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The Making of an Academic Book

February 12th, 2016
3:00 PM


Friday, February 12, 2016

Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011)

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Join us for a discussion with historian Julia Gaffield and University of North Carolina Press editor Elaine Maisner on the process of developing and publishing a successful academic book. Gaffield recently received her PhD in History from Duke University, and turned her dissertation into Haitian Connections in the Atlantic World, published in 2015 by the University of North Carolina Press. Gaffield and her editor, Elaine Maisner, will share their experience of the process and of how they were able to balance various goals, including producing a work that spoke to an academic audience while also reaching out to a broader readership, and reflect more broadly on concepts and processes involved in writing and publishing successful scholarly work. Maisner will also provide advice about how to approach getting published at a university press.

Header image from the University of Chicago Press blog.

Julia Gaffield

Georgia State University

Julia Gaffield is a historian of the early-modern Atlantic World. She completed her Ph.D. in the Department of History at Duke University in 2012. Her research focuses on the early independence period in Haiti and seeks to understand the connections between Haiti and other Atlantic colonies, countries, and empires in the early 19th century. She is the author of Haitian Connections in the Atlantic World: Recognition after Revolution (Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 2015) and editor of The Haitian Declaration of Independence (Charlottesville, VA: The University of Virginia Press, 2015). She is also the editor of the "Haiti and the Atlantic World" blog.

Elaine Maisner

University of North Carolina Press

Elaine Maisner, senior executive editor at UNC Press, has worked in scholarly book publishing since 1985, including editorial positions at Yale University Press and the University of Tokyo Press. At UNC Press since 1992, she acquires books in the areas of religious studies, Latin American and Caribbean studies, and regional and general trade. Her article, "Getting Published by a University Press" was published in Perspectives, the newsmagazine of the American Historical Association. She has served on the Membership Committee and the Diversity Committee of the Association of American University Presses and since 1997 has been a member of the UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American Studies editorial committee for the Consortium-sponsored Latin America in Translation series.