Kyle Wagner

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Associate Editor

Subjects: Religious Studies, philosophy, rhetoric & communication
Series: Buddhism and Modernity, Religion and Postmodernism, Class 200: New Studies in ReligionThe Seminars of Jacques DerridaThe Chicago Foucault Project.


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: Abiding Grace by Mark C. Taylor, Consuming Religion by Kathryn Lofton, Hyecho’s Journey by Donald S. Lopez Jr., The Story of Radio Mind by Pamela Klassen, and Apples and Oranges by Bruce Lincoln. 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 Jean-François Kervégan’s The Actual and the Rational: Hegel and Objective Spirit, Eugene Garver’s Spinoza and the Cunning of Imagination, Alphonso Lingis’s Irrevocable: A Philosophy of Mortality, John T. Lysaker’s Philosophy, Writing, and the Character of Thought, and Robert B. Pippin’s Hegel’s Realm of Shadows.


As the editor of Chicago’s list in rhetoric and communication, I seek wide-ranging and ambitious books on media, technology, and culture. A model of this type of work is The Marvelous Clouds by John Durham Peters.

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

My close collaborator in all of these endeavors is Dylan Montanari, Editorial Associate. 


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