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2010 Press News Archive

Three journals win CELJ awards

Three Johns Hopkins University Press journals received awards from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) on December 28. The CELJ announced its annual winners at the Modern Language Association conference in Philadelphia.

Ralph Cohen, founding editor of New Literary History, received the Distinguished Literary Editor Award. The award honors a journal editor who has retired in the past three years. A longtime faculty member at the University of Virginia, Cohen stepped down as editor in 2009 after 40 years of leading the journal, a major international forum for scholarly exchange.

“Ralph Cohen is the father of criticism and theory in our time,” says W.J.T. Mitchell, editor of the journal Critical Inquiry. University of Virginia colleague Rita Felski has taken over as editor of NLH.

American Quarterly, the official journal of the American Studies Association, received the award for Best Special Issue for the September 2008 issue “Nation and Migration: Past and Future” (Volume 60, Number 3). Editor Curtis Marez says that while the topic may appear more frequently in news headlines in recent years, it is not a new subject of research and interest.

“Migration is not a marginal, episodic, or temporary feature of life in the United States, but rather a central and permanent part of it—and hence a topic of ongoing interest for scholars in and around American studies,” he says.

An honorable mention for Best New Journal went to the Journal of Late Antiquity, edited by Ralph Mathisen from the University of Illinois. The competition included journals founded in 2007 or later. The journal was first published in 2008 and is the first international English-language journal dedicated to the study of Late Antiquity.

“A number of people have worked for several years to make this new journal a reality,” says Mathisen. “The recognition from our peers makes the effort of creating a new venue like JLA worthwhile.”

Lincoln Prize goes to Burlingame

It's official. Michael Burlingame's two-volume Lincoln biography, Abraham Lincoln: A Life, is the winner of the 2010 Lincoln Prize! This prestigious award is sponsored by Gettysburg College and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and will be awarded April 27 at the Union League in New York. Read the full press release from Gettysburg College.

To order your copy of Abraham Lincoln: A Life at a special 25% discount, simply add the book to your cart, proceed to the checkout, and enter NAF in the promo code box.

JHUP names new Manager of Fulfillment Services

Davida Breier was recently appointed Manager of Fulfillment Services at the Johns Hopkins University Press (JHUP), replacing Bill Bishop, who is retiring. Breier comes to Hopkins Fulfillment Services (HFS) from National Book Network (NBN), where she was the Marketing Director and oversaw NBN Fusion, a digital publishing and distribution initiative. Prior to that, she was the Sales and Marketing Director for Biblio Distribution. A published author and photographer, Breier brings a wide variety of publishing experience to her new position with HFS.

Founded in 1977, Hopkins Fulfillment Services provides order processing, collection management, warehousing, and fulfillment for a distinguished and growing list of university presses and nonprofit institutions. HFS currently represents 14 clients, including JHUP, University of Washington Press, University of Pennsylvania Press, Georgetown University Press, Brookings Institution Press, University Press of Kentucky, Catholic University of America Press, and University of Massachusetts Press.

Founded in 1878, JHUP is the oldest university press in the United States and one of the world’s largest, publishing more than 70 scholarly journals and nearly 200 new books each year. The Press is also home to Project MUSE, which provides online access to more than 380 scholarly journals in the social sciences and humanities.

Goldthwaite wins Gordan Book Prize

Richard Goldthwaite's The Economy of Renaissance Florence is the winner of the 2010 Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Book Prize. The Renaissance Society of America gives this $1,000 prize annually to the best book in Renaissance studies.

Called a "stimulating, insightful work" by Renaissance Quarterly and a "persuasive account of early capitalism" by the Economist, The Economy of Renaissance Florence is the product of a lifetime's worth of research by Professor Goldthwaite. Building on his own pioneering work in the field, Goldthwaite's book provides a systematic description of the city's major economic activities and a comprehensive overview of its economic development from the late Middle Ages through the Renaissance to 1600.

This is JHUP's second Gordan Prize. Christopher S. Celenza took the 2005 award for The Lost Italian Renaissance.

Professor Goldthwaite will receive the award at the RSA's annual meeting this April in Venice.

To order your copy of The Economy of Renaissance Florence at a special 25% discount, simply add the book to your cart, proceed to the checkout, and enter NAF in the promo code box.

