I seek and commission books primarily by scholars and occasionally by policy analysts and long-form journalists whose work is grounded in scholarship, all of whom maintain active media presences. My authors include Beinecke, Boren, Fulbright, Guggenheim, MacDowell Colony, and Mellon Fellows, Yaddo alumni, Chevaliers of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, National Endowment for the Humanities grant recipients, and winners of the Bolton-Johnson Prize, the Hans Gatzke Prize, the Harry Oppenheimer Award, the Prix Maurice Baumont, and the Prix Bristol des Lumières.
My books, which I acquire directly from authors as well as via literary agents, are both timely, uncovering the rich history that undergirds our world today, and timeless—definitive works that will have longevity in libraries and college courses. They address how archival materials drive historiography; how historical forces shape national identity; how maritime spaces have become sites of geopolitical contest throughout the course of history; how imperial expansion, colonization, and maritime trade not only created demands for commodities, but also sparked the establishment of religious communities far removed from their countries of origin, and fostered cultural reciprocity; how the lived experience of totalitarianism over decades continues to shape countries today; how the architectonics of the post-Cold war world order still influence the modern world; and how America should navigate this order to best advance its interests. In so doing, my books not only advance scholarship in temporal and regional subfields, but also cross disciplinary and geographical boundaries to reflect global history’s transition away from the confines of area studies.
Upon publication, my books have been favorably reviewed in Arts & Letters Daily, Dissent, the Economist, the Financial Times, the Guardian, Kirkus Reviews, the Literary Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Nation, the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, Publishers Weekly, and the Wall Street Journal, and have been excerpted in the Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Harper’s Magazine, and Lapham’s Quarterly. They have won the University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies and the W. Bruce Lincoln Prize, both awarded by the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.
In addition to working for Yale, I have taught workshops for prospective publishing industry candidates seeking to establish their careers and faculty preparing their books for submission to publishers at American University, Georgetown University, the University of Southern California (as a faculty member at the inaugural publishing workshop there, organized by the Los Angeles Review of Books), and Yale. At the invitation of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the American University of Beirut, I will teach a workshop there in April 2018. I am a contributor of reviews and review essays of fiction and non-fiction to the LA Review of Books, National Public Radio's website, Ploughshares, the Times Literary Supplement, and other venues, too.