Debbie Gershenowitz, Executive Editor
I’m interested in acquiring and editing books on United States history aimed toward a broad range of audiences, including general, student, and scholarly readers. Regardless of what format a book may take – trade, coursebook, or research title – I seek work that accessibly links the nation’s past to its present, drawing on a creative and interrogative use of original sources to tell a lively story. While sweeping in periodization, from the precolonial era to the present, my interests tend to steer toward history from the bottom-up, focusing on the voices and experiences of non-elite people and institutions. My areas of particular interest include African American history; the history of slavery, abolition, and freedom; histories of gender, women, and sexualities; histories of U.S. foreign relations and America and the World; military history; Latinx history; and legal history.
I received a B.A. from Clark University and an M.A. in United States history from Indiana University, where I worked on the American Historical Review. I worked at Charles Scribner’s Sons, Palgrave Macmillan, New York University Press, and Cambridge University Press before joining UNC Press in 2019.
- David J. Weber Series in the New Borderlands History (Andrew R. Graybill and Benjamin H. Johnson, editors)
- John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture (Waldo E. Martin Jr. and Patricia Sullivan, editors)
- New Cold War History (Odd Arne Westad, editor)