Conservationist and Scientist John Thorbjarnarson

One of the world's most respected experts on crocodilians, John Thorbjarnarson died on February 14, while teaching a course at the Wildlife Institute, in India. Dr. Thorbjarnarson traveled the world as a tireless advocate for conservation, and it was during one of his many conservation-related trips in early 2010 that he contracted falciparum malaria, which caused his death. He was 52. His forthcoming book (to be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in April 2010) is coauthored with Xiaoming Wang and titled, The Chinese Alligator: Ecology, Behavior, Conservation, and Culture. Dr. Thorbjarnarson was a senior conservation zoologist for the Wildlife Conservation Society during the writing and designing of the book.

For more on Dr. Thorbjarnarson work and life read the New York Times obituary.

Dean Smith named Director, Project MUSE

The Johns Hopkins University Press (JHUP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dean Smith as Director, Project MUSE. Smith took the helm of the Press' flagship electronic scholarly journals publishing program on March 10, 2010. Project MUSE's innovative and collaborative approach to online publishing offers a fair and sustainable model for both libraries and publishers, and Smith will oversee an expansion to include more archival journal content on the MUSE platform and enhanced services to subscribers, content providers, and end users.

"We're delighted to welcome a highly regarded publishing professional like Dean to the Press and Project MUSE," said Kathleen Keane, Director of JHUP. "We expect his thorough understanding of the digital publishing environment and of the challenges faced by scholarly publishers to be great assets in guiding MUSE's future strategic initiatives and in maintaining its strong competitive position as a premier provider of online content in the humanities and social sciences."

Smith comes to JHUP with extensive publishing leadership experience and expertise in digital publishing initiatives, product management, technical direction, global sales and marketing, and strategic development. As Director of Content for the American Society for Training and Development, Smith created a digital publishing strategy for the society's periodical, book, and research publications. During a decade-plus tenure with the American Chemical Society, Smith oversaw dynamic growth in worldwide electronic access to the society's publications, designing innovative pricing models, emphasizing library customer relations, and implementing effective internal management systems. He previously spearheaded electronic publishing efforts for a variety of medical publication products at Chapman & Hall (C&H) and led traditional journal publishing programs at C&H and Springer-Verlag. An accomplished writer and published poet, he holds a BA from the University of Virginia, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.

"I have been observing the progress of Project MUSE since its inception as one of the leading initiatives in electronic scholarly publishing and have been greatly impressed by the expansion of content as well as the platform's enhanced web presence," said Smith. "I am both honored and excited to be joining MUSE and anticipate expanding its leadership position in the online scholarship community."

Project MUSE offers electronic access to over 400 peer-reviewed journal titles from more than 100 university press, society, and independent scholarly publishers. Researchers and students in over 60 countries access full-text, current, and archival content on the MUSE platform through a model that provides fair and reasonable subscription options to institutions and a sustainable digital publishing option for not-for-profit content providers. MUSE pioneered university press electronic journal publishing in the humanities and the social sciences through a collaborative effort with the Johns Hopkins University's Milton S. Eisenhower Library, launching online access to publications from the JHU Press in 1995, and expanding to include titles from other publishers in 2000. For more on Project MUSE, visit

For more information, please contact Melanie Schaffner,

Ayala wins Templeton Prize

Biologist and Press author, Francisco J. Ayala, was named this year's recipient of the Templeton Prize. Dr. Ayala, a former Dominican priest, is the University Professor and Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology and a professor of logic and the philosophy of science at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of more than 30 technical books and hundreds of scientific papers and a recipient of numerous scientific awards, including the 2001 National Medal of Science. His newest book, Am I a Monkey?, will be published by JHUP in October.

The John Templeton Foundation awards the annual prize, worth about $1.5 million, to “a living person who has made exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.”

Read more from the New York Times.

Scraping By takes two book awards

Seth Rockman's Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore received two awards at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians. The book is the cowinner of the OAH's 2010 Merle Curti Award, given to the best book in American social and intellectual history, and the winner of the 2010 Philip Taft Labor History Book Award, offered jointly by the International Labor Relations School at Cornell University and the Working-Class History Association.

Called "a book to be reckoned with" by the American Historical Review, Rockman's account of Baltimore's distinctive economy during the era of Frederick Douglass reassesses the roles of race and region and rewrites the history of class and capitalism in the United States.

This is the second JHUP book to take the Curti Award; Moon-Ho Jung's Coolies and Cane won the prize in 2007. Click here for more information on the Merle Curti Award and here for details about the Taft Award.

The Collectors of Lost Souls wins Welch Medal

The Collectors of Lost Souls: Turning Kuru Scientists into Whitemen, Warwick Anderson's riveting tale of medical detective work in colonial New Guinea, is the winner of the 2010 William H. Welch Medal.

