We are pleased to announce that Amy Sherman is stepping into the role of acquisitions editor at the University of Pittsburgh Press.
Amy has 15 years of publishing and editorial experience, including over a decade at the Press, where she started as an editorial assistant in acquisitions before advancing to her most recent role as managing editor in 2018.
Her contributions to the Press and the scholarly publishing community are immense. As managing editor, she has worked closely with authors on a range of books across our lists, often earning praise for her expertise and professionalism. While serving on the AUPresses Professional Development Committee, she helped launch its Mentorship Program, which connects those new to the profession to mid- and senior-level colleagues.
Amy has been the recipient of an AUPresses/Mellon Foundation Residency Grant, has presented on virtual panels for AUPresses and the George Washington University Publishing Program Ethics in Publishing Conference, and is a member of the AUPresses/Society for Scholarly Publishing Joint Task Force for Career Progression.
She is also a mentor for Paths in Publishing, a program geared toward early career applicants in scholarly publishing, and collaborated with them to create the PAGES Book Club for publishing professionals. Before joining the Press, Amy earned her master’s in English at the University of Kansas and worked as an editorial assistant at the University Press of Kansas.
“I have long admired Amy’s work ethic and commitment to excellence in publishing,” said Editorial Director Abby Collier. “Her extensive knowledge of the Press’s editorial programs and outstanding reputation in the industry will serve her well in this new role.”
Amy’s acquiring efforts will expand the Press’s longstanding environmental history list as we work to understand a world increasingly affected by climate change, pollution, and biodiversity collapse and imagine a way forward. She will also focus on food studies, considering its deep entanglements with environmental studies and urban studies, as well as books of regional interest.
Director Peter Kracht said, “Amy will play a key role in expanding, widening, and deepening our offerings in these important subject areas. This marks an influential moment in our development as a press.”
Amy brings a level of expertise and enthusiasm that will make a significant contribution to the Press’s long-term publishing goals.
“I’m thrilled to be moving into this new role and helping to expand the Press’s publishing program in environmental and food studies, subjects addressing some of the most pressing issues of our time,” Amy said. “I’m also looking forward to helping the Press strengthen its ties to the community by building on our history of publishing books about the region.”
Amy can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.