Whitney Publishing Project

Helping scholars navigate the publication process—from first article to first book and beyond.

Since 2022, the Whitney Publishing Project has supported humanities publishing in a variety of ways: workshops, editors-in-residence, and grants for faculty editing major journals. The project is headed by our deputy director, Diane Berrett Brown, who brings decades of experience as an editor for scholarly publications, including Diacritics.

Celebrating the humanities, one book at a time.

The Whitney Publishing Project supports faculty at all stages of the publication process, including when it comes time to celebrate. In 2023, we launched the Humanities Faculty Bookshelf, a virtual exhibit of faculty scholarship displayed on the monitors in the Humanities Quadrangle. This digital bookshelf shows a colorful rotation of slides featuring the covers of recently published and forthcoming books in the humanities by Yale authors. Communications officer Megan O’Donnell runs the bookshelf with help from our team of Graduate Professional Experience Fellows.

Have you recently published a book?

We are currently featuring books published in 2023 and 2024. Faculty members who wish to see their book displayed should email whitneyhumanitiescenter@yale.edu with the subject line: Humanities Faculty Bookshelf. Please include a high-resolution image of the book cover.


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Our next editor-in-residence, Sharmila Sen, will join the Whitney Publishing Project from February 26 through March 1.

Sharmila Sen is the Editorial Director and Director of Special Initiatives at Harvard University Press, where she strategizes and oversees their overall book acquisitions program. She welcomes books that make lasting contributions to several fields in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Her recent signings include books on a diverse range of topics—wealth and animal behavior, how the British slave trade shaped modern medicine and health care, the sexiness of consent, political correctness as an accusation, the misunderstood effects of family structure on life outcomes for Black youth, a synthetic biologist’s surprising account of our beloved eukaryote Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a political theorist’s timely reassessment of the notorious psychobiography of Woodrow Wilson, how New York publishers accidentally invented world literature, the untold story behind the greatest literary biography of the twentieth century (Ellmann’s James Joyce), and a curated collection of queer poems by one of America’s leading poetry critics.