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Kyle Wagner


I acquire books in religious studies, philosophy, and rhetoric & communication, and I look for imaginative and probing work from both established and first-time authors. I consider good writing an indispensable part of a compelling argument, and so I seek projects that combine engaging prose with original ideas.

The University of Chicago has a distinguished history in the academic study of religion, and the Press’s list in religious studies reflects this tradition. I seek books that will shape the future of this field, with a focus on theory and method, history of religions, and the philosophy of religion. The innovative and critical spirit of the list is clear in several recent titles: Neuromatic by John Lardas Modern, Church State Corporation by Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, The Lives of Objects by Maia Kotrosits, Cultural Disjunctions by Paul Mendes-Flohr, and Metamodernism by Jason Ananda Josephson Storm. I also proudly sponsor the series Buddhism and Modernity, edited by Donald S. Lopez, and the series Class 200: New Studies in Religion, edited by Kathryn Lofton and John Lardas Modern.

Within Chicago’s wide-ranging philosophy list, I have a special interest in philosophy that has an impact on other disciplines, and philosophy for non-philosophers. Recent titles include Philosophy by Other Means by Robert Pippin, Artful Truths by Helena de Bres, The Saint and the Atheist by Joseph Catalano, Two Thumbs Up by Stephanie Ross, and Thought Under Threat by Miguel de Beistegui. I also proudly sponsor The Seminars of Jacques Derrida series, edited by Geoffrey Bennington and Peggy Kamuf, and The Chicago Foucault Project, edited by Arnold Davidson, Henri-Paul Fruchaud, and Daniele Lorenzini.

As the editor of Chicago’s list in rhetoric and communication, I seek wide-ranging and ambitious books on media, technology, and culture. A recent example is The Cosmic Zoom by Zachary Horton.

I began working in the acquisitions department of the Press in 2013. I hold degrees from Boston University and the University of Chicago.

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Kyle Wagner


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