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Dissertation to Book: A Conversation with Two Editors

How should a scholar think about subject, tone, length, and audience in revising their dissertation into a first book? What are the most important elements of a book proposal, and how should new authors approach editors? How are second books different? In an interview-style format, executive editors from two distinguished university presses will offer advice about the process, challenges, and possibilities of writing and publishing scholarly books. Reception follows at 5:00 pm. Free and open to the public.

Panelists in the Dissertation into Book discussion March 28, 2024


  • Gita Manaktala, Executive Editor at Large, MIT Press
  • Ken Wissoker, Senior Executive Editor at Duke University Press and Director, Intellectual Publics, The Graduate Center at CUNY
  • Moderator: Christine Folch, Bacca Foundation Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University

Hosted by the Publishing Humanities Initiative, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute.
Co-sponsored by The Graduate School, Faculty Advancement, and the Faculty Write program. This event is part of the Academic Job Search Series.


Academic Job Search Series, Communication, Professional Development, Professionalism and Scholarly Integrity