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Eric Zinner
Assistant Director & Editor-in-Chief
American Studies, Culture/Literature/Media, and American Cultural History
eric.zinner (@nyu.edu)



Eric Zinner publishes scholarship in American studies, cultural studies, literary criticism, media studies, communication, and American cultural history.

His books have won multiple National Jewish Book Awards (2009 in Jewish Studies; 2009 finalist in Jewish Studies; 2006 in Modern Jewish Thought), the American Book Award, two Katherine Singer Kovács Book Awards (highest prize in cinema and media studies) (i ; ii ), the Alan Merriam Prize (highest prize in ethnomusicology), the best first book prizes of the Modern Language Association and the American Studies Association (i ; ii ), the Saul Viener Prize (best work American Jewish history), and the Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Studies, along with numerous additional prizes.

He is the press editor for the following series:
America and the Long 19th Century
American History and Culture
Children and Youth in America
Critical Cultural Communication
Cultural Front
The Goldstein-Goren Series in American Jewish History
Nation of Nations
Postmillenial Pop
Sexual Cultures

You can read an interview with him at The Minnesota Review.


Ilene Kalish
Executive Editor
Sociology, Criminology, Politics and Women's Studies
ilene.kalish (@nyu.edu)




Ilene Kalish acquires books in the areas of sociology, criminology, politics, and women’s studies. With over fifteen years of experience in academic publishing, she has published books for the general reader as well as for the scholarly and professional reader. The books on her list are generally focused on issues of social justice, inequality, and current events.

Her books have won over twenty-five academic awards, including the American Society of Criminology Michael J. Hindelang Award for the Most Outstanding Contribution to Research in Criminology (the discipline’s highest honor); the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award from the American Sociological Association’s Race, Gender, & Class Section, the Sex & Gender Section, and the Sociology of Sexualities Section (i ; ii); the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ Outstanding Book Award; the Association for Jewish Studies Jordan Schnitzer Book Award; the American Anthropological Association’s Ruth Benedict Award; the North American Society for the Study of Sport’s Best Book Award; and the Distinguished Book Award from the American Psychological Association’s 44th Division (the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues).

Before coming to NYU Press, she was an editor at Routledge and Prentice Hall. She received a Bachelor’s of Arts in English Textual Studies and in Policy Studies from Syracuse University as well as a Masters of Arts in English from Syracuse University.

She is the press editor for the following series:
Alternative Criminology
Biopolitics: Medicine, Technoscience, and Health in the Twenty-First Century
Gender and Political Violence
Intersections: Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Genders and Sexualities
New Perspectives in Crime, Deviance and Law
Possible Futures (A Co-publication with the Social Science Research Council)

You can meet Ilene at these conferences: American Sociological Association, American Society for Criminology, American Political Science Association, National Women’s Studies Association, Eastern Sociological Society.



Jennifer Hammer
Senior Editor
Religion, Psychology and Anthropology
jennifer.hammer (@nyu.edu)



Jennifer Hammer, NYU Press's Religion, Anthropology, and Psychology editor, joined New York University Press in 1992 as an intern directly out of college. She became assistant to the director, then editorial assistant, and has continued her trajectory within the acquisitions editorial department over the past two decades. She is now Senior Editor. Her BA is from Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) in Philosophy (Phi Beta Kappa). While working at the Press she earned her Master’s in gender studies and feminist theory at The New School for Social Research.

Within religious studies, Jennifer is most interested in projects relating to religion in American culture, history, and politics, as well as the sociology of religion. Jennifer is especially excited about works on Catholicism, particularly within the U.S. Also core to the publishing program are works relating to immigration, race, and ethnicity, Jewish studies, secular studies, and American Protestantism.

Anthropology at NYU Press centers on medical anthropology, anthropology and the environment/environmental justice, immigration and race/ethnic issues, and the anthropology of religion. The anthropology publishing program tends to emphasize works with a U.S. focus or component.

The publishing program in psychology focuses on psychology at the intersection of crime, law, and the justice system.

Jennifer is the press editor for the following series:
Religion, Race, and Ethnicity
Religion and Social Transformation
North American Religions
Modern and Contemporary Catholicism
Social Transformations in American Anthropology
The Psychology and Crime Series
Qualitative Studies in Psychology

You can meet Jennifer at these conferences: American Academy of Religion, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Association for Jewish Studies, American Psychology-Law Society, American Anthropological Association.


Clara Platter
History, Law
clara.platter (@nyu.edu)



Clara acquires in history with a special focus on race, gender, and sexuality in the United States and with a new emphasis on early American history. She also acquires in law where her focus is constitutional, criminal and immigration law as well as law and society and legal history. Clara evaluates submissions in a variety of disciplines and commission projects directly from scholars.

She is press editor for the following series:
The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute Series on Race and Justice

Citizenship and Migration in the Americas
Culture, Labor, History
Early American Places
Families, Law, and Society
Warfare and Culture

You can meet Clara at these conferences: American Historical Association, Association of American Law Schools, Law and Society Association, Organization of American Historians, Society for Military History, Southern Historical Association.

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