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Dissertation to book: Success stories and strategies from the field -A Panel of the University of Illinois Press Publishing Symposium
What goes into transforming a successful dissertation into a successful book? In this panel, three authors share their stories and their strategies for building on the dissertation toward book publication. Panelists will describe how they reconceptualized and repurposed the dissertation, often through new research, an expanded scope, new governing arguments, and/or significant restructuring. They will share how they navigated the peer review and revision process, and how the project evolved in the course of that process. They will also share tips, advice, and lessons learned.

Chair: Laurie Matheson
Panelists: Thomas A. Castillo, Erin L. Durban, Mirelsie Velázquez

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Apr 6, 2023 04:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Laurie Matheson
Director @University of Illinois press
Thomas A Castillo
Associate Professor in History @Coastal Carolina University
He is the author of Working in the Magic City: Moral Economy in Early Twentieth Century Miami (University of Illinois Press, June 2022). He is also currently working on a history of the right to work. He has published in several journals and venues, including Counterpunch, Metropole, Labor History, Labor: Working Class History of the Americas, Journal of American History, and the Florida Historical Quarterly.
Erin L. Durban
Assistant Professor of Anthropology @University of Minnesota
Durban is the author of The Sexual Politics of Empire: Postcolonial Homophobia in Haiti (University of Illinois Press, 2022), which won the National Women’s Studies Association–UIP First Book Prize.
Mirelsie Velázquez
Associate professor of Latina/o Studies @University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
As an interdisciplinary scholar, her work centers on the history of education, women's history, Puerto Rican studies, gender and sexuality, and teacher education. Her book, Puerto Rican Chicago: Schooling the City, 1940-1977 (University of Illinois Press 2022), chronicles the Puerto Rican community’s response to the urban decay in which they were forced to live, work, and especially learn.