Sandy Crooms

I am the editorial director of the press and oversee the acquisitions department. I have wide-ranging experience in book publishing: first coming up through the ranks in marketing departments at academic and trade publishing houses in Orlando and Boston and later moving into acquisitions at three university presses (consecutively, Nevada, Colorado, and Ohio State) before joining the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2013. I’m a third generation Floridian and went to the University of Florida for a degree in journalism.

My areas of acquisition are environmental studies, urban history, and African American history. I also acquire regional titles that inform and celebrate the history and natural beauty of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania. One such book is Butterflies of Pennsylvania: A Field Guide, which was chosen as the winner of the 2017 National Outdoor Book Award in the nature guidebook category.

In looking for new book projects I’m drawn to those that connect two or more scholarly disciplines. I started the series Intersections: Histories of the Environment, Science, and Technology to achieve that objective. I welcome first-time authors, edited collections, and single-author monographs.


History of the Urban Environment

Intersections: Histories of Science, Environment, and Technology