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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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 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

Michelle Lipinski, Senior Editor, acquires and edits books for Stanford’s law and anthropology lists. For the law list, Michelle seeks out 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. For the anthropology list, Michelle is particularly interested in ethnographies that showcase original voices and precise explorations of politics and law, economic life, technology, policy worlds, im/migration studies, and issues of race, class, and gender. Michelle also seeks out projects aimed at the intersection of American studies and anthropology. Both lists showcase crossdisciplinary works that contribute to multiple fields, as demonstrated by the Stanford Studies in Human Rights series. Michelle also oversees the series: Stanford Studies in Law and Politics, the Cultural Lives of Law, and Anthropology of Policy. Michelle draws inspiration from productive collaborations with authors that produce strategically-targeted and beautifully-expressed, impactful ideas. She invites pitches from authors and agents for books that create space for further conversation, be it among academics, policymakers, or an informed general readership. 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 scholarly and trade 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; science and technology; culture and knowledge production; and politics. Seeking mainly qualitative studies, 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. Marcela also acquires titles for three series in sociology: Inequalities, Culture and Economic Life, and Globalization in Everyday Life. 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. Prior to joining SUP, Marcela worked at Oxford University Press.
Areas of acquisition: Sociology 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,
Areas of acquisition: Philosophy, Religion, Literature.            (650) 725-7717