T. David Brent
I actively acquire new manuscripts and copublications in a broad spectrum of the humanities and social sciences including cultural anthropology, African Studies, comparative religion, and philosophy (mostly of the Continental persuasion). Translations into English from foreign languages, especially French and German, comprise a significant portion of my list. I joined the Press in 1974 as a “first reader” of manuscripts being considered by the editors in all fields. I became a full fledged acquisitions editor for philosophy, anthropology (including paleoanthropology), and psychology, in 1976 after I completed my doctoral dissertation in philosophy, which was directed by Paul Ricoeur at the University of Chicago. Recent highlights from my acquisitions program include Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture; Death Penalty, Volume I; Beyond Nature and Culture; Witchcraft, Intimacy, and Trust: Africa in Comparison; Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal; The Cooking of History: How Not to Study Afro-Cuban Religion; Nostalgia for the Future:West Africa after the Cold War; and The Idea of Hegel's "Science of Logic".
I am assisted by Priya Nelson, who acquires complementary books in anthropology and Asian Studies.