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Chad Zimmerman

Executive Editor

The University of Chicago Press has a long history of publishing books that inform economic and social thought. Early examples include the works of Milton Friedman, F.A. Hayek, and Gary Becker; the tradition has continued with works that illuminate and interrogate how economics and public policies shape our social and political worlds. 

I publish books for scholarly and general audiences in the areas of economics, public policy, and business. In addition to working at a superlatively good publisher, my comparative advantage as an editor is that I enjoy (and occasionally succeed at) shaping a project to its audience—distilling an argument, honing a pitch, and then planning and executing the writing. This can be the most miserable part of writing a book, but it’s also the most rewarding. 

Along with my commissioning work, I am fortunate to partner with the National Bureau of Economic Research on its two book series, both of which synthesize economic research in emerging subject spaces to stimulate further study and advance the field. Through its collaboration with NBER, Chicago has been fortunate to publish many of the most recognizable names in economics.  

I have been an executive editor at Chicago since 2019; previously I was a senior editor at Oxford University Press. A selection of my publishing at Chicago is included below. 

My colleague Erika Barrios, editorial associate, works with me on all facets of our publishing list. We welcome inquiries about prospective books for scholarly or general audiences—or just to talk about the kernel of an idea that might turn into something bigger. If you have a dog, feel free to mention that in your email. 

Prospective authors are encouraged to consult our submission guidelines. We also provide an overview about publishing with Chicago here.

Chad Zimmerman


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