Mary Al-Sayed

Mary Al-Sayed - Editor

New York, NY, USA

An experienced editor in the NYC publishing industry with particular expertise in nonfiction and academic works.

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Overview

I'm an academic editor with six years of industry experience in book publishing. I've worked on books ranging from textbooks to experimental fiction, but I have particular expertise in nonfiction and academic books.

Since starting in publishing in 2013, I've worked with two of the top commercial academic presses, which has afforded me the opportunity to work on everything from the classic monograph to more experimental subjects, such as literary anthropology, where fiction or nontraditional forms of academic writing are preferred. The books featured below are not necessarily the most recent ones I've worked on; instead, I've chosen them specifically to showcase the range of formats and styles with which I have experience.

My books have won numerous awards from academic associations, including the American Sociological Association and American Anthropological Association, as well as having been recognized by industry-wide publications such as CHOICE and TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION. Many of them have reached beyond academia, with reviews in such venues as LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS, THE GUARDIAN, THE NATION, THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE ATLANTIC, FOREIGN AFFAIRS, THE WASHINGTON POST, and beyond.

I can provide pitch and query letter advice through to proposal stage, especially for those submitting to university presses and academic presses; line-editing copy editing services (as opposed to stylistic or structural editing, which I do not perform); permissions guidance; careful proofreading; and reference checking.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Humanities & Social Sciences
Philosophy
Political Science & Current Affairs

Work experience

Editor

Palgrave Macmillan
August, 2017 – Present (over 2 years)

Editorial Assistant to Editor

Bloomsbury Publishing
September, 2013 – August, 2017 (almost 4 years)

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Corner-Store Dreams and the 2008 Financial Crisis: A True Story about Risk, Entrepreneurship, Immigration, and Latino-Anglo Friendship (Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology)

Peter Wogan

This book tells the incredible true story of Ranulfo Juárez, a Mexican immigrant. After working for years in the fields of Oregon and becoming a U.S. citizen, Ranulfo started making plans to buy a small bakery in 2005. But not knowing if the economy would hold steady, Ranulfo examined his dreams every morning in search of secret clues foretelling insight and a successful bakery—or homelessness... read more

This book tells the incredible true story of Ranulfo Juárez, a Mexican immigrant. After working for years in the fields of Oregon and becoming a U.S. citizen, Ranulfo started making plans to buy a small bakery in 2005. But not knowing if the economy would hold steady, Ranulfo examined his dreams every morning in search of secret clues foretelling insight and a successful bakery—or homelessness... read more

Hood (Object Lessons)

Alison Kinney

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. We all wear hoods: the Grim Reaper, Red Riding Hood, torturers, executioners and the executed, athletes, laborers, anarchists, rappers, babies in onesies, and anyone who's ever grabbed a hoodie on a chilly day. Alison Kinney's Hood explores the material and symbolic vibrancy of this every... read more

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. We all wear hoods: the Grim Reaper, Red Riding Hood, torturers, executioners and the executed, athletes, laborers, anarchists, rappers, babies in onesies, and anyone who's ever grabbed a hoodie on a chilly day. Alison Kinney's Hood explores the material and symbolic vibrancy of this every... read more

Jonathan Franzen and the Romance of Community: Narratives of Salvation

Jesús Blanco Hidalga

Despite the success and significance of Jonathan Franzen's fiction, his work has received relatively little scholarly attention. Aiming to fill this conspicuous gap, Jonathan Franzen and the Romance of Community analyzes each of Franzen's five novels in chronological order to reveal an interior logic animating his work. Integrating various formal and ideological perspectives to illuminate Fran... read more

Despite the success and significance of Jonathan Franzen's fiction, his work has received relatively little scholarly attention. Aiming to fill this conspicuous gap, Jonathan Franzen and the Romance of Community analyzes each of Franzen's five novels in chronological order to reveal an interior logic animating his work. Integrating various formal and ideological perspectives to illuminate Fran... read more

Queerly Cosmopolitan: Bohemia and Belonging in a Brazilian Middle-of-Nowhere City

Timothy Eugene Murphy

An ethnography of urban citizenship, global belonging, and queerness in a rapidly growing provincial city in the Global South, Queerly Cosmopolitan explores how people develop a sense of belonging in a city understood by many to be “unimportant” and “in the middle of nowhere.” In his exploration of the city of Teresina and its inhabitants’ attempts to establish a sense of belonging and self-wo... read more

