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Demystifying Book Publishing for First-Gen Scholars
Join us for a panel with first-gen authors on their publishing experiences, followed by a presentation and Q&A with UC Press editors about common publishing topics, such as choosing the right publisher; preparing a book proposal; how the peer review and Editorial Committee process works; revising your manuscript; and working with publishers to promote your book. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions. A recording will be made available after the event.

Sponsored by: UC Press and the UC Collaborative of Humanities Centers and Institutes

Learn more about the UC Press FirstGen Program: https://www.ucpress.edu/resources/firstgen-program

Jan 21, 2022 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Anita Casavantes Bradford
Professor in Chicano/Latino Studies @University of California, Irvine
Dr. Anita Casavantes Bradford holds a Ph.D. in U.S. and Latino/Latin American History and is a professor in Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California Irvine. Her areas of expertise include Transnational and Comparative Latina/o History, Cuban and Cuban-American History, the History of Immigration, Race, and Childhood. She helped launch the UC First-Gen Initiative at UCI and more broadly. In her first book, Bradford investigated the politics of childhood in the transnational Cuban and Cuban-American community, entitled The Revolution is For the Children: The Politics of Childhood in Havana and Miami, 1959-1962, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2014. She has a forthcoming book entitled Suffer the Little Children: Unaccompanied Child Migrants and the Geopolitics of Compassion in Postwar America, which comes in May 2022 with the University of North Carolina Press.
Mohamed Abumaye
Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology @California State University San Marcos
Mohamed Abumaye is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at California State University San Marcos. His work is at the intersections of Black Studies, Carceral Studies and Critical Refugee Studies. Mohamed’s research highlights Somali refugee resistance to police violence in San Diego and U.S. militarism in Somalia as transnational resistance to carceral militarism. He works with Black Lives Matter activist in San Diego on the issue of police abolition. His forthoming book titled The Black Muslim Refugee: Militarism, Policing and Somali Refugee Resistance to Police Violence encapsulates the militarization of the police and Black resistance to state violence. This book brings together the fields of Black Studies, Critical Refugee Studies and Carceral Studies to enumerate the relationship between the domestic War on Drugs and the resulting violence on Black communities with the global violence inflicted on Muslim communities due to the War on Terror.
Ma Vang
Associate Professor of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies @University of California, Merced
Ma Vang is an Associate Professor of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Merced. Her book, History on the Run: Secrecy, Fugitivity, and Hmong Refugee Epistemologies (Duke University Press, 2021), examines how secrecy structures both official knowledge and refugee epistemologies about militarism and forced migration. She is the co- editor of Claiming Place: On the Agency of Hmong Women (University of Minnesota Press, 2016), and her writings have been published in positions: asia critique MELUS, and Critical Ethnic Studies Journal. Vang has received several awards to support her research, most recently, the UC Multicampus Research collaborative grant and the Whiting Foundation Public Engagement grant.
Long Bui (Moderator)
Associate Professor, Global & International Studies @UC Irvine
Long T. Bui is Associate Professor in the Global & International Studies Department at the University of California, Irvine, where he serves as the director of the First Generation Faculty Initiative. He is the author of Returns of War: South Vietnam and the Price of Refugee Memory (NYU Press).
Raina Polivka
Music, Film, Media Studies Editor @UC Press
Raina acquired titles at Indiana University Press in music, film and media, and Russian and Eastern European studies, bringing a wealth of subject knowledge to UC Press in 2015. In addition to expanding the celebrated music and film lists, Raina has launched several new series: California Studies in Music, Sound, and Media; Feminist Media Studies; and Hip Hop Studies; and Phono: Black Music and the Global Imagination. Recent film and media titles from her list include Martial Law Melodrama: Lino Brocka’s Cinema Politics; Sporting Blackness: Race, Embodiment, and Critical Muscle Memory on Screen; and The Stuff of Spectatorship: Material Cultures of Film and Television. Recent music titles include Beethoven, A Life; Hearing Luxe Pop: Glorification, Glamour, and the Middlebrow in American Popular Music; and The Fifth Element: Hip Hop Knowledge and Social Justice in the Classroom and Beyond.
Archna Patel
Art History Editor @UC Press
Archna Patel joined UC Press in 2018, and manages the press’s distinguished art history list. Prior to joining the press, Archna worked at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and at numerous art galleries and institutions in Los Angeles. She earned a BA in history and art history from UCLA. Archna is excited to cultivate scholarly books that critically amplify the practices of overlooked artists and communities, and publish ambitious general interest books that better enable us to understand the place of visual culture in the world.
Kate Marshall
Anthropology, Food Studies,Latin American Studies Editor @UC Press
Kate joined UC Press in 2008 and manages our award-winning anthropology, food studies, and Latin American studies lists. Most of Kate's authors are cultural anthropologists, food writers, or Latin American historians, but she welcomes submissions from any author in her three areas of acquisition. Highlights from her list include Let's Ask Marion by Marion Nestle with Kerry Trueman, A Brief History of Fascist Lies by Federico Finchelstein, The Labor of Lunch by Jennifer Gaddis, The Land of Open Graves by Jason De León, and A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things by Raj Patel and Jason Moore. Across lists, Kate is motivated to publish scholarly and general interest books that offer original perspectives on big ideas or books that confront inequality and injustice in our world.
Niels Hooper
History, American Studies, Middle East Studies Editor @UC Press
Niels came to UC Press in 2004 from his position as General Manager of Verso Books in New York. Driven by a strong awareness of histories of social injustice and a desire to learn from historic struggles to overcome them, Niels has cultivated a list that interrogates power and questions received opinion to explore past possibilities for a more just society. Some highlights from his program include Rebecca Solnit's atlas trilogy of Infinite City, Unfathomable City, and Nonstop Metropolis, Grace Lee Boggs' The Next American Revolution, Peter Linebaugh's Magna Carta Manifesto, Joshua Bloom and Waldo Martin's Black Against Empire, Laura Briggs' Taking Children, Nikhil Pal Singh's Race and America's Long War, Salim Tamari's The Great War and the Remaking of Palestine, and Martin Duberman's Has the Gay Movement Failed? Niels also started UC Press's American Studies Now series which includes Barbara Ransby's Making All Black Lives Matter and Lisa Duggan's Mean Girl.