Alison Mudditt became Director of University of California Press in January 2011. Throughout its 100-year history UC Press has consistently nurtured and brought breakthrough scholarly voices and study into critical and emerging academic disciplines. With an uncompromising commitment to a set of core values rooted in the University of California’s inclusive public mission and commitment to academic excellence, Alison has reshaped the Press’s strategy and structure to enable it to meet the needs of its diverse audiences in the digital age. She has helped the Press to work in new ways that respond to changes in publishing while continuing to shape progressive discourse and to tap the power of technology to deliver work the way it can best be accessed and used by our diverse audiences.
Previously Alison was Executive Vice President at SAGE Publications, Inc., where she led the SAGE's publishing programs across books, journals and digital during a period of tremendous growth at SAGE, including the acquisition of CQ Press and new publishing partnerships with major scholarly organizations such as the Association for Psychological Science and the American Sociological Association.
Alison has twenty-five years experience in academic publishing which began at Blackwell in Oxford, UK, where she rose to become Publisher for the Humanities Division. In 1997, Alison moved to Taylor & Francis Inc. in Philadelphia as Publishing Director of the Behavioral Sciences Division. She was responsible for the global growth and consolidation of this division, as well as the successful launch of Psychology Press in the USA. Alison joined SAGE in 2001 as Vice President and Editorial Director, and was appointed Executive Vice President in 2004.
Alison is a regular speaker at industry meetings and is currently a member of the Scientific Publications Committee and the Open Science Committee of the American Heart Association. She has also served on the boards of Women in Publishing, the Society of Young Publishers, the Executive Council of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the American Association of Publishers, and was Co-chair of the Dean’s Leadership Council at California State University, Channel Islands.