Johns Hopkins University Press is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Sherburn Demers has been named senior acquisitions editor for American history and politics. Demers has over 15 years of experience in scholarly and commercial book publishing. She will join the Books Division’s editorial department of eight full-time editors and assistants responsible for acquiring and publishing approximately 175 new titles annually.
Demers replaces Robert J. Brugger, who has served as the Press’ senior acquisitions editor for American history for the last 25 years and has transitioned to his new role as editor emeritus. She also replaces Suzanne K. Flinchbaugh, who served as the Press’ associate editor for political science before joining CQ Sage Press in summer 2014.
“Elizabeth has a terrific track record as an editor and publisher. She brings an energy and keen scholarly eye to her new role as senior acquisitions editor,” said Editorial Director Greg Britton. “In her work, Elizabeth has demonstrated the ability to shape ideas into books that matter. She shares our staff’s enthusiasm for innovative publishing, and her experience will help us continue to build on past strengths as well as to develop new ones. We are very pleased to welcome Elizabeth to the JHU Press and to Baltimore.”
Prior to her appointment at Johns Hopkins, Demers acquired books in American cultural history, the history of science and technology, and military history for Zenith Press, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group. While managing her own acquisitions list, she also co-edited the Encyclopedia of Populism in America (ABC-CLIO), a monumental print and digital reference work with contributions from 150 authors. Demers has also previously worked at Potomac Books, Greenwood Press, University of Nebraska Press (where she was editor-in-chief), and Michigan State University Press.
Demers is a three-time graduate of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, and completed a doctorate in American colonial history while launching her career in publishing. She is also an accomplished athlete and voice actor.
“I am delighted at the opportunity to work with Johns Hopkins University Press,” Demers said, “my academic and acquisitions backgrounds are a strong fit for the Press’ list, and I look forward to joining the Hopkins team.”
Established in 1878, Johns Hopkins University Press is America’s oldest university press and one of the world’s largest, publishing 90 scholarly journals and nearly 175 new books each year. The Press also manages Project MUSE, the acclaimed online collection of scholarly journals and books.