As a senior acquisitions editor, I have acquired and published hundreds (est. 600+) of books in business, economics, finance, politics, international affairs, military studies, current events, and social issues over the past two decades. Currently Senior Acquisitions Editor, Global Business, at Georgetown University Press, I have previously acquired for Praeger and Potomac. I love meeting authors and helping them to develop and market their projects. Marketing is key, because an important nonfiction book (in these areas) is only important if it is read and actually impacts people's lives, enhances their understanding of the world, or influences their behavior or our laws and policies.
The books I've acquired include "Cold Peace: Russia's New Imperialism" (2004), by Janusz Bugajski; "Financial Literacy for Millennials" (2016), by Andrew O. Smith; '"Hidden in Plain Sight: America's Slaves of the New Millennium" (2017), by Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco; "The Artificial Intelligence Imperative: A Roadmap for Business" (2018), by Anastassia Lauterbach and Andrea Bonime-Blanc; "The American Way of Writing: How to Communicate Like a Native at School, at Work, and on the Road" (2019) by Steven D. Stark; "If Einstein Ran the Schools: Revitalizing U.S. Education" (2019), by Thomas Armstrong; and "Ghost Guns: Hobbyists, Hackers, and the Homemade Weapons Revolution" (2020), by Mark A. Tallman. I also signed and published the first (as far as I know) serious biography of Barack Obama not insta-written for children ("Barack Obama: The New Face of American Politics" (2007), by Martin Dupuis and Keith Boeckelman), which sold through its first printing in a week, and the ONLY book-length treatment of the DuPont scandal dramatized in the Mark Ruffalo movie "Dark Waters" (2019) (other than lawyer Robert Bilott's own recent memoir): "Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof, and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8" (2007), by the journalist Callie Lyons.
In the nonprofit world I am a volunteer treasurer for two organizations, and in 2015 I served as Chair of the Woman Extraordinaire Committee for International Women Associates of Chicago, coordinating an award luncheon at the Union League Club for 300+ guests in honor of Karen AbuZayd.
Languages studied: French, Spanish, German, Russian. French again.
I completed a double major at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in Russian and Politics in three years while working graveyard shift at a doughnut shop on weekends. At Columbia University I specialized in National Security Studies at the School of International and Public Affairs while waiting tables at the Hungarian Pastry Shop. This job enabled me to get to know New York City in a very special way that would not have been possible if I'd done something more "appropriate"; my only regret is that they didn't tip the baristas in those days.
Outside of work, my passion is running and racing. At first I was very slow, but I worked hard and steadily improved until I qualified for the Boston Marathon on my tenth attempt (at Chicago 2013), and then I slowed down again after completing Boston in 2015. Trying to find new motivators after ten years and nearly 200 races, including 15 marathons and 45 half marathons in 27 states. Former hobbies include riding my motorcycle, a Suzuki Savage 650; practicing yoga; and valiant but doomed attempts to learn to knit.
Awards and Recognition
- In April 2018 five of my Praeger titles won Independent Publisher Book Awards in the categories of Current Events (two), Writing/Publishing , Finance, and Reference. See www.ippyawards.com. One of my Potomac titles, "Seymour Hersh: Scoop Artist" (2013), by Robert Miraldi, won a Sperber Award. See https://news.fordham.edu/university-news/robert-miraldis-book-wins-sperber-award-2/.