistant Concertmaster of the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra.
Areas of acquisition: Middle East Studies, anthropology, Redwood Press..            (650) 498-9420

Steve Catalano, Senior Editor, acquires books on the topics of business, economics, and philanthropy and nonprofit organizations. His core subject areas include emerging trends in technology and innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustainability, as well as strategy, organization, and executive education. He is also interested in cross-discipline studies in economics that address global issues, policy, and development. These offerings make up a diverse portfolio of academic trade books, professional titles, texts for course use, and monographs. Previously, Steve acquired for Praeger Publishers and Westview Press, where he developed more than two decades of experience in academic and trade publishing.
Areas of acquisition: Business and Economics.            (650) 724-7079

Alan Harvey, Director, acquires books across the intersections of international relations and security studies, focusing on works of broad scholarship that appeal not only to the academy but also to practitioners and lay readers. This program also includes works in more mainstream political science, particularly those in the areas of presidential studies and US policy.
Areas of acquisition: Security Studies, International Relations, and Political Science.            (650) 723-6375

Margo Irvin, Acquisitions Editor, acquires in history and Jewish studies. In history, Margo's list includes modern European and world history, colonial and modern Latin American history, and a new strand in American history with a particular focus on the history of the American West and transnational US histories. She is particularly interested in projects that take up questions around histories of empire, imperialism, and colonialism; nationalism and citizenship; migration and borderlands; the history of science, technology, computing, and information; and the intersections of medicine and health with gender and race. Margo acquires for two long-running interdisciplinary series: Asian America and Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture. She is also the press editor for Stanford Studies on Central and Eastern Europe and the Cold War International History Project series. She is especially interested in receiving pitches for books that contextualize historical events in ways that speak to audiences beyond academia and engage meaningfully with contemporary debates. Before coming to Stanford, Margo was an editor at Routledge, where she commissioned books on the history of the Americas.
Areas of acquisition: History and Jewish Studies.            (650) 498-9023

Marcela Maxfield, Senior Editor, acquires books in sociology, law, and Asian studies. Within sociology, she is interested in questions of race, class, and gender; immigration; science and technology; culture and knowledge production; and politics. Marcela also manages three series in sociology: Inequalities, Culture and Economic Life, and Globalization in Everyday Life. For the law list, Marcela seeks groundbreaking projects within law and society, constitutional law, US law and politics, and legal history. Authors who engage issues of social justice and inequality are of particular appeal. She oversees the series: Stanford Studies in Law and Politics, the Cultural Lives of Law. Within Asian studies, Marcela welcomes a wide range of disciplinary approaches, from history to ethnography, cultural studies to science studies. Broadly speaking, she is especially interested in works with global resonance, and is eager to expand the list’s regional offerings to Southeast Asia, in addition to East and South Asia. She manages two series, South Asia in Motion and Studies of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center. In each subject area, Marcela invites pitches from authors and agents for scholarly and trade books that shed light on topics of broad interest and public debate. She is also interested in work that pushes the boundaries of conventional scholarship, especially for consideration in SUP’s Redwood Press imprint, an outlet for books intended for a general public, and the Stanford Briefs imprint for short-form books addressing pressing issues related to current events. Prior to joining SUP, Marcela worked at Oxford University Press.
Areas of acquisition: Sociology, Law, and Asian Studies.            (650) 498-3396

Friederike Sundaram, Senior Editor, seeks innovative projects in the digital humanities and computational social sciences that advance research in their respective disciplines using web technologies. Acquiring in all areas represented by SUPs humanities and social sciences editors and in select subjects beyond that scope, she is particularly interested in interdisciplinary projects that harness the power of computational methods such as data visualization, geographic information systems, game-based learning, and multidimensional databases to critically investigate human experiences and cultural meaning-making. Friederike holds a master's degree in British studies, with minors in American studies and book studies, and has gained diverse experience in trade and academic publishing, both in the United States and Europe. Having joined the acquisitions team in 2013, she is the main contact for SUP's digital publishing initiative, a venture generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Areas of acquisition: Digital Humanities and Computational Social Sciences..            (650) 736-8207

Erica Wetter, Executive Editor, acquires books in Literature, Philosophy, and Religion. Her list encompasses work in political theory, art, media, and cultural studies, and she is particularly seeking projects that attempt to make significant critical interventions while asking questions of contemporary relevance. She welcomes accessible, broadly conceived projects on politics, gender, race, science, technology, and media and is especially open to discussing more interdisciplinary works as well as books that attempt some form of narrative innovation. Erica holds an MLIS and an MS in Environmental Studies and is also committed to publishing rigorous work in environmental humanities. Her portfolio includes several series, such as Text Technologies; Post45, Cultural Memory in the Present, Encountering Traditions, and Spiritual Phenomena. Before arriving at Stanford, Erica was Publisher at Routledge, where she oversaw the US Media and Cultural Studies list and had the honor of working with authors including bell hooks, Kate Bornstein, Thomas Elsaesser, Joe Turow, Donna Haraway, and many others.
Areas of acquisition: Literature, Philosophy, and Religion.            (650) 725-7717