Timothy Mennel

Timothy Mennel

Executive Editor

E-mail: tmennel@uchicago.edu
Subjects: American history; Chicago and its region
Series: American Beginnings, 1500-1900; Chicago Visions and RevisionsHistorical Studies of Urban America


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 Empire; Nancy H. Kwak’s A World of Homeowners; Catherine Gallagher’s Telling It Like It Wasn’t; and Gautham Rao’s National Duties. Recent books with strong regional appeal include the Caxton Club’s Chicago by the Book, David Rapp’s Tinker to Evers to Chance; Dominic Pacyga’s Slaughterhouse; and David A. Varel’s The Lost Black Scholar


I have a special interest in ambitious trade histories and biographies, such as Pamela Bannos’s Vivian Maier; Thomas Milan Konda’s Conspiracies of Conspiracies; Hendrik Meijer’s Arthur Vandenberg; and Julia Mickenberg’s American Girls in Red Russia. Other recent trade titles include Alan Wolfe’s The Politics of Petulance; Dr. David A. Ansell’s The Death Gap; Sam Rosenfeld’s The Polarizers; and Daegan Miller’s This Radical Land.


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. We welcome inquiries from literary agents.
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
This Radical Land: A Natural History of American Dissent
A Natural History of American Dissent
Daegan Miller
Bankers and Empire: How Wall Street Colonized the Caribbean
How Wall Street Colonized the Caribbean
Peter James Hudson


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