Sharmila Sen

Editorial Director

Acquisitions Editors: Janice Audet | James Brandt | Joy de Menil | Andrew Kinney | Ian Malcolm | Kathleen McDermott | Sharmila Sen | Lindsay Waters

Sharmila Sen, Editorial Director

startquoteIn addition to overseeing our overall acquisitions program, I publish books that make lasting contributions to a wide range of subjects: religion, history, politics, classics, current events, art, literature, and technology.

I have recently signed books on such diverse topics as wealth and animal behavior, sex strikes, political correctness as an accusation, a global history of the destruction of knowledge, religion and cultural appropriation, “lady translators” and western classics, how New York publishers accidentally invented world literature, the intertwined fates of corporations and European empires, a normative theory of informal representation, the age of hip-hop, and the half-forgotten wife of Vitruvius.

Lila Abu-Lughod, Mary Beard, Hans Belting, Fred Donner, Ram Guha, Sari Nusseibeh, Robert Orsi, Snigdha Poonam, Ingrid Rowland, Aldo Schiavone, Nick Sousanis, Maria Tatar, Karel van der Toorn, Helen Vendler, and Donna Zuckerberg are some of the authors I have published at Harvard University Press.

My acquisitions include the award-winning digital Loeb Classical Library, the critically-acclaimed bilingual series Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library and Murty Classical Library of India, as well as intellectual comic books that challenge the primacy of words over images.endquote

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