The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

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4/24- “Writing in Trying Times” with Ken Wissoker and Racquel Gates

Join for a conversation on all things publishing with Ken Wissoker, Senior Executive Editor at Duke University Press, and Racquel Gates, Associate Professor of Film at Columbia University. They will discuss the process of turning a dissertation into a book, what it is like to write your second book, and what to expect in the review process. Come with any questions you have about the process of publishing your work!


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Ken Wissoker is the Senior Executive Editor of Duke University Press, acquiring books in anthropology, cultural studies and social theory; globalization and post-colonial theory; Asian, African, and American studies; music, film and television; race, gender and sexuality; science studies; and other areas in the humanities, social sciences, media, 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.


Racquel Gates is an Associate Professor of Film at Columbia University. Her research focuses on race in popular culture, with a focus on history, theory, and aesthetics in film and television. She is the author of Double Negative: The Black Image and Popular Culture (Duke, 2018), and her work appears in both academic and popular publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Film Quarterly, as well as other journals and collections. In 2020, she was named an Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She is currently working on her next book manuscript, titled Hollywood Style and the Invention of Blackness.