Anderson's book traces the story of kuru, a fatal brain disease found among the Fore people of colonial highland New Guinea in the 1940s and 1950s, and the pioneering scientists who spent decades searching for its cause. Kuru devastated the Fore and brought them to the brink of extinction. Battling competing scientists and the colonial authorities, the brilliant but troubled American doctor D. Carleton Gajdusek determined that the cause of kuru was a new agent of infection, which he called a slow virus (now called prions). Anthropologists and epidemiologists soon realized that the Fore practice of eating their loved ones after death had spread the slow virus. Though the Fore were never convinced, Gajdusek received the Nobel Prize for his discovery.

In relating this story, Anderson does more than recount a tantalizing case study of twentieth-century research. He explains how the previously isolated Fore made contact with the modern world by engaging with its science, he tells us about the complex and baffling interactions among researchers and their subjects on the colonial frontier, and he ultimately reveals the "primitive" foundations of modern science.

This is the second prize for The Collectors of Lost Souls, having received the 2009 General History Award in the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards contest. It is the fifth Welch Medal for JHUP. For more information on the Welch Medal, please visit the American Association for the History of Medicine website.

JHUP books take design honors

Four Johns Hopkins University Press books won honors at recent book design shows in New York and Washington, DC.

At the New York Book Show in March, Dining on the B&O: Recipes and Sidelights from a Bygone Age, by Thomas J. Greco, and Karl D. Spence, took third place among general trade hardcover nonfiction books for its jacket design. The show, put on by the New York Bookbinders’ Guild, receives hundreds of entries each year, many from well-heeled trade publishing houses.

In early June, three other Hopkins titles received awards at the Washington Book Publishers Show. Unspeakable: Father-Daughter Incest in American History, by Lynn Sacco, won first place among large nonprofit publishers for its cover illustration. Honorable mentions went to Theodore Kornweibel, Jr.’s Railroads in the African American Experience: A Photographic Journey, for illustrated text, and Lisa T. Sarasohn’s The Natural Philosophy of Margaret Cavendish: Reason and Fancy during the Scientific Revolution, in the typographic cover category. The Washington Book Publishers Show focuses on regional titles from a variety of university, institutional, technical, and policy publishing houses.

Hopkins Press author joins Obama Administration

On June 22, the United States Senate confirmed Dr. Sherry A. Glied as assistant secretary for planning and evaluation in the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Glied is the coauthor of Better But Not Well: Mental Health Policy in the U.S. since 1950.

In the new position, Dr. Glied will be HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s principal advisor on policy coordination, implementation planning, and the evaluation of HSS programs. Additionally, she will be heavily involved in researching the costs and benefits of HHS programs being considered by the department and by Congress.

“Sherry Glied brings extensive experience in a number of health policy fields, notably health care financing and mental health policy research,” Sebelius said in a statement released after the confirmation. “She is one of the most-respected health policy experts in the country and will play a critical role in policy development at HHS.”

Dr. Glied follows in the footsteps of two other Hopkins authors who have joined the Obama administration, Ezekiel J. Emanuel and Christine Grady. Dr. Emanuel is a special advisor on health policy at the Office of Management and Budget. Dr. Grady is deputy and acting chief in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health.

Better But Not Well, coauthored with Dr. Richard G. Frank, provides an overview and assessment of the full range of issues affecting mental health care in the U.S.

Read the press release at Business Wire.

Shakespeare Quarterly experiments with open review

When Shakespeare Quarterly releases its fall issue, most readers will not notice anything different about the content. However, the essays inside will represent a significant experiment for the well-known journal.

From March 10 to May 5, 2010, the draft articles were made available online in a partially-open review process. The experiment drew plenty of attention, including articles in The Chronicle of Higher Education and The New York Times.

"This was genuinely an experiment," Katherine Rowe, guest editor of the issue, told the Chronicle. "We didn't know what would result."

Seven submissions were posted on a MediaCommons web site for the review process. All seven pieces will appear in the upcoming issue. The experiment is the first time a traditional humanities journal opened its review process online.

"What we're experiencing now is the most important transformation in our reading and writing tools since the invention of movable type," Rowe told the Times. "The way scholarly exchange is moving is radical, and we need to think about what it means for our fields."

SQ editor David Schalkwyk, also the director of research at the Folger Shakespeare Library, told the Chronicle the journal plans to use the online review process again for future special issues.

E-Book Collections Coming to Project MUSE Platform

Project MUSE, a leading provider of humanities and social science periodical content for libraries, is very pleased to announce a new initiative to incorporate scholarly book content into its research platform and product offerings. Beginning next year, e-book collections will be available for purchase alongside MUSE journal collections, with an integrated discovery environment that allows for browsing and searching journal and book content side-by-side.

