Matt Rohal

Matt Rohal - Editor

New York City, NY, USA

An editor at a highly esteemed Ivy league university press, I specialize in scholarly and non-fiction editing, from idea to printed book.

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Overview

Greetings! I am an editor with +7 years’ experience in professional publishing—from non-fiction trade books to academic monographs to textbooks, as well as literary magazines, journal entries and essays, poetry, humor publications and online journalism. I have worked on projects in the subject fields of ancient history, ancient world, political science, politics, current events, classics, philosophy, political theory, bioethics, lit/poetry, and humor.

My background educational degrees are in philosophy and creative writing (Honors B.A., Rutgers University – New Brunswick) and some of my recent editorial positions have been at prestigious university presses including Oxford University and Princeton University.

I have worked with a diverse range of authors – socioeconomic status, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status – and diversity is important to me! So is integrity, sincerity and a commitment to truth.

Previous authors of mine include finalists of the National Book Award, the Financial Times Business Book of the Year, the Cundhill History Prize, and the Deutscher Memorial Prize.

Books I have worked on have been covered in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, The Economist, The National, The Chronicle of Higher Education, New Scientist, The New Yorker, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Kirkus, The Boston Globe, Vox, American Scientist, BBC, NPR, Times Higher Education, The LA Review of Books, The NY Review of Books, and Foreign Affairs.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Philosophy
Politics & Current Affairs
Psychology
Self-help & Self-improvement
Travel
Fiction
Classics
Humor & Comedy

Work experience

Assistant Editor

Princeton University Press
October, 2016 – Present (over 2 years)

Assistant Editor

Oxford University Press
December, 2013 – October, 2016 (almost 3 years)

Portfolio (10 selected works)

The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century (The Princeton Economic History of the Western World)

Walter Scheidel

How only violence and catastrophes have consistently reduced inequality throughout world historyAre mass violence and catastrophes the only forces that can seriously decrease economic inequality? To judge by thousands of years of history, the answer is yes. Tracing the global history of inequality from the Stone Age to today, Walter Scheidel shows that inequality never dies peacefully. Inequal... read more

How only violence and catastrophes have consistently reduced inequality throughout world historyAre mass violence and catastrophes the only forces that can seriously decrease economic inequality? To judge by thousands of years of history, the answer is yes. Tracing the global history of inequality from the Stone Age to today, Walter Scheidel shows that inequality never dies peacefully. Inequal... read more

The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire (The Princeton History of the Ancient World)

Kyle Harper

A sweeping new history of how climate change and disease helped bring down the Roman EmpireHere is the monumental retelling of one of the most consequential chapters of human history: the fall of the Roman Empire. The Fate of Rome is the first book to examine the catastrophic role that climate change and infectious diseases played in the collapse of Rome’s power—a story of nature’s triumph ove... read more

A sweeping new history of how climate change and disease helped bring down the Roman EmpireHere is the monumental retelling of one of the most consequential chapters of human history: the fall of the Roman Empire. The Fate of Rome is the first book to examine the catastrophic role that climate change and infectious diseases played in the collapse of Rome’s power—a story of nature’s triumph ove... read more

Midlife: A Philosophical Guide

Kieran Setiya

Philosophical wisdom and practical advice for overcoming the problems of middle ageHow can you reconcile yourself with the lives you will never lead, with possibilities foreclosed, and with nostalgia for lost youth? How can you accept the failings of the past, the sense of futility in the tasks that consume the present, and the prospect of death that blights the future? In this self-help book ... read more

Philosophical wisdom and practical advice for overcoming the problems of middle ageHow can you reconcile yourself with the lives you will never lead, with possibilities foreclosed, and with nostalgia for lost youth? How can you accept the failings of the past, the sense of futility in the tasks that consume the present, and the prospect of death that blights the future? In this self-help book ... read more

How to Die: An Ancient Guide to the End of Life (Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers)

Seneca

Timeless wisdom on death and dying from the celebrated Stoic philosopher Seneca"It takes an entire lifetime to learn how to die," wrote the Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca (c. 4 BC–65 AD). He counseled readers to "study death always," and took his own advice, returning to the subject again and again in all his writings, yet he never treated it in a complete work. How to Die gathers in one volum... read more

Timeless wisdom on death and dying from the celebrated Stoic philosopher Seneca"It takes an entire lifetime to learn how to die," wrote the Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca (c. 4 BC–65 AD). He counseled readers to "study death always," and took his own advice, returning to the subject again and again in all his writings, yet he never treated it in a complete work. How to Die gathers in one volum... read more