An ethnography of urban citizenship, global belonging, and queerness in a rapidly growing provincial city in the Global South, Queerly Cosmopolitan explores how people develop a sense of belonging in a city understood by many to be “unimportant” and “in the middle of nowhere.” In his exploration of the city of Teresina and its inhabitants’ attempts to establish a sense of belonging and self-wo... read more

Islamophobia and Radicalization: Breeding Intolerance and Violence

John L. Esposito, Derya Iner

While the themes of radicalization and Islamophobia have been broadly addressed by academia, to date there has been little investigation of the crosspollination between the two. Is Islamophobia a significant catalyst or influence on radicalization and recruitment? How do radicalization and Islamophobia interact, operate, feed one another, and ultimately pull societies toward polar extremes in ... read more

While the themes of radicalization and Islamophobia have been broadly addressed by academia, to date there has been little investigation of the crosspollination between the two. Is Islamophobia a significant catalyst or influence on radicalization and recruitment? How do radicalization and Islamophobia interact, operate, feed one another, and ultimately pull societies toward polar extremes in ... read more

The Rise of Victimhood Culture: Microaggressions, Safe Spaces, and the New Culture Wars

Bradley Campbell, Jason Manning

The Rise of Victimhood Culture offers a framework for understanding recent moral conflicts at U.S. universities, which have bled into society at large. These are not the familiar clashes between liberals and conservatives or the religious and the secular: instead, they are clashes between a new moral culture—victimhood culture—and a more traditional culture of dignity. Even as students increas... read more

The Rise of Victimhood Culture offers a framework for understanding recent moral conflicts at U.S. universities, which have bled into society at large. These are not the familiar clashes between liberals and conservatives or the religious and the secular: instead, they are clashes between a new moral culture—victimhood culture—and a more traditional culture of dignity. Even as students increas... read more

Maya Angelou: Adventurous Spirit

Linda Wagner-Martin

A comprehensive biographical and critical reading of the works of American poet and memoirist Maya Angelou (1928-2014). Linda Wagner-Martin covers all six of Angelou's autobiographies, as well as her essay and poetry collections, while also exploring Angelou's life as an African American in the United States, her career as stage and film performer, her thoughtful participation in the Civil Rig... read more

A comprehensive biographical and critical reading of the works of American poet and memoirist Maya Angelou (1928-2014). Linda Wagner-Martin covers all six of Angelou's autobiographies, as well as her essay and poetry collections, while also exploring Angelou's life as an African American in the United States, her career as stage and film performer, her thoughtful participation in the Civil Rig... read more

Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Personhood and the Life Course

Cathrine Degnen

Exploring notions of the person through a wide range of anthropological literature, Cathrine Degnen analyses how personhood is built, affirmed, and maintained during various life stages and via multiple cultural forms and practices. In discussing the life course, she investigates personhood as a concept at the beginning of life, throughout life as lived, at the edges of being, and ultimately a... read more

Exploring notions of the person through a wide range of anthropological literature, Cathrine Degnen analyses how personhood is built, affirmed, and maintained during various life stages and via multiple cultural forms and practices. In discussing the life course, she investigates personhood as a concept at the beginning of life, throughout life as lived, at the edges of being, and ultimately a... read more

Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention (Global Masculinities)

Michael Flood

Across the globe, violence prevention initiatives focused on men and boys are proliferating rapidly. Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention highlights effective and innovative strategies for the primary prevention of domestic violence, sexual violence, and other forms of harassment and abuse. It combines research on gender, masculinities, and violence with case studies from a wide variet... read more

Across the globe, violence prevention initiatives focused on men and boys are proliferating rapidly. Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention highlights effective and innovative strategies for the primary prevention of domestic violence, sexual violence, and other forms of harassment and abuse. It combines research on gender, masculinities, and violence with case studies from a wide variet... read more

The Carol J. Adams Reader: Writings and Conversations 1995-2015

The Carol J. Adams Reader gathers together Adams's foundational and recent articles in the fields of critical studies, animal studies, media studies, vegan studies, ecofeminism and feminism, as well as relevant interviews and conversations in which Adams identifies key concepts and new developments in her decades-long work. This volume, a companion to The Sexual Politics of Meat (Bloomsbury Re... read more

The Carol J. Adams Reader gathers together Adams's foundational and recent articles in the fields of critical studies, animal studies, media studies, vegan studies, ecofeminism and feminism, as well as relevant interviews and conversations in which Adams identifies key concepts and new developments in her decades-long work. This volume, a companion to The Sexual Politics of Meat (Bloomsbury Re... read more

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