Jaya Chatterjee

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Cheshire, CT, USA

Yale University Press editor with nine years of experience working on award-winning non-fiction books available for editing and proofreading

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Overview

In 2007, I began my career in publishing as an intern in the trade book division of W.W. Norton & Company. After completing my degrees in literature at Wellesley College and Columbia University, I joined Yale University Press in 2009. I am now the acquiring editor for world history, geopolitics, and international relations books at Yale.

In the nine years I have worked for Yale, I have acquired and edited general interest and scholarly non-fiction by new and experienced authors alike. My authors (scholars, policy analysts, and journalists) include Beinecke, Boren, Fulbright, Guggenheim, MacDowell Colony, and Mellon Fellows, Yaddo alumni, Chevaliers of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, National Endowment for the Humanities grant recipients, winners of the Bolton-Johnson Prize, the Hans Gatzke Prize, the Harry Oppenheimer Award, the Prix Maurice Baumont, and the Prix Bristol des Lumières.

My books have been well reviewed in Arts and Letters Daily, Dissent, the Economist, the Financial Times, the Guardian, Kirkus Reviews, the Literary Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Nation, the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and the Wall Street Journal, and have been serialized in the Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Guardian, Harper’s Magazine, the Washington Post, and Lapham’s Quarterly. They have won prizes from the Council on Foreign Relations and scholarly associations.

Publishers Weekly and the ABA named me one of the top professionals in publishing in 2016, while Publishers Marketplace currently ranks me #1 among editors of history, politics, and current affairs books. Wellesley’s alumnae magazine has profiled me, too.

In addition to working for Yale University Press, I have developed my knowledge of the industry by attending the Yale Publishing Course (for which I was a finalist for the Innovative Leader Scholarship) and highly competitive publishing fellowship programs in Göteborg, Sweden, and Istanbul, Turkey.

My freelance work has included contributing reviews and review essays to the Los Angeles Review of Books, National Public Radio's website, Ploughshares, the Times Literary Supplement, and other venues, editing, and researching and securing permissions for copyrighted images for authors.

I welcome opportunities to provide assessments of query letters and manuscripts, as well as to proofread and edit manuscripts.

Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Geography
History
Music
Politics & Current Affairs
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Works with
WordPress

Work experience

Editor

Yale University Press
September, 2009 – Present (over 9 years)

Editorial Intern

W.W. Norton and Company
May, 2007 – August, 2007 (3 months)

Portfolio (7 selected works)

North Korea's Hidden Revolution: How the Information Underground Is Transforming a Closed Society

Jieun Baek

The story of North Korea's information underground and how it inspires people to seek better lives beyond their country’s borders One of the least understood countries in the world, North Korea has long been known for its repressive regime. Yet it is far from being an impenetrable black box. Media flows covertly into the country, and fault lines are appearing in the government’s sealed informa... read more

The story of North Korea's information underground and how it inspires people to seek better lives beyond their country’s borders One of the least understood countries in the world, North Korea has long been known for its repressive regime. Yet it is far from being an impenetrable black box. Media flows covertly into the country, and fault lines are appearing in the government’s sealed informa... read more

Invisible Countries: Journeys to the Edge of Nationhood

Joshua Keating

A thoughtful analysis of how our world’s borders came to be and why we may be emerging from a lengthy period of “cartographical stasis” What is a country? While certain basic criteria—borders, a government, and recognition from other countries—seem obvious, journalist Joshua Keating’s book explores exceptions to these rules, including self-proclaimed countries such as Abkhazia, Kurdistan, and ... read more

A thoughtful analysis of how our world’s borders came to be and why we may be emerging from a lengthy period of “cartographical stasis” What is a country? While certain basic criteria—borders, a government, and recognition from other countries—seem obvious, journalist Joshua Keating’s book explores exceptions to these rules, including self-proclaimed countries such as Abkhazia, Kurdistan, and ... read more

All Measures Short of War: The Contest for the Twenty-First Century and the Future of American Power

Thomas J. Wright

A groundbreaking look at the future of great power competition in an age of globalization and what the United States can do in response The two decades after the Cold War saw unprecedented cooperation between the major powers as the world converged on a model of liberal international order. Now, great power competition is back and the liberal order is in jeopardy. Russia and China are increasi... read more

A groundbreaking look at the future of great power competition in an age of globalization and what the United States can do in response The two decades after the Cold War saw unprecedented cooperation between the major powers as the world converged on a model of liberal international order. Now, great power competition is back and the liberal order is in jeopardy. Russia and China are increasi... read more

The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World Order

Hal Brands, Charles Edel

The ancient Greeks hard‑wired a tragic sensibility into their culture. By looking disaster squarely in the face, by understanding just how badly things could spiral out of control, they sought to create a communal sense of responsibility and courage—to spur citizens and their leaders to take the difficult actions necessary to avert such a fate. Today, after more than seventy years of great‑pow... read more

The ancient Greeks hard‑wired a tragic sensibility into their culture. By looking disaster squarely in the face, by understanding just how badly things could spiral out of control, they sought to create a communal sense of responsibility and courage—to spur citizens and their leaders to take the difficult actions necessary to avert such a fate. Today, after more than seventy years of great‑pow... read more

Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell

David Yaffe

"She was like a storm." ―Leonard CohenJoni Mitchell may be the most influential female recording artist and composer of the late twentieth century. In Reckless Daughter, the music critic David Yaffe tells the remarkable, heart-wrenching story of how the blond girl with the guitar became a superstar of folk music in the 1960s, a key figure in the Laurel Canyon music scene of the 1970s, and the ... read more

"She was like a storm." ―Leonard CohenJoni Mitchell may be the most influential female recording artist and composer of the late twentieth century. In Reckless Daughter, the music critic David Yaffe tells the remarkable, heart-wrenching story of how the blond girl with the guitar became a superstar of folk music in the 1960s, a key figure in the Laurel Canyon music scene of the 1970s, and the ... read more

The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution

Marci Shore

A vivid and intimate account of the Ukrainian Revolution, the rare moment when the political became the existential What is worth dying for? While the world watched the uprising on the Maidan as an episode in geopolitics, those in Ukraine during the extraordinary winter of 2013–14 lived the revolution as an existential transformation: the blurring of night and day, the loss of a sense of time,... read more

A vivid and intimate account of the Ukrainian Revolution, the rare moment when the political became the existential What is worth dying for? While the world watched the uprising on the Maidan as an episode in geopolitics, those in Ukraine during the extraordinary winter of 2013–14 lived the revolution as an existential transformation: the blurring of night and day, the loss of a sense of time,... read more

Iran: A Modern History

Abbas Amanat

A masterfully researched and compelling history of Iran from 1501 to 2009 This history of modern Iran is not a survey in the conventional sense but an ambitious exploration of the story of a nation. It offers a revealing look at how events, people, and institutions are shaped by currents that sometimes reach back hundreds of years. The book covers the complex history of the diverse societies a... read more

A masterfully researched and compelling history of Iran from 1501 to 2009 This history of modern Iran is not a survey in the conventional sense but an ambitious exploration of the story of a nation. It offers a revealing look at how events, people, and institutions are shaped by currents that sometimes reach back hundreds of years. The book covers the complex history of the diverse societies a... read more

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