Joy de Menil
Director of Belknap Publishing
I am eager to publish scholars at the top of their fields who want to communicate their knowledge to a broad readership, and young and original thinkers with a strong voice on the page. I am particularly interested in history and science (especially psychology). I work closely with my authors to structure and shape the final manuscript and guide them through every aspect of publication. I work closely with my authors to ensure that their books and ideas get maximal coverage at the point of publication. I have recently published a study of bystanders and upstanders by social psychologist Catherine Sanderson, a gripping narrative history of the most important environmental case ever to make it to the Supreme Court by Harvard Law School professor Richard Lazarus, a terrific look at fascism’s conflation of the personal and political by Columbia historian Victoria de Grazia, a groundbreaking reconsideration of Renaissance political thought by James Hankins, and an alarmingly timely book on the cutting edge science of Healthy Buildings by Joseph Allen from Harvard School of Public Health and John Macomber from the Harvard Business School. This spring I will publish two important histories of race in America, Traveling Black by Mia Bay and Justice Rising by Patricia Sullivan.
I spent 25 years as a trade publisher before joining Harvard University Press, working at Random House and Viking Penguin, where I published Andrew Roberts’s Churchill and Napoleon, Dan Jones’s The Plantagenets and The Templars, Diarmaid MacCulloch’s Christianity and Thomas Cromwell, Neil MacGregor’s A History of the World in 100 Objects, Sonia Purnell’s Clementine, William Stixrud and Ned Johnson’s The Self-Driven Child, Megan McArdle’s The Up Side of Down, Margaret MacMillan’s Paris 1919, Bernard Lewis’s The Crisis of Islam, and Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran, among others.