Courtney Berger is Executive Editor at Duke University Press. She joined the Press in 2003, after receiving her Ph.D. in English from Johns Hopkins University. Courtney acquires books across the humanities and social sciences. Her key areas of acquisition include: social and political theory, transnational American studies, Native American and indigenous studies, gender and sexuality studies, African American studies, Asian American studies, critical ethnic studies, environmental humanities, science and technology studies, media studies, literary studies, and geography.
Courtney seeks out books that are theoretically and politically engaged and that speak to a wide, interdisciplinary audience. She has published books by many prominent scholars, but she also enjoys collaborating with first-time authors who are in the process of establishing their critical voice. Some of the authors she has worked with include: Jane Bennett, Audra Simpson, Michelle Murphy, Mel Chen, Pheng Cheah, Sandro Mezzadra & Brett Neilson, Kristen Ghodsee, Jennifer Terry, Elizabeth Grosz, Afsaneh Najmabadi, William Connolly, Kathi Weeks, Eugenie Brinkema, Michelle Stephens, E. Patrick Johnson, Nicole Starosielski, Simone Browne, Bianca Williams, Elizabeth Wilson, Stephen Best, Sarah Banet-Weiser, Iyko Day, and Mark Rifkin.
In addition to her editorial work, Courtney leads Duke University Press’s participation in the Mellon University Press Diversity Fellowship program, a collaborative three-year grant that provides apprenticeships in acquisitions departments. She is also on the advisory panel of the Scholarly Communication Institute and is a founding member of the Publishing Makerspace project, a team dedicated to developing new ways for librarians, scholars, publishers, and technologists to collaborate on producing and disseminating multi-model scholarship.
Sandra Korn, Assistant Editor