Presented by the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS)
Wednesday, October 14th – 7pm/EST

The aim of this webinar is to offer invaluable perspectives for scholars and grad students working to advance publishing projects. We will be taking a deep dive into the basics of publishing a book in the field of Black studies. Topics to include: contacting an editor, the key features of a book proposal, the peer review procedures, and the production process. We will also examine the extent to which academic publishing has changed and is adjusting to challenges created by the pandemic.





Liz Murice Alexander is a doctoral candidate in English literature at Cornell University and the 2019-2020 Mellon Editorial Fellow at Northwestern University Press, working across acquisitions, EDP, and Sales & Marketing. Her research is at the intersection of Black women’s art practice, emergent recording technology, and literary theory, and she is also a freelance web developer. Follower her on Twitter @blkvibration.




Walter Biggins is Editor in Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Press, and a freelance writer. With Daniel Couch, he is the author of Bob Mould’s Workbook (Bloomsbury, 2017). His work has been published in the Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionThe Quarterly ConversationBookslutRogerEbert.comThe Baseball Chronicle, and other periodicals. He lives in Philadelphia. Follow him on Twitter @walter_biggins.



Dawn Durante is Editor in Chief at the University of Texas Press and acquires books in the fields of Black studies, women’s studies, history, American studies, and sports. She acquired in many of the same fields in her former position as senior acquisitions editor at University of Illinois Press. Her publishing career started with an internship at University of Arizona Press, and she has a Scholarly Publishing Graduate Certificate from Arizona State University. Dawn is committed to demystifying scholarly publishing—both for aspiring publishing professionals and authors. Follow her on Twitter @dawnd.



Andrew Winters is an associate editor at the University of North Carolina Press. He acquires and commissions books of history that investigate subjects regionally and trans-regionally, in the American South and beyond, as well as at the national and transnational levels for readers within and outside of the academy. His particular interest is cultural history that investigates how people and traditions, attitudes, symbols, customs, performance, and more are explored through structures of world perspectives, gender, race, class, sexuality, and knowledge and power, drawn from a diverse range of fields and subfields in the humanities including, African American history, women’s history, United States history, queer history, and performance studies. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewJWinters




Tyler D. Parry is Vice President of AAIHS and Senior Editor for Black Perspectives. Dr. Parry is Assistant Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Trained as a historian, he received his BA in 2008 from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and his Ph.D. in 2014 from the University of South Carolina. He is the author of Jumping the Broom: The Surprising Multicultural Origins of a Black Wedding Ritual (University of North Carolina Press, 2020). He also co-edits H-Afro-Am, a premier venue that digitally links scholars who study the African American experience and serves on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Colorism Studies. Parry’s research examines slavery in the Americas and the African diaspora. His writings are published in the Journal of Southern History, American Studies, Journal of Global SlaveryHistory Today, Griot’s Republic, Jacobin.comBlack Perspectives, and various edited collections. He is currently working on several projects including an edited volume with Robert Greene II. Follow him on Twitter @ProfTDParry.