My Job in Five: Dhara Snowden

My Job in Five: Dhara Snowden

Describe your role. 
I’m responsible for acquiring academic books across Humanities and Social Sciences. I work with academics conducting interdisciplinary research on topics and themes that deepen our understanding of the world today. This includes work on gender, the environment, resistance and protest, culture and society, politics, security and international relations. Working closely with the scholarly community, I help develop and curate this content in book form, for a wider readership. 

What do you enjoy about your role?
Partnering with a researcher or group of researchers working on scholarship from an underrepresented or new perspective is the most enjoyable part of my job. Using our platform to promote high-quality research from non-Western spaces, feminist and BAME academics and practitioners is important to me and to Rowman & Littlefield. 

What are you working on at the moment?
In these uncertain times, much like many other publishers, we’ve had to push back some of our key titles to release later in 2020. I am working on two very exciting projects, the first on the ICAN [International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons] and the anti-nuclear movement and the second on sport, globalisation and resistance. 

What skills do you need for your role?
It’s important to have a high level of organisation in this role. I’ll often have about 50-60 different book projects on the go, all at different stages and it feels a lot like spinning plates. A willingness to learn is very helpful, as much of the content I work with is specialised and unlikely to match my specific academic background (I’m a medieval studies graduate). 

What advice would you give to those looking to work in the industry?
Publishing as an industry is changing for the better. It’s becoming more transparent about pay, diversity and routes to entry. LinkedIn is a great resource to see examples of different career paths people in the industry have taken.