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Susannah Engstrom

Assistant Editor

I acquire books in geography and cartography. Our cartography books ask important questions about the nature of maps and their historical and cultural contexts. Our list includes highly illustrated trade books such as Susan Schulten, A History of America in 100 Maps; specialist works that boldly intervene in their fields, such as Kären Wigen and Caroline Winterer, eds., Time in Maps: From the Age of Discovery to Our Digital Era; and the authoritative History of Cartography series. Other recent titles include Mirela Altic, Encounters in the New World: Jesuit Cartography of the Americas and Kathleen A. Brosnan & James R. Akerman, eds., Mapping Nature Across the Americas. These books speak to an active scholarly community and general readership that is keenly interested in the significance of maps and mapping practices.

We publish across numerous fields of human geography, including in political, social, environmental, and urban areas. I encourage projects that pose questions relevant to contemporary problems and that offer a strong writerly voice. The geography list often overlaps with work we publish in other disciplines, including in anthropology, the history of science, and urban history. Recent titles on the list that demonstrate these qualities include Penny Sinanoglou, Partitioning Palestine: British Policymaking at the End of Empire and Veronica della Dora, The Mantle of the Earth: Genealogies of a Geographical Metaphor.

I began at the Press as an editorial associate in 2017, and hold a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in United States history from the University of Chicago. Prior to graduate school I worked in theater administration and remain fond of performing arts of all kinds.

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Susannah Engstrom


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