Dissertations Wanted! A Conversation with the Editor of University of Wyoming Press


Welcome to The Academic Life! In this episode you’ll hear about:

  • Why Robert Ramaswamy wants to see your revised dissertation submitted for publication.
  • What makes a revised dissertation ready to submit to a press.
  • How to choose mentor texts to put in your proposal.
  • Signs that you might not want to turn your dissertation into a book, and what to do instead.
  • The editorial complexities of saying “no” to a book proposal.
  • And a discussion about the new University of Wyoming Press imprint

Our guest is: Robert Ramaswamy (he/they), who has a BA in American studies from Yale University and an MA in American studies from George Washington University, and left a PhD program in American Culture at the University of Michigan ABD. He joined UPC/University of Wyoming Press as acquisitions editor in 2022, after working as an assistant editor for the Ohio State University Press and as an editorial assistant for University of Michigan Press/Michigan Publishing. At UPC/UWyoP, Robert acquires in history, environmental humanities, public humanities, and democracy and the United States. He lives in Ann Arbor, MI with his partner, Anna, two dogs, and eight chickens.

Our host is: Dr. Christina Gessler, the co-creator of the Academic Life.

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Christina Gessler

Dr. Christina Gessler is the creator, show host, and producer of the Academic Life podcast. She holds a PhD in U.S. history.
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