Heretics!: The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy

Steven Nadler, Ben Nadler

An entertaining, enlightening, and humorous graphic narrative of the dangerous thinkers who laid the foundation of modern thoughtThis entertaining and enlightening graphic narrative tells the exciting story of the seventeenth-century thinkers who challenged authority—sometimes risking excommunication, prison, and even death—to lay the foundations of modern philosophy and science and help usher... read more

An entertaining, enlightening, and humorous graphic narrative of the dangerous thinkers who laid the foundation of modern thoughtThis entertaining and enlightening graphic narrative tells the exciting story of the seventeenth-century thinkers who challenged authority—sometimes risking excommunication, prison, and even death—to lay the foundations of modern philosophy and science and help usher... read more

The Art of War: An Illustrated Edition (The Illustrated Library of Chinese Classics)

Sunzi

A delightfully illustrated version of Sunzi’s classic The Art of War by bestselling cartoonist C. C. TsaiC. C. Tsai is one of Asia's most popular cartoonists, and his editions of the Chinese classics have sold more than 40 million copies in over twenty languages. This volume presents Tsai's delightful graphic adaptation of Sunzi's Art of War, the most profound book on warfare and strategy ever... read more

A delightfully illustrated version of Sunzi’s classic The Art of War by bestselling cartoonist C. C. TsaiC. C. Tsai is one of Asia's most popular cartoonists, and his editions of the Chinese classics have sold more than 40 million copies in over twenty languages. This volume presents Tsai's delightful graphic adaptation of Sunzi's Art of War, the most profound book on warfare and strategy ever... read more

In Search of the Phoenicians (Miriam S. Balmuth Lectures in Ancient History and Archaeology)

Josephine Quinn

Who were the ancient Phoenicians, and did they actually exist?The Phoenicians traveled the Mediterranean long before the Greeks and Romans, trading, establishing settlements, and refining the art of navigation. But who these legendary sailors really were has long remained a mystery. In Search of the Phoenicians makes the startling claim that the “Phoenicians” never actually existed. Taking rea... read more

Who were the ancient Phoenicians, and did they actually exist?The Phoenicians traveled the Mediterranean long before the Greeks and Romans, trading, establishing settlements, and refining the art of navigation. But who these legendary sailors really were has long remained a mystery. In Search of the Phoenicians makes the startling claim that the “Phoenicians” never actually existed. Taking rea... read more

The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship That Shaped Modern Thought

Dennis Rasmussen

The story of the greatest of all philosophical friendships—and how it influenced modern thoughtDavid Hume is widely regarded as the most important philosopher ever to write in English, but during his lifetime he was attacked as “the Great Infidel” for his skeptical religious views and deemed unfit to teach the young. In contrast, Adam Smith was a revered professor of moral philosophy, and is n... read more

The story of the greatest of all philosophical friendships—and how it influenced modern thoughtDavid Hume is widely regarded as the most important philosopher ever to write in English, but during his lifetime he was attacked as “the Great Infidel” for his skeptical religious views and deemed unfit to teach the young. In contrast, Adam Smith was a revered professor of moral philosophy, and is n... read more

On Purpose

Michael Ruse

A brief, accessible history of the idea of purpose in Western thought, from ancient Greece to the presentCan we live without the idea of purpose? Should we even try to? Kant thought we were stuck with purpose, and even Darwin’s theory of natural selection, which profoundly shook the idea, was unable to kill it. Indeed, teleological explanation—what Aristotle called understanding in terms of “f... read more

A brief, accessible history of the idea of purpose in Western thought, from ancient Greece to the presentCan we live without the idea of purpose? Should we even try to? Kant thought we were stuck with purpose, and even Darwin’s theory of natural selection, which profoundly shook the idea, was unable to kill it. Indeed, teleological explanation—what Aristotle called understanding in terms of “f... read more

Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don't Talk about It) (The University Center for Human Values Series)

Elizabeth Anderson

Why our workplaces are authoritarian private governments—and why we can't see itOne in four American workers says their workplace is a "dictatorship." Yet that number probably would be even higher if we recognized most employers for what they are—private governments with sweeping authoritarian power over our lives, on duty and off. We normally think of government as something only the state do... read more

Why our workplaces are authoritarian private governments—and why we can't see itOne in four American workers says their workplace is a "dictatorship." Yet that number probably would be even higher if we recognized most employers for what they are—private governments with sweeping authoritarian power over our lives, on duty and off. We normally think of government as something only the state do... read more

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