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:

Stanford University Press
500 Broadway St.
Redwood City, CA 94063-3199

Kate Wahl, Publishing Director, Editor-in-Chief, acquires books in Middle East studies, and edits the series, Stanford Studies in Comparative Race and Ethnicity. Kate also acquires general interest books for SUP's trade imprint, Redwood Press, and was the editor of SUP's first novel in the imprint, The Woman Who Read Too Much. Within 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, smart, and all-around great books that consider the region broadly defined, from Morocco to Afghanistan. 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, Stanford Studies in Comparative Race and Ethnicity, Redwood Press.            (650) 498-9420

Steve Catalano, Senior Editor, acquires across a broad spectrum of topics in business and economics. His list offers a variety of perspectives backed by scholarly research, and is driven by books with accessible narratives that serve both the study and practice of business. Core subject areas include new and emerging trends in technology and innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustainability, as well as strategy, management, and executive education. He is also interested in cross-discipline studies in economics that address global issues, policy, and development. Together, these works comprise a diverse portfolio of academic trade books, professional titles, texts for course use, and monographs. New book proposals are always welcome, including projects for the following series with SUP: Emerging Frontiers in the Global Economy, High Reliability and Crisis Management, and Innovation and Technology in the World Economy. Previously, Steve acquired for Praeger Publishers and Westview Press, where he developed over two decades of experience in academic and trade publishing.
Areas of acquisition: Business and Economics.            (650) 724-7079

Emily-Jane Cohen, Executive Editor, seeks books that advance research and debate in a range of areas, including philosophy and theory, religious studies and theology, and literature and literary criticism. The in-house editor for some of SUP’s most noted interdisciplinary series in the humanities, she has also launched other exciting new ventures, including a series in American literature and culture in collaboration with the Post*45 group and the theologically driven Encountering Traditions, which fosters interreligious exchanges between the Abrahamic and other faiths. Titles and series are also on the way in the areas of spiritual phenomena and the occult, ethnographic, theoretical, and historical investigations of race and religion, and vanguard examples of theoretical thinking. Emily-Jane is keen to expand her acquisitions in media studies, political theory, and philosophically-inflected studies of the visual and performing arts. Her undergraduate studies in religion and art history, and her doctorate in literature inform Emily-Jane’s approach to scholarly materials. The main contact for the press’s translation program and a translator herself, she is fluent in multiple languages and shepherds a list that generates global and cross-cultural discussion.
Areas of acquisition: Philosophy, Religion, Literature.            (650) 725-7717

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. Her list spans North and South American, European, and world history, across all time periods and approaches. She is particularly interested in projects with a transnational or comparative angle, as well as books that take a thematic approach. Margo is actively looking to grow the Press’s offerings in U.S. history, particularly within the areas of history of science and technology, cultural history, environmental history, labor history, economic history, and the history of the American West. 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. Previously, 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

Michelle Lipinski, Senior Editor, seeks scholarly and trade titles for the anthropology and law lists. She is interested in books that challenge and innovate; engaging narratives that create space for further conversation among academics, policymakers, and a wider general audience. In anthropology, she looks for socio-cultural studies and ethnographies exploring politics and law, economic life, policy, medicine and public health, transnational perspectives, race, class, gender, and religion. Michelle seeks law books that interrogate and scrutinize aspects of law and society, U.S. law and the courts, international and comparative law, and jurisprudence and legal history. Michelle welcomes manuscripts firmly and theoretically grounded in their own specialty, but she also seeks titles that cross disciplines and strengthen multiple fields, as demonstrated by the offerings within Stanford’s Studies in Human Rights series. Michelle joined SUP in 2012, and previously acquired books for the academic law list at Oxford University Press.
Areas of acquisition: Anthropology and Law.            (650) 736-4641

Marcela Maxfield, Acquisitions Editor, acquires books in sociology and Asian studies. She seeks engaging, accessible books that shed light on topics of broad interest and public debate. Within sociology, she is interested in questions of race, class, and gender; immigration; social movements and grassroots organizing; education; culture; and science and technology. Seeking mainly qualitative studies, she is also eager to find ways of incorporating quantitative sociology into compelling narrative scholarship. Marcela also acquires titles for two series in sociology, Studies in Social Inequality and Culture and Economic Life. Within Asian studies, Marcela welcomes a wide range of books—from history to ethnography, politics to cultural anthropology, spanning East and South Asian nations—and manages two series, South Asia in Motion and Studies of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center. Prior to joining SUP, Marcela worked at Oxford University Press.
Areas of acquisition: Sociology and Asian Studies.            (650) 498-3396

Friederike Sundaram, Acquisitions Editor, seeks innovative projects in the digital humanities and social sciences that advance research in their respective disciplines using web technologies. Acquiring in all areas represented by SUP's 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 Social Sciences.            (650) 736-8207