Mary Al-Sayed

Mary Al-Sayed

Editor

E-mail: maryalsayed@uchicago.edu

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Subjects: Anthropology; history (World history; history of Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America)
Series: The Life of IdeasSilk RoadsAnimal Lives

 

 

I acquire books for the Press’s distinguished lists in anthropology and history. Our anthropology list encompasses a broad range of works, from general interest titles to classroom classics. We especially encourage interdisciplinary interventions that engage science and technology studies, media studies, and material studies, as well as works on ethnographic theory and methods. Recent and forthcoming books in anthropology include Laurence Ralph’s The Torture Letters, Claude Lévi-Strauss’s Wild Thought: A New Translation of “La Pensée sauvage,” Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf’s Darfur Allegory, and Michael Taussig’s Mastery of Non-Mastery in the Age of Meltdown.

 

In history, I am cultivating Chicago’s long-standing strengths in European history, Asian history, the history of ideas, and the history of sexuality, while encouraging new work in world history and ambitious narrative histories for general audiences. I coordinate closely with Chicago’s other history editors: Timothy Mennel (American history), Karen Darling (history of science), and Susan Bielstein (ancient history). Representative trade books on my history list 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 forthcoming Waves Across the South: A New History of Revolution and Empire. Other recent and forthcoming highlights are Dan Edelstein’s On the Spirit of Rights, Anita Kurimay’s Queer Budapest, 1873-1961, and Dipesh Chakrabarty’s The Climate of History in a Planetary Age.

 

I am the proud sponsor of three series at Chicago. The Life of Ideas aims to nourish the resurgent field of intellectual history. The Silk Roads series, supported in part by the Luce Foundation, aims to cultivate transregional work in diverse fields, from history and religious studies to current events. Animal Lives is a multidisciplinary series exploring the shared histories and experiences of humans and other animals. 

 

I joined the Press in 2020, having worked previously as an acquisitions editor at Bloomsbury and Palgrave Macmillan. I am fortunate to collaborate with Editorial Associate Tristan Bates.

The Torture Letters: Reckoning with Police Violence
Reckoning with Police Violence
Laurence Ralph
Wild Thought: A New Translation of “La Pensée sauvage”
A New Translation of “La Pensée sauvage”
Claude Lévi-Strauss
Feminisms: A Global History
A Global History
Lucy Delap
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