Our editors are known for working closely with authors from initial idea through peer review and book production to develop books of the highest quality in a timely manner. It is important to us that our authors find the experience of working with the Press positive and rewarding.
Darcy Cullen, Assistant Director, Acquisitions
As the Assistant Director, Acquisitions, Darcy Cullen oversees the direction of UBC Press’s editorial department and acquires manuscripts in Indigenous studies, gender studies, and across the Press’s imprints. She enjoys learning about new book projects and working with authors to bring unique ideas to publication. Darcy is also the founder and lead of RavenSpace, a new model of publishing that embraces collaboration, respects Indigenous protocols, and uses digital tools in imaginative ways to make knowledge accessible and shareable across communities and generations. She welcomes queries and requests for the RavenSpace proposal template.
SUBJECTS: BC Studies, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Indigenous Studies
SERIES: Brenda & David MacLean; First Nations Languages; Sexuality Studies; Shared: Public & Oral History; Women & Indigenous Studies
Randy Schmidt, Senior Editor
Since starting at UBC Press in 1996, Randy Schmidt has been a driving force within the acquisitions department. During that time, he has helped guide hundreds of books from the proposal stage though peer review and into production. Along the way, he coordinated the launch of several well-respected series, including Law and Society and Nature | History | Society, and most recently he established the series Landmark Cases in Canadian Law. Randy's editorial approach is simple: find good manuscripts, shepherd them to publication in a timely manner, and make authors happy.
SUBJECTS: Asian Studies, Diplomatic History, Law and Socio-Legal Studies, Military History, Political History, Political Science
SERIES: C.D. Howe; Commmunication, Strategy, Politics; Contemporary Chinese Studies; Law and Society; Studies in Canadian Military History
James MacNevin, Senior Editor
James MacNevin has a diverse background in book publishing. He began his career in 2001 working for independent trade publishers and later moved into textbook publishing and finally into scholarly publishing—a trajectory that has left him with an appreciation for many varieties of research and writing, and for works that speak to multiple audiences. As an editor, he enjoys collaborating with authors to bring new scholarship to the fore.
SUBJECTS: Canadian History, Communications & Media Studies, Environmental History, Environmental and Resource Studies, Health and Food Studies, Sociology, Transnational and Multicultural Studies, Urban Studies and Planning
SERIES: Disability, Culture, and Politics; Nature | History | Society; Sustainability and the Environment
Nadine Pedersen, Editor
Nadine Pedersen brings over ten years’ experience in trade and educational publishing to her role at UBC Press, including as a substantive book editor, production manager, and managing editor. Nadine acquires books for two of our trade imprints: Purich Books and On Campus. Nadine is passionate about working with authors to develop non-fiction manuscripts that highlight and address the needs of distinct communities of readers. She welcomes queries in advance of proposals.
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