In this Q&A with Senior Editor Maura Roessner, we learn about what brought her to publishing and her plans for Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Law and Society.
Why did you become an acquisitions editor?
It’s the perfect mix of intellectual, creative, and personal work. Back in college I worked at both the library and the university press, so I was clearly destined for one book direction or another. I did everything at that press from writing catalog copy to driving the forklift in the warehouse, but for me, there’s nothing more satisfying than working directly with authors to turn a good idea into a great product.
What projects are you working on now to develop the Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Law and Society list at UC Press?
I’ve been at UC Press for five years, developing projects not only for scholars but also for students, general readers, and practitioners. So, we have an impressive catalog of recent publications from a terrific lineup of authors:
- Books of interest for our general readers—such as Solitary from Terry Kupers on solitary confinement, Blind Injustice by Mark Godsey on wrongful convictions, and Miller’s Children by James Garbarino (also author of Listening to Killers) on young killers and rehabilitation.
- Core textbooks for courses on green criminology (by Michael J. Lynch, Michael Long, Paul Stretesky, and Kimberly Barrett), law & society (by Riaz Tejani), and race and crime (by Elizabeth Brown and George Barganier).
- Innovative scholarship such as Drift by Jeff Ferrell on drift, disorder, and ghost ethnography; Miriam Boeri on Baby Boomer drug users in Hurt; and Nikki Jones on race, violence, and redemption in The Chosen Ones.
You’re developing new textbooks and course books. Why is new content intended for use in courses important to you?
I believe that the pursuit of justice begins in the classroom. If students learn to think critically about our systems of law and justice, they gain the tools they need to act as catalysts for change when they go on to work for, against, or near the criminal justice system.
Interested in publishing your work with Maura and UC Press? Contact Maura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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