Evanston, IL— Northwestern University Press is pleased to announce the hires of Faith Wilson Stein as senior acquisitions editor (scholarly) and Kirsten Markusic as digital content and systems coordinator, effective August 2, 2021, and Marisa Siegel as senior acquisitions editor (trade), effective September 7, 2021.
Faith Wilson Stein joins NU Press from Stanford University Press, where she served as associate editor for literature, philosophy, and religion. In addition to supporting the executive editor for the humanities there, she acquired mainly in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British and US literary studies, political theory, and religious philosophy and oversaw SUP’s renowned series The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche. Faith was previously the acquiring editor in Russian studies at Academic Studies Press, where she launched the Central Asian Literatures in Translation series, and before that was managing editor of Slavic Review. She holds a PhD in comparative literature, with a focus in English, Russian, and French, from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, having earned a BA in comparative literature, with a minor in Russian, from the University of California, Berkeley.
Kirsten Markusic was born and raised in the small town of Whiting, Indiana, where she currently resides, with plans to relocate to the Chicago area. She received a bachelor’s in sociology and a master’s in history from Purdue University Northwest, where she learned about the importance of access to information, and recently completed a master’s in library and information science at Wayne State University. Kirsten has experience working in private and public information sectors spearheading the digitization and cataloging initiative as the corporate historian for Centier Bank in Merrillville, Indiana, and developing digital resources as a youth services librarian at the Hammond Public Library in Hammond, Indiana.
Marisa Siegel lives, writes, and edits north of NYC but will be moving to the Chicago area later this year. She holds a BA in liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in poetry from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Her essay “Inherited Anger” appears in the anthology Burn It Down (Seal Press, 2019), and her debut poetry chapbook, Fixed Stars, is forthcoming from Burrow Press in March 2022. After serving as managing editor of The Rumpus for four years, she took the helm as owner and editor in chief in January 2017 and has since worked to make the magazine a platform for marginalized voices and “stories that build bridges, tear down walls, and speak truth to power.” Find her on Twitter at @marisasaystweet.
Northwestern University Press Director Parneshia Jones said, “Northwestern University Press has always prided itself on what it historically does best, but the idea of ‘best’ has evolved. Faith, Marisa, and Kirsten join NUP in its new idea of what we do best—in publishing, close and global conversations, and in our commitment to the humanities. They join our dynamic team that supports one another. They are part of our renaissance moment, during a time when we are having vital conversations about our world communities and moving toward being in-person once again and exchanging ideas. Faith’s humanity eyes, Marisa’s “rumpus” curiosity, and Kirsten’s artistic technology savvy will no doubt define the best of Northwestern University Press.”
Founded in 1893, Northwestern University Press publishes works of enduring scholarly and cultural value, extending the university’s mission to a community of readers throughout the world. The Press has an international reputation for publishing translations of scholarly work as well as fiction, drama, and poetry.