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J. Kent Calder

Editorial Director

Editorial Director acquiring in History of the American West, Military History, Political Science, Popular Music, and Regional History

I am proud to serve as editorial director of the nearly 100-year-old University of Oklahoma Press. Throughout my publishing career, I have sought to partner with exceptional authors to help them achieve the largest possible readership for their ideas, primarily by navigating the space between the academy and the broader public. As an acquisitions editor, I seek manuscripts that focus on local and regional topics, especially the history of the American West and Southwest, and that are well researched and place subjects in national and international contexts. I also look for scholarly interpretations and journalistic nonfiction projects in the realms of cultural, political, and military history that offer new insight, enhance understanding, and have the potential to cross over to broad audiences. I firmly believe that acquiring books is all about building relationships over time and establishing a reputation for being resourceful, responsive, and effective, and I am looking for authors who are willing to be flexible in adapting their works for success in the rapidly evolving world of scholarly publishing.

I acquire for the following series:

American Popular Music Series
Before Gold: California under Spain and Mexico
Campaigns and Commanders
Greenwood Cultural Center Series in African Diaspora History and Culture
The Julian J Rothbaum Series
New Directions in Tejano History
Oklahoma Western Biographies
The Popular West
William F. Cody Series on the History and Culture of the American West

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