Leadership

 

Dean Smith

Dean Smith is Director of Duke University Press. His career in publishing spans more than 30 years and includes experience in scholarly, STM, university press, and trade- and association-based publishing. He brings a wealth of experience in leading digital publishing initiatives, business development and acquisition skills, open-access publishing, global sales and marketing expertise, and strategic planning skills. His career has evolved with the profession in a variety of roles including as press director, digital platform director, journal publisher, director of electronic publishing, vice president of sales, and marketing and society publisher. He was most recently the director of Cornell University Press—the first university press in America—overseeing a program that publishes 150 new books a year and features 3,400 e-books. He is a published author, poet, and freelance journalist. His book of poetry, American Boy (2000), is openly accessible. He published Never Easy, Never Pretty: A Fan, A City, A Championship Season (2013) with Temple University Press. He is an adjunct professor of publishing in the Masters in Professional Studies program at George Washington University. One of his all-time favorite moments was doing a public talk with John Cleese.  

Allison Belan

Allison C. Belan is the Director for Strategic Innovation and Services. Allison works to align all aspects of the Press’s book and journal publishing operations to build a digital presence that connects the world to Duke University Press’s scholarship. Allison began her publishing career as a compositor, typesetting books for Oxford, Yale, and Duke University Presses. After a stint as a web development project manager, she returned to publishing as the Journals Production Supervisor at Duke University Press. Her time in journal production provided fast education in digital publishing practice and strategy. She assumed her current role in 2011. When not building content and ecommerce platforms, she travels as much as she can, indulges her love of good food, and enjoys her mutt dog, Chili.

Rob Dilworth

Rob Dilworth has worked in scholarly publishing for over twenty-five years, with twenty of those years dedicated to working on journals. As Journals Director, Rob oversees the Press’s journals program and focuses on acquisitions of new titles and partnership management. He is dedicated to supporting the editorial vision of journal editors and the mission of scholarly societies and has a keen interest in sustainable business models for publications. He has actively participated in the American Association for University Presses, recently serving as the program chair for its annual conference.

Gisela Fosado

Gisela Fosado is the Editorial Director of Duke University Press and publishes books in a wide range of areas in the humanities and social sciences. She began her career at Duke University Press as Editorial Associate in 2010 and was named Editorial Director in 2020. Gisela holds an A.B. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology and a Certificate in Women's Studies from the University of Michigan. Before coming to Duke University Press in 2010, she served as the Associate Director for the Barnard Center for Research on Women.

Nancy Hoagland

Nancy Hoagland is the Director of Editing, Design, and Production for books and journals at the Press. She has worked in academic publishing for most of her career. She came to the Press in 2010 from Oxford University Press, where she worked for almost twenty-five years. She is responsible for planning, directing, and managing the publication schedules and costs of journals and new books, as well as for managing the reprints program. Her groups work collaboratively to publish all press content in various formats—print, electronic, and online—to high-quality standards, on time, and on budget.

Cason Lynley

Cason Lynley is the Director of Marketing, Sales, & Finance. She came to the Press in 1999 and, during that time, has held six different positions at the Press. The Marketing, Sales, & Finance department supports the Press’s overall mission of wide dissemination of scholarly books and journals while sustaining the long-term financial viability of the Press. Cason has served on the education and annual program committee for the Society for Scholarly Publishing for many years, including serving as co-chair for the SSP Annual Meeting Program Committee from 2018 through 2021. Prior to her time at the Press, Cason worked for Southern Progress Corporation, publisher of Southern Living and Southern Accents magazines. She received a MA in English with an emphasis in creative writing from North Carolina State University and holds a BA in English and Religion from Wake Forest University. In her spare time, she volunteers with animal rescue and enjoys walking and playing with her own four dogs.

Ken Wissoker

Ken Wissoker is the Senior Executive Editor of Duke University Press, acquiring books across the humanities, social sciences, and the arts. He joined the Press as an Acquisitions Editor in 1991; became Editor-in-Chief in 1997; and was named Editorial Director in 2005. In addition to his duties at the Press, he serves as Director of Intellectual Publics at The Graduate Center, CUNY in New York City. He has published over a thousand books that have won over one hundred prizes. He has written on publishing for the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Scholarly Kitchen, and Cinema Journal, and writes a column for the Japanese cultural studies journal 5. He speaks regularly on publishing at universities in the US and around the world. 

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