Timothy Mennel

Timothy Mennel

Executive Editor

E-mail: tmennel@uchicago.edu
Subjects: American history; Chicago and its region; cartography and geography
Series: American Beginnings, 1500-1900; Chicago Visions and RevisionsHistorical Studies of Urban AmericaThe Kenneth Nebenzahl Jr. Lectures in the History of Cartography


The Press has particular strengths in political, urban, intellectual, and cultural history, embodied recently by Nan Enstad’s Cigarettes, Inc.Peter James Hudson’s Bankers and EmpireEmma Hart’s Trading SpacesNicholas Dagen Bloom’s How States Shaped Postwar America; and Colin Gordon’s Citizen Brown. Recent books with strong regional appeal include the Caxton Club’s Chicago by the BookDavid Rapp’s Tinker to Evers to ChanceDominic Pacyga’s American Warsaw; and Ann Durkin Keating’s The World of Juliette Kinzie


I have a special interest in ambitious trade histories and biographies, such as Pamela Bannos’s Vivian MaierLawrence Cappello’s None of Your Damn BusinessHendrik Meijer’s Arthur Vandenberg; and Erik S. Gellman’s Troublemakers. Other recent trade titles include Alan Wolfe’s The Politics of PetulanceDr. David A. Ansell’s The Death GapMatthew L. Schuerman’s Newcomers; and Carlo Rotella’s The World is Always Coming to an End.


Before joining the Press in 2013, I held positions at Random House Adult Trade, Artforum/Bookforum, Princeton University Press, and the American Planning Association. I have been a consultant to the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Queens Museum, and other institutions. I hold a BA from Carleton College and a PhD in geography from the University of Minnesota.


I am fortunate to have the help of editorial associate Susannah Engstrom, who also handles our titles in geography and cartography; please contact her directly with queries in those fields.

Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife
A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife
Pamela Bannos
Cigarettes, Inc.: An Intimate History of Corporate Imperialism
An Intimate History of Corporate Imperialism
Nan Enstad
Crap: A History of Cheap Stuff in America
A History of Cheap Stuff in America
Wendy A. Woloson
A Drop of Treason: Philip Agee and His Exposure of the CIA
Philip Agee and His Exposure of the CIA
Jonathan Stevenson


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