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Sharmila Sen

Editorial Director

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startquoteIn addition to overseeing Harvard University Press’s overall acquisitions program, I publish books that make lasting contributions to a wide range of subjects: current events, popular culture, religion, world history, politics, classics, literature, science, 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 story behind the greatest literary biography of the twentieth century (Ellmann’s James Joyce), how the law thinks about violence, 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, Richard Ovenden, Snigdha Poonam, Ingrid Rowland, Priya Satia, 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 also 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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Racism in America: A Reader, edited by Harvard University Press, with a Foreword by Annette Gordon-Reed, available for free download in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle

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Book Club Spotlight: The Privileged Poor

As students around the world deliberate their options for further education, only made more challenging in a pandemic, we’re reminded that getting in is only half the battle. In The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students, Anthony Abraham Jack asks how—and why—do disadvantaged students struggle at elite colleges? What can schools can do differently if these students are to thrive? As back to school season begins, we spoke to two university book clubs that read and discussed The Privileged Poor this summer.