MUSE, a collaborative project which currently publishes online over 450 journals from more than 100 not-for-profit scholarly presses, will partner with many of the same publishers to offer high quality, peer-reviewed academic books electronically. Project MUSE is managed by the Johns Hopkins University Press, which also operates Hopkins Fulfillment Services (HFS) as a distribution arm for many distinguished university presses. HFS client presses are also among the first group of publishers committed to participating in the new book initiative.

The e-books program, called Project MUSE Editions, has to date signed contracts with the following publishers to include in the new offering books from their upcoming scholarly monograph frontlists: Baylor University Press, Brookings Institution Press, ELT Press, Indiana University Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, Kent State University Press, Penn State University Press, Purdue University Press, and University of Illinois Press. Talks are ongoing with several other MUSE and HFS client publishers, with more participants expected to be announced before the end of this year.

"For fifteen years, MUSE has successfully brought together publishers and libraries to develop a sustainable, innovative model for digital scholarly publishing," explains Dean J. Smith, Director of Project MUSE. "Our future lies in leveraging our trusted relationships with both our library customers and participating presses into new product offerings that recognize the shared challenges faced by both these constituencies. And, our user community will benefit greatly from the integrated research opportunities presented by putting university press book content online alongside MUSE's well-respected journal collections."

Kathleen Keane, Director of The Johns Hopkins University Press and immediate past president of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP), comments, "The economic challenges facing academic libraries and university press book publishers are well known. We think that a well-planned initiative like Project MUSE Editions, which has been developed with advice from many creative colleagues and customers, has the opportunity both to distribute academic titles more widely and to test a new business model."

Read the full announcement here:

Denis Dutton, founder of the journal Philosophy and Literature, dies at 66

Denis Dutton, founder and editor of the journal Philosophy and Literature, died in New Zealand from cancer on Tuesday, Dec. 28 at the age of 66. Dutton was serving as professor of philosophy at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand at the time of his death. The university had honored the Los Angeles—born academic with the prestigious Canterbury University research medal at commencement exercises less than two weeks before his death.

While working at the University of Michigan in 1977, Dutton founded Philosophy and Literature. The journal continues to be published semiannually by The Johns Hopkins University Press with Bard College’s Gary Hagberg serving as co-editor. Dutton wrote regularly for the journal until 2004.
Dutton also founded the acclaimed website Arts & Letters Daily, which he later sold to The Chronicle of Higher Education, but continued to edit. He was a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara and had taught in New Zealand since 1984.

Read an obituary from the Los Angeles Times.

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W. Lee Rawls, author of In Praise of Deadlock, dies at 66

W. Lee Rawls, the widely respected author of In Praise of Deadlock: How Partisan Struggle Makes Better Laws, died on December 5 at the age of 66. His book, published by the JHU Press and the Woodrow Wilson Center Press in 2009, has been praised for its “fresh, contrarian approach” to explaining often controversial legislative tools such as budget reconciliations, filibusters, and supermajorities. All, he argued, are central to Congressional balance of power.

Mr. Rawls worked on Capitol Hill for more than 30 years as a government official, lobbyist, and lawyer. Until 2009, he was the chief of staff and senior counsel to FBI Director Robert Mueller. He also had served as assistant attorney general for legislative affairs under President George H.W. Bush and, from 2003 to 2005, as chief of staff to then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.). He wrote In Praise of Deadlock during a four-month stint as a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington.

Read the Washington Post’s obituary of Mr. Rawls.

Physics Nobel Prize winner and JHUP author passed away

Dr. Georges Charpak, French physicist and Nobel Prize winner, died on September 29, in Paris at age 86.

Dr. Charpak worked for CERN, European Organization for Nuclear Research, for 32 years. His work included the 1968 invention of the multiwire proportional tracking chamber for which he won the Nobel Prize in 1992.

Dr. Charpak cowrote Debunked! ESP, Telekinesis, and Other Pseudoscience with Henri Broch, published in 2004.

Read a full obituary in the New York Times.

Professor Margaret J. Osler, historian of science and philosophy and Hopkins author, passed away

Margaret J. Osler, a historian of science and philosophy at the University of Calgary, passed away on September 15, 2010. She died of pancreatic cancer.

Professor Osler was an active and well-regarded scholar whose work focused on 17th-century science and the scientific revolution. She taught at the University of Calgary for over 35 years.

A widely published author of journal articles and book chapters, Professor Osler edited four books and authored two. Her most recent, Reconfiguring the World: Nature, God, and Human Understanding from the Middle Ages to Early Modern Europe was published earlier this month.