Why did you become an acquisitions editor?
It’s the perfect mix of intellectual, creative, and personal work. Back in college I worked at both the library and the university press, so I was clearly destined for one book direction or another. I did everything at that press from writing catalog copy to driving the forklift in the warehouse, but for me, there’s nothing more satisfying than working directly with authors to turn a good idea into a great product.
What projects are you working on now to develop the Criminology and Law Society list at UC Press?
I’ve been at UC Press for five years, developing projects not only for scholars but also for students, general readers, and practitioners. So, we have an impressive catalog of recent publications from a terrific lineup of authors, but here’s a sneak peek at a few upcoming projects:
- Books of interest for our general readers–from Terry Kupers on solitary confinement, Mark Godsey on wrongful convictions, and James Garbarino (our author for Listening to Killers) on young killers and rehabilitation.
- Core textbooks for courses on green criminology (by Michael J. Lynch, Michael Long, Paul Stretesky, and Kimberly Barrett), law & society (by Riaz Tejani), race and crime (by Elizabeth Brown and George Barganier), and critical and ethical thinking (by Eric Williams, who was named Outstanding Faculty of California State University).
- Innovative scholarship from Jeff Ferrell on drift, disorder, and ghost ethnography; Miriam Boeri on Baby Boomer drug users; and Nikki Jones on race, violence, and redemption.
You’re developing new textbooks and course books. Why is new content intended for use in courses important to you?
I believe that the pursuit of justice begins in the classroom. If students learn to think critically about our systems of law and justice, they gain the tools they need to act as catalysts for change when they go on to work for, against, or near the criminal justice system.
Interested in publishing your work with Maura and UC Press? Contact Maura at firstname.lastname@example.org.