William Masami Hammell

I acquire books in Asian studies and Africana studies that appeal to diverse readerships across the social sciences and humanities. I also invite proposals featuring diasporic communities and transnational networks centered on Asia and/or Africa. I especially welcome projects that seek to bridge “area studies” and “ethnic studies” approaches—for example, work that dismantles divisions and stimulates synergies between African studies and African American studies.

I have served in a range of editorial roles over the last twenty years, including stints at Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Temple University Press, the Harvard University Asia Center, and Cambridge University Press. Most recently, I held a senior editorial position at an academic medical center affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

I was born in Tokyo and educated in Japan and the United States. I completed my BSc in languages with a double major in Chinese and Japanese at Georgetown University, then earned my MA in Japanese literature from Yale University. I work remotely from Boston with support from my longtime editorial intern (who is a toy poodle).