Military History, Environmental History,
and the American West
e-mail Adam Kane
Acquisitions Editor for Regional History (especially Texas and the Southwest), Political Science, Natural History, and Western Trails
e-mail Kent Calder
Senior Acquisitions Editor for American Indian,
Latin America, and
e-mail Alessandra Jacobi Tamulevich
Acquisitions Editor for American West, Military History, and The Arthur H. Clark Company
e-mail Charles E. Rankin
Adam Kane Editor-in-Chief and Acquisitions Editor for military history, strategic and security studies,
and the American West
Adam combines an academic background with extensive publishing experience. Before coming to Oklahoma in 2014, he was Senior Acquisitions Editor and Electronic Publications Manager for Naval Institute Press. From its inception in 2010, he directed the expansion of the NIP's eBook program and led the launch of their POD program. Before that, he was Senior Editor at Praeger Security International. He has also taught American and military history while serving as Assistant Professor of History at McNeese State University and then Visiting Professor of History at Appalachian State University.
Adam holds bachelor and master’s degrees in history from Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania, and is working towards completion of his PhD in history from the University of New Mexico.
Charles E. Rankin Acquisitions Editor for American West and military history
Charles E. Rankin is Associate Director/Editor-in-Chief and Acquisitions Editor for American West and military history for the University of Oklahoma Press. He works in association with series editors for the Campaigns and Commanders military history series and the Oklahoma Western Biographies series.
Prior to joining the University of Oklahoma Press, Chuck was Director of Publications for the Montana Historical Society for eleven years, a position that included being Editor of Montana The Magazine of Western History and Director of the Montana Historical Society Press. Before that, he was associate editor of the New Mexico Historical Review and taught journalism at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University following a career as a newspaper editor and radio news director. Chuck holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of New Mexico and is editor or co-editor of three books, including Trails: Toward a New Western History (1991); Wallace Stegner: Man and Writer (1996); and Legacy: New Perspectives on the Battle of the Little Bighorn (1996).
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Chuck is a member of several historical organizations, including the Western History Association for which he has held numerous offices. He and his wife Diane and their two sons live in Norman, Oklahoma.
Alessandra Jacobi Tamulevich
Acquisitions Editor for American Indian,
Latin American, and Classical Studies
Alessandra was raised in Germany and earned her M.A. from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. A full scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) allowed her to study at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she pursued her interest in American Indian studies. Before joining the University of Oklahoma Press, Alessandra participated in exchange programs with Ireland and France, worked elsewhere in university press publishing, and held positions at the library for the Center of North American Studies, J. W. Goethe University, and at the Santa Barbara Independent in Santa Barbara, California.
Alessandra is member of several scholarly associations, including the Society for American Ethnohistory, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, the Western History Association, the American Anthropological Association, and the American Philological Association. She attends conferences for these, and selected other, organizations to contact potential new authors. Alessandra lived in Norman, Oklahoma, for six years and now telecommutes from her home in the Dallas Forth Worth Metroplex. She frequently travels to Germany and Italy to visit family.
Kathleen Kelly Acquisitions Editor for American West, Borderland Studies, and Women’s History
With more than ten years’ experience in university press publishing, Kathleen acquires scholarly and popular-interest manuscripts intended for academics, students, or general readers in biography, American studies, U.S. history, and women’s studies. Within these broad areas she is particularly interested in manuscripts about the history of the American West (especially California, race, ethnicity, and gender), the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, women’s lives (biography and memoir), memory studies, and popular culture. Kathleen manages the following book series at the Press: Women and the American West, The Popular West, and Race and Culture in the American West, as well as the literature series Chicana and Chicano Visions of the Américas and Chinese Literature Today.
J. Kent Calder Acquisitions Editor for Southwest with special emphasis on Texas
Kent Calder acquires books on local and regional topics, especially dealing with Oklahoma, Texas, and the Southwest. He is interested in well researched interpretations in the realms of cultural, political, and environmental history that offer new insight, enhance understanding, and place subjects in national and international contexts. He seeks scholarly projects that have potential to crossover to broad audiences and is glad to discuss with prospective authors his understanding of what that means. He began the press’s American Popular Music Series, which explores the evolution of musical genres such as folk, blues, country, and jazz, and he established the New Directions in Tejano History Series, which endeavors to further multiethnic and multiracial understanding of the unique identities formed on the Texas/Mexico border. He also seeks projects on political science and Western Trails, including Route 66.
Steven Baker Managing Editor
As Managing Editor, Steven Baker oversees the Manuscript Editorial Department, whose staff shepherd manuscripts, after they have been contracted, through development (if necessary), copyediting, and (after design-typesetting) proofreading. Aside from supervising, Steven works with authors and freelance copyeditors as a manuscript editor. Among the books he is most happy to have helped produce are The Story of Oklahoma, Second Edition;Historical Atlas of Oklahoma; and Texas: A Historical Atlas.
A native of Oklahoma, Steven went west to California in 1988, after earning a bachelor’s in business administration at Washington University in St. Louis and a teaching certificate at OU. He taught history and American government for three years at a public high school in Corona, California, before returning to school to earn a master’s in American History at the University of California, San Diego. After teaching history as an adjunct instructor at several San Diego-area community colleges while also freelancing as a copyeditor for several publishers, Steven joined the Press’s Editorial Department in September 2004.
Stephanie Attia Evans Senior Manuscript Editor
Stephanie Attia Evans is Senior Manuscript Editor for the University of Oklahoma Press. She collaborates with authors and freelancers to shepherd book projects through the editorial, design, and production process.
Stephanie earned her B.A. in German and European History from the University of California–Davis and her M.A. in German Literature from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, where she also completed her doctoral coursework. In addition, she holds a degree in Health Sciences and is a Registered Nurse with experience in trauma surgery and organ transplants, urgent care, and travel medicine. Before joining the University of Oklahoma Press, she worked as a manuscript and production editor at the University of Massachusetts Press, Texas A&M University Press, and Oxford University Press.
Emily Schuster Manuscript Editor
Emily Jerman is a Manuscript Editor for the University of Oklahoma Press. As part of the Manuscript Editorial Department, she evaluates manuscripts when they arrive from the Acquisitions Department and collaborates with authors and freelancers in guiding the works through copyediting and proofreading.
A Norman native and graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Emily pursued a career in journalism before joining the Press. She’s written for Oklahoma Gazette (Oklahoma City’s alternative weekly newspaper), where she served as the copyeditor for three years; Oklahoma Today magazine; and the Woodward News. She coordinates a conversation program for English-language learners in her spare time.