Jaya Chatterjee

Jaya Chatterjee - Editor

Cheshire, CT, USA

Yale University Press editor with eleven years of experience publishing award-winning non-fiction available for editing and proofreading

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Overview

In 2007, I began my career in publishing in the trade book division of W.W. Norton & Company. After completing my degrees in literature at Wellesley College, where I was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and awarded a fellowship for graduate studies, and Columbia University, I joined Yale University Press in 2009. I am now the acquiring editor for world history, geopolitics, and international relations books there.

In the eleven years I have worked for Yale, I have acquired and edited general interest and scholarly non-fiction books in the humanities and social sciences by new and experienced authors alike. My books have been bestsellers, won prizes, and been warmly reviewed in Arts & Letters Daily, Commentary, Dissent, the Economist, the Financial Times, the Guardian, Kirkus Reviews, the Literary Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Nation, the New Criterion, the New Yorker, the New York Journal of Books, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times Book Review, the New Republic, Publishers Weekly, the Times Literary Supplement, the Times of London, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, and serialized in the Atlantic, the Boston Globe, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Guardian, Harper’s Magazine, and Lapham’s Quarterly.

In recognition of my contributions to the industry, I have been named a finalist for the Yale Publishing Course's Innovative Leader Scholarship, ranked #1 among editors of history, politics, and current affairs books by Publishers Marketplace, profiled by the Wellesley College alumnae magazine and by Publishers Weekly, which, along with the American Booksellers Association, named me one of the top professionals in publishing as part of their Star Watch Program, and awarded highly competitive international publishing fellowships to travel to Finland, Sweden, and Turkey.

In addition to working for Yale, I have shared my knowledge of the industry as a faculty member and panelist at workshops for prospective authors and employees held at colleges, universities, and literary festivals around the world. My freelance work has included contributing book 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, proofreading, and researching and securing permissions for copyrighted images for authors. As a freelancer for Reedsy, I welcome opportunities to assess query letters, as well as to edit and proofread proposals and manuscripts.
Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Entertainment
Humanities & Social Sciences
Photography
Political Science & Current Affairs
Travel
Writing & Publishing
Works with
WordPress

Work experience

Editor

Yale University Press
September, 2009 – Present (almost 11 years)

Editorial Intern

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

Portfolio (12 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

Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century

Alexandra Popoff

The definitive biography of Soviet Jewish dissident writer Vasily Grossman If Vasily Grossman’s 1961 masterpiece, Life and Fate, had been published during his lifetime, it would have reached the world together with Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago and before Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag. But Life and Fate was seized by the KGB. When it emerged posthumously, decades later, it was recognized as the War and Pe... read more

The definitive biography of Soviet Jewish dissident writer Vasily Grossman If Vasily Grossman’s 1961 masterpiece, Life and Fate, had been published during his lifetime, it would have reached the world together with Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago and before Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag. But Life and Fate was seized by the KGB. When it emerged posthumously, decades later, it was recognized as the War and Pe... read more

The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin

Jonathan Phillips

An engaging biography that offers a new perspective on one of the most influential figures of the Crusades In 1187, Saladin marched triumphantly into Jerusalem, ending decades of struggle against the Christians and reclaiming the holy city for Islam. Four years later he fought off the armies of the Third Crusade, which were commanded by Europe’s leading monarchs. A fierce warrior and savvy dip... read more

An engaging biography that offers a new perspective on one of the most influential figures of the Crusades In 1187, Saladin marched triumphantly into Jerusalem, ending decades of struggle against the Christians and reclaiming the holy city for Islam. Four years later he fought off the armies of the Third Crusade, which were commanded by Europe’s leading monarchs. A fierce warrior and savvy dip... read more

Post Wall, Post Square: How Bush, Gorbachev, Kohl, and Deng Shaped the World after 1989

Kristina Spohr

A landmark global history that makes us rethink how the Cold War ended and our present era was born This book offers a bold new interpretation of the revolutions of 1989, showing how a new world order was forged—without major conflict. Based on extensive archival research, Kristina Spohr attributes this in large measure to determined diplomacy by a handful of international leaders, who engaged... read more

A landmark global history that makes us rethink how the Cold War ended and our present era was born This book offers a bold new interpretation of the revolutions of 1989, showing how a new world order was forged—without major conflict. Based on extensive archival research, Kristina Spohr attributes this in large measure to determined diplomacy by a handful of international leaders, who engaged... read more

The Woman on the Windowsill: A Tale of Mystery in Several Parts

Sylvia Sellers-Garcia

A true story of violence and punishment that illuminates a transformative moment in Guatemalan history On the morning of July 1, 1800, a surveyor and mapmaker named Cayetano Díaz opened the window of his study in Guatemala City to find a horrific sight: a pair of severed breasts. Offering a meticulously researched and evocative account of the quest to find the perpetrator and understand the mo... read more

A true story of violence and punishment that illuminates a transformative moment in Guatemalan history On the morning of July 1, 1800, a surveyor and mapmaker named Cayetano Díaz opened the window of his study in Guatemala City to find a horrific sight: a pair of severed breasts. Offering a meticulously researched and evocative account of the quest to find the perpetrator and understand the mo... read more

Jaya has 8 reviews

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Pamela Logan
Jaya was very professional and punctual, and delivered some great edits to my manuscript.

Pamela Logan, August 2020


Angelika Koch
Great editor!

Angelika Koch, July 2020


Ryan Kemp
Jaya is a very professional and conscientious editor. She functioned as the developmental editor for my non-fiction book titled 'The Age of Separation', and her edits turned out great. She was timely and very flexible with my changing word-count as I continued to add on new snippets of information! Perhaps it is just that Reedsy's platform prefers keeping the messaging within the inbox, but I p...
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Ryan Kemp, July 2020


Jay Joshi
She does a thorough review.

Jay Joshi, July 2020


Scott Dikkers
Jaya was great to work with! Competent and pleasant. Highly recommended!

Scott Dikkers, July 2020

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