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Meet Our Editorial Staff

Mark Simpson-Vos, Editorial Director
Chuck Grench, Assistant Director &
Senior Editor
Elaine Maisner, Senior Executive Editor Lucas Church, Associate Editor
Becki Reibman, Editorial Assistant
Brandon Proia, Editor Jad Adkins, Editorial Assistant
Jessica Newman, Acquisitions Assistant

Mark Simpson-Vos
Editorial Director

As Editorial Director, I am the administrative head of the Press's acquisitions program. I develop and acquire scholarly and general interest books in the fields of American studies and American culture, gender and sexuality, Native American and indigenous studies, and Civil War History. My interests in these areas are broad and interdisciplinary; as an editor, one of my greatest pleasures is working with authors on books that reflect superior scholarly research while contextualizing and explaining key subjects, moments, and issues for a wider public. I also develop and acquire general-interest books about North Carolina and the South, with particular focus on hiking and outdoor guides, nature and natural history, regional reference, and popular history. My scholarly background is in American literature and American studies, including graduate work (M.A., 1995; A.B.D., 1998) at UNC-Chapel Hill. I've been a member of the Press staff since 1998.

Mark Simpson-Vos is assisted by Lucas Church.


Chuck Grench
Senior Editor & Assistant Director

I acquire trade books, scholarly works, and textbooks for general readers, scholars, and students. My list areas include U.S. history, African American studies, Cold War history, cultural history, diplomatic history, early American studies, legal history, political history, Southern history, the history of the American West, and women's history. I seek to strengthen our list in these areas through acquisitions, commissions, and selective distributions. I also sponsor our highly selective European history and Greek and Roman history lists and I am building a list in the history of craft.

Series: The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture (Waldo E. Martin, Jr. and Patricia Sullivan, editors); The New Cold War History (Odd Arne Westad, editor); The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia (Fredrika J. Teute, editor of publications); Studies in the History of Greece and Rome (Robin Osborne, James Rives, and Richard J. A. Talbert, editors); David J. Weber Series in the New Borderlands History (Andrew Graybill and Benjamin Heber Johnson, editors). Visit our series page for more information about our series.

Chuck Grench is assisted by Jad Adkins.


Elaine Maisner
Senior Executive Editor

I acquire and commission books for readerships spanning the range from scholarly to general interest in the areas of religious studies; Latin American and Caribbean studies; and regional trade. In religious studies, I have strong interests in American religion, religion in the Americas, and in Islamic studies, in all their varieties, practices, histories, meanings, and effects. I am particularly interested in studies of Islam, anywhere in the world, that connect the tradition to contemporary ways of understanding. We feature a broad-based Latin American and Caribbean studies program, and one of our special interests is work that connects important themes throughout the Americas and the Atlantic region. I am also interested in books that can be used effectively in teaching. In regional trade, my specialties include cookbooks, foodways, gardening, and new currents in southern culture.

Series: Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks (Carl W. Ernst and Bruce B. Lawrence, editors); Envisioning Cuba (Louis A. Perez Jr., editor); Latin America in Translation/en Traducción/em Traduçao. Visit our series page for more information about our series.

Click here to listen to an audio interview in which Elaine talks about her program in foodways.

Elaine Maisner is assisted by Becki Reibman.


Brandon Proia

I acquire recent and contemporary history, African American studies, and current affairs. I'm also interested in political history, environmental history, military history, and southern studies. Particularly exciting to me are histories that contextualize pressing issues and global hotspots, telling the backstory behind the trends that promise to determine tomorrow's headlines. I am eager to publish work that straddles the line between the academy and trade—smart books with the potential to strike a chord with larger audiences. I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing and, before joining the press in 2013, I acquired and edited serious trade nonfiction works of politics, history, and journalism for PublicAffairs, Basic Books, and Basic Civitas in New York.

Series: Justice, Power, and Politics (Heather Ann Thompson and Rhonda Y. Williams, editors); Flows, Migrations, and Exchanges (Mart Stewart and Harriet Ritvo, editors). Visit our series page for more information about our series.

Brandon Proia is assisted by Jad Adkins.


Lucas Church
Lucas Church
Associate Editor

I assist Mark Simpson-Vos and am happy to answer any questions you may have about his list areas, as well as any general editorial queries. I also acquire books in literary studies and regional trade. I received my B.A. in English from Appalachian State University and my M.F.A. in Creative Writing, concentrating in fiction, from North Carolina State University.


Becki Reibman
Editorial Assistant

I assist Elaine Maisner and am happy to answer any questions you may have about her list areas, as well as any general editorial questions. I received my B.A. in History from Duke University in 2016.


Jad Adkins
Jad Adkins
Editorial Assistant

I assist Chuck Grench and Brandon Proia, and am happy to answer any questions you may have about their areas of acquisition, as well as general editorial queries. I received my B.A. in English from Marshall University and my M.F.A. in creative writing from Georgia College.

Jessica Newman
Jessica Newman
Acquisitions Assistant

I provide broad editorial support for the Acquisitions department at UNC Press. Previously, I worked at Carolina Academic Press. I received my B.S. in Journalism from University of Florida.


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