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The Making of an Academic Book


Feb 12 2016


3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

The Making of an Academic Book

The Making of an Academic Book

A Discussion with Julia Gaffield and Elaine Maisner

Join us for a discussion with historian Julia Gaffield and University of North Carolina Press editor Elaine Maisner on the process of developing and publishing a successful academic book. Gaffield recently received her Ph.D. in History from Duke University, and turned her dissertation into Haitian Connections in the Atlantic World, published in 2015 by the University of North Carolina Press. Gaffield and her editor, Elaine Maisner, will share their experience of the process and of how they were able to balance various goals, including producing a work that spoke to an academic audience while also reaching out to a broader readership, and reflect more broadly on concepts and processes involved in writing and publishing successful scholarly work. Maisner will also provide advice about how to approach getting published at a university press.


Julia Gaffield

Georgia State University

Julia Gaffield is a historian of the early-modern Atlantic World. She completed her Ph.D. in the Department of History at Duke University in 2012. Her research focuses on the early independence period in Haiti and seeks to understand the connections between Haiti and other Atlantic colonies, countries, and empires in…...

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Elaine Maisner

University of North Carolina Press

Elaine Maisner, senior executive editor at UNC Press, has worked in scholarly book publishing since 1985, including editorial positions at Yale University Press and the University of Tokyo Press. At UNC Press since 1992, she acquires books in the areas of religious studies, Latin American and Caribbean studies, and regional…...

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