CHICAGO (April 9, 2012)—After a nationwide search, the University of Chicago Press is pleased to announce that Michael Magoulias will join the Press as Director of the Journals Division. A 22-year publishing veteran, Magoulias was most recently Publishing Director for The Lancet journal portfolio. He will take his post overseeing all functions of the Journals Division in late April.
“Michael has exactly the skills and experience we need to maintain the highest standard of quality in our journals roster, and to increase the reach and impact of the vital scholarship we publish,” said Garrett Kiely, Director of the University of Chicago Press. “The ground is constantly shifting in the world of journals publishing, and Michael is the kind of proven leader and innovator we were looking for to carry the division forward.”
Before his work at The Lancet, Magoulias was Vice-President for Sales and Business Development at Elsevier’s FDC Reports division. His career also includes positions at Gale/Cengage, where he was a series editor for electronic editions of Shakespeare, Chadwyck-Healey in the U.K., and Britannica.com. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Oxford University.
“I am honored to be part of an organization with such a rich history of publishing the finest scholarship,” Magoulias said. “I look forward to working with the staff at the Press to continue to disseminate important and impactful scholarship all over the world.”
Journals publishing at the University of Chicago Press began with the founding of the Press in 1891 and its first scholarly periodical, the Journal of Political Economy. The division quickly expanded to publish several journals that were the first publications to serve their respective fields, including the American Journal of Sociology. Today, the Press publishes 54 respected journals and annuals, including recent additions such as The China Journal, American Political Thought, and the Journal of Law and Courts.
Magoulias succeeds Everett Conner, who worked at the Press for 26 years and had led the Journals Division since 2008, before stepping down earlier this year.