Publishing and Prospering in the Academy

Sep 19 2014 -
1:30pm to 7:00pm

About the Symposium

Publishing and Prospering in the Academy is a symposium designed to engage those interested in learning about the process of taking a project, or dissertation, to a book manuscript and eventually publication. Those attending will have the opportunity to hear from three recent alumnae that have books debuting in 2014 as well as a panel of editors to learn more about the publication process. Though the refrain “publish or perish” is popular in the academy this symposium seeks to instead provide students with information about how to publish and prosper in the academy. The event is open to all and registration is not required to attend.

Schedule of Events

1:30 - 3:00 PM - "From Dissertation to Book Proposal"

Panelists Include:

Moderator: Diana Hill Mitchell *10, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs & Diversity, Graduate School, Princeton University

  • Megan Ming Francis *08, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Washington

  • G. Cristina Mora *09, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California at Berkeley

  • Leah Wright Rigueur *09, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University

3:15 - 4:15 PM - "From Book Proposal to Final Manuscript"

Moderator: Michael Wood, Charles Barnwell Straut Class of 1923 Professor of English and Comparative Literature.

Panelists Include:

  • Jennifer Hammer, Senior Editor, New York University Press

  • Anne Savarese, Executive Editor, Princeton University Press

  • Ken Wissoker, Editorial Director, Duke University Press

4:30 - 5:00 PM - "Ask Me Anything" with Alumnae Panelists
5:00 PM - Closing Reception



Megan Ming Francis *08 is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. Francis received her doctorate in Politics at Princeton University. Before joining the faculty at UW, Francis was on the faculty at Pepperdine University for four years. Francis’s work sits at the intersection of American politics, race, constitutional law, and history. She is particularly interested in the construction of rights and citizenship, black political activism, and the politics of capitalism.

She is the author of Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State (Cambridge University Press, 2014). This book argues the NAACP played a pivotal role in the growth of federal court power in criminal procedure and subsequently in civil rights by helping the Supreme Court wrestle away jurisdiction from state courts in the first quarter of the 20th century. Francis is currently at work on a second book project that examines the role of the criminal justice system in the rebuilding of southern political and economic power after the Civil War.

Jennifer Hammer, NYU Press's Religion, Anthropology, and Psychology editor, has been with NYU Press for over 22 years. After initially serving as assistant to the director and then an editorial assistant, she has continued her trajectory within the acquisitions editorial department over the past two decades. She is now Senior Editor. While working at the Press she earned her Master’s in gender studies and feminist theory at The New School for Social Research.

G. Cristina Mora *09 completed her B.A. in Sociology at UC Berkeley in 2003 and earned her PhD in Sociology from Princeton University in 2009. Before returning to Cal, she was a Provost Postdoctoral Scholar in Sociology at the University of Chicago.

Professor Mora’s research focuses mainly on questions of racial and ethnic categorization, organizations, and immigration. Her forthcoming book, Making HIspanics, will be published by the University of Chicago Press and provides a socio-historical account of the institutionalization of the “Hispanic/Latino” panethnic category in the United States. She is currently working on two new projects. The first examines how national Latino political organizations in the United States and Spain develop and implement panethnic agendas. The second assesses clinical studies to explore how immigration changes the discourse about race and medicine.  In addition, Professor Mora’s research focuses on immigrant religion, as well as on the diffusion of Pentecostalism in Latin America. Her work is forthcoming or has been published in venues like the American Sociological Review, Annual Review of Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Latino Studies, and Poetics.

Leah Wright Rigueur *09 is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her research interests include 20th century United States political and social history and modern African American history, with an emphasis on race, civil rights, political ideology, the American two-party system, and the presidency. Before joining the Kennedy School faculty, Leah was a professor at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She received her B.A. in history from Dartmouth College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Princeton University.  

Her book, The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power (Princeton University Press, 2015) covers more than four decades of American political and social history, and examines the ideas and actions of black Republican activists, officials, and politicians, from the era of the New Deal to Ronald Reagan’s presidential ascent in 1980; her work provides a new understanding of the interaction between African Americans and the Republican Party, and the seemingly incongruous intersection of civil rights and American conservatism.

Anne Savarese became executive editor for literature at Princeton University Press earlier this year after ten years as reference editor at the Press, where she has published such works as Dictionary of Untranslatables and The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, Fourth Edition. She now acquires in American, British, and comparative literature and for such series as Translation/Transnation and Writers on Writers. Before coming to Princeton she was an editor at Oxford University Press and St. Martin’s Press.

Ken Wissoker is the Editorial Director of Duke University Press, acquiring books in anthropology, cultural studies and social theory; globalization and post-colonial theory; Asian, African, and American studies; music, film and television; race, gender and sexuality; science studies; and other areas in the humanities, social sciences, media, and the arts.  He joined the Press as an Acquisitions Editor in 1991; became Editor-in-Chief in 1997; and was named Editorial Director in 2005. This fall, in addition to his duties at the Press, he became Director of Intellectual Publics at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.

He has published close to 900 books which have won over 100 prizes.  Among the authors whose books he has published are Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Jack Halberstam, Charles Taylor, Joan Scott, Lisa Lowe, Lauren Berlant, Brian Massumi, Arjun Appadurai, Sara Ahmed, Rey Chow, Randy Weston, and Fred Wesley.

Wissoker is the author of the Cinema Journal essay “The Future of the Book as a Media Project and the earlier Chronicle of Higher Education articles "Scholarly Monographs Are Flourishing, Not Dying" and "Negotiating a Passage between Disciplinary Borders" the latter of which was later reprinted with responses from five social scientists in the Social Science Research Council newsletter, Items and Issues.  A three-part interview with him by Adeline Koh appeared in April 2013 on the Prof. Hacker blog.

Michael Wood studied French and German at Cambridge University, and has taught at Columbia University and at the University of Exeter in the UK. He has written books on Vladimir Nabokov, Luis Buñuel, Franz Kafka and Gabriel García Márquez, as well as The Road to Delphi, a study of the ancient and continuing allure of oracles. Among his other books are America in the Movies and Children of Silence. A member of the American Philosophical Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books and the New York Review of Books, and writes frequently for other journals too. At Princeton he teaches mainly contemporary fiction, modern poetry and the theory and history of criticism. His most recent book is Literature and the Taste of Knowledge.
Jennifer Loessy
Sponsored by: 
The Graduate School