Dylan J. Montanari
I acquire books for the Press’s distinguished lists in anthropology and world history. I am interested in a broad range of works, from general interest titles to innovative specialist works and classroom staples.
Our innovative anthropology list is known for its sharp combination of ethnography and theory. I would especially welcome interdisciplinary books that engage with material culture, media, politics, and science and technology studies. We are delighted to have published, in recent years, authors such as Laurence Ralph, Stefano Bloch, Nayanika Mathur, Ghassan Hage, and Claire Wendland.
In history, I seek to build on Chicago’s long-standing strengths in European and Asian history, the history of ideas, and the history of sexuality. I also encourage new work in world history, large-scale environmental history, ambitious narrative works addressed to general audiences, and biographies. Recent and forthcoming titles include Jennifer Anne Boittin’s book on women and French colonial policing, Robert A. Schneider’s history of resentment as a political emotion, and Sinem Arcak Casale’s account of gift-giving between the Ottoman and Safavid empires. Representative trade books are Toby Green’s A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to the Age of Revolution, Lucy Delap’s Feminisms: A Global History, and Sujit Sivasundaram’s Waves Across the South: A New History of Revolution and Empire.
I also sponsor several series: The Life of Ideas aims to nourish the resurgent field of intellectual history; Silk Roads, supported by the Luce Foundation, seeks to cultivate transregional work ranging from history and religious studies to current events; and Animal Lives explores the shared histories of humans and other animals.
I joined the Press in 2016 after studying at the University of Chicago and Stanford University. I am fortunate to work with Editorial Associate Fabiola Enríquez Flores.