Bristol University Press, the new university press encompassing the Policy Press imprint, has appointed Palgrave Macmillan's Stephen Wenham and Paul Stevens to "drive the publisher’s expansion into new and emerging subject areas".
Wenham and Stevens, both formerly of Palgrave Macmillan, will be joining BUP in early April to lead the new commissioning in politics and international relations, and economics, business and management, respectively. Both will report into head of commissioning, Victoria Pittman, with indirect lines into director Alison Shaw.
Wenham, joining as publisher, is a University of Bristol graduate himself who rose through the editorial ranks at Palgrave to lead Palgrave’s politics and international relations list.
"I am delighted to be joining Bristol University Press", Wenham said. "Bristol is a beacon of creativity and openness and I look forward to working with the team to develop a publishing programme that will engage with the challenges and opportunities of today."
Stevens, who joins as senior commissioning editor, led both the psychology and linguistics lists at Palgrave, and prior to Palgrave, developed his editorial skills at Pearson where he worked on leading business and management texts, and previously Cambridge University Press.
Stevens said: "At a time of political and economic upheaval, there is a clear opportunity to present new ideas that will help to challenge and reshape the mainstream. I’m delighted to be joining BUP, and I look forward to working with the academic community in bringing these ideas to fellow scholars, students, practitioners and the general public."
In support of the expanded commissioning activity, BUP has also hired former Taylor and Francis staffers Shannon Kneis and Jamie Askew as editorial assistants, to provide support to a range of lists across PP and BUP imprints.
Shaw said: "This is a wonderful moment for The Press, as we bring great publishing talent into our team to expand our subject remit and enhance our ability to serve the academic community and wider readership. I just can’t wait for us to get started."