After a national search the UNM Press and College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences have announced Stephen Hull as the new director of UNM Press and professor of practice in publishing. Hull will take up the position on Sept. 17.
Hull has had a thirty-five year career in book publishing, the last nine as editor and publisher at the University Press of New England, at Dartmouth College. Hull began his career with the college division of Little, Brown & Co., before moving to Allyn & Bacon, a division of Simon and Schuster.
With independent publisher Zoland Books, Inc., Hull worked with important novelists, poets, and nonfiction writers, including Ha Jin, Sheila Kohler, Kevin Young, André Brink, and many others.
In 2002 he left to found the independent trade publisher Justin, Charles & Co. (named for his two sons), discovering and introducing writers such as Harry Shearer, Scarlett Thomas, Richard Marinick, and Boris Fishman, as well as publishing prize-winning authors such as Nina Fitzpatrick and Ken Bruen.
Hull says, “It is my view that innovative, creative endeavors in digital and print publishing are absolutely essential to the continued growth and vitality of the academic press.”
At the University Press of New England Hull founded several new series including “Seafaring America,” publishing original works, reissues, and anthologies bearing on America’s maritime heritage; and ForeEdge Books, a new imprint of general interest nonfiction with regional roots and national resonance. Since 2014 ForeEdge has grown to publish twenty-four titles a year in history, politics, science, music, and sports.
“I believe University of New Mexico Press is in a better position than most to address the challenges and opportunities of academic press publishing. UNMP is one of a group of state university presses with a focused list of depth and quality; a robust infrastructure; and a longstanding reputation for excellence.” Hull states.
UNM Press has served New Mexico since 1929 and is a well-known and respected publisher with many award-winning books to their credit. Their specialties include anthropology, archaeology, indigenous studies, Latin American studies, American studies, Chicana/o studies, art, architecture, and the history, literature, ecology, and cultures of the American West.
Hull will be welcomed with a reception on October 2 at at 4pm in Hodgin Hall. The entire UNM community is invited to attend.