Peter J. Dougherty was appointed Director of Princeton University Press
at the March 2005 meeting of the Press' board of trustees. "We sought an
individual of broad editorial vision and were fortunate
that the field of candidates was rich in such talents. Happily,
however, we found Walter Lippincott's successor right here at
Princeton," said W. Drake McFeely, chair of the Press' board.
"Peter Dougherty has been instrumental in the Press' success over the
past 13 years," he continued. "More than that, his 33 years of
experience in publishing affords him a clear vision of how to build on
Walter's great achievements. I am delighted that he has agreed to lead
the Press into its second century."
McFeely, president and chair of W.W. Norton in New York, co-chaired the
search committee with Princeton University Provost Christopher
Eisgruber, who added, "Peter Dougherty will be a great leader for the
Princeton University Press. He has distinguished himself as a brilliant
editor of books about economics, and his list of authors and titles in
that field is the envy of every other university press.
"Peter has a subtle appreciation for the kind of books that a
university press should publish and he knows how to get them," said
Eisgruber, who serves on the Press' board of trustees and chairs the
board's executive committee. "He impressed the search committee with
his distinctive editorial vision for the Press and by his perceptive
insights into management strategy. I very much look forward to working
with him to sustain the healthy relationship between the Press and the
University. I am confident that he will build magnificently on the
wonderful foundation laid by Walter Lippincott's formidable leadership
of the Press."
Dougherty joined the Princeton University Press in 1992 as senior
economics editor and later was promoted to group publisher for the
social sciences. He publishes books in economics, economic sociology,
economic history, higher education and public affairs. In addition, he
supervises editors in political science and sociology.
The set of books for which he is responsible is considered among the
most academically distinguished and financially robust lists to emerge
in the past decade in university press publishing. Dougherty's cadre of
published authors and editors consists of some of the most noted social
scientists in the world, including seven Nobel prize-winning
economists. Among the most celebrated books on his Princeton list are:
Robert J. Shiller's 2000 international bestseller, Irrational
Exuberance, William G. Bowen and Derek Bok's The Shape of the River:Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions, Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever's Women Don't Ask:
Negotiation and the Gender Divide, Joel Mokyr's Gifts of Athena:
Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy, Harold Kuhn and Sylvia
Nasar's The Essential John Nash, William G. Bowen and James L.
Shulman's The Game of Life: College Athletics and Educational Values
and Kenneth Pomeranz's The Great Divergence: China, Europe and the
Making of the Modern World Economy.
"I am thrilled and honored to be succeeding Walter Lippincott as
director of Princeton University Press, my publishing home, and that of
my authors, for these past 13 years," Dougherty said. "I look forward
with the greatest enthusiasm to working with my colleagues, our
trustees and editorial board, and our authors and advisers both within
the Princeton community and around the world to set the standard for
international scholarly publishing in the years to come."
A 1971 graduate of LaSalle College, Dougherty began his publishing
career as a college textbook salesperson for Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
in 1972 and was named sociology editor at Harcourt in 1979. Before
coming to Princeton, he served as an editor at McGraw-Hill, W.H.
Freeman, St. Martin's Press, Basil Blackwell and The Free Press. A
member of the American Economic Association, he also is active in the
American Association of University Presses.
Dougherty writes and lectures often about social science publishing and
occasionally about economic culture and the culture of economics. His
articles have appeared in The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times,
The Chronicle Review of The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Journal
of Economic Literature, The Journal of Scholarly Publishing, World
Economics, The American Sociologist and elsewhere.
Dougherty's first book, Who's Afraid of Adam Smith," was published by
John Wiley and Sons in 2002, and has received favorable reviews in The
Wall Street Journal and other publications. A paperback edition is due
in April 2005.
Princeton University Press, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary
in 2005, is one of the country's largest and oldest university presses.
The Press publishes some 200 new books in hardcover each year and
another 90 paperback reprints. With a goal to disseminate scholarship
both within academia and to society at large, the Press produces
publications that range across more than 40 disciplines, from art
history to ornithology and political science to philosophy.
The Press is an independent publisher with close connections, both
formal and informal, to Princeton University. Its five-member editorial
board, which makes controlling decisions about which books will bear
the Press' imprint, is appointed from the faculty by the president of
the University, and nine of the 15 members of the Press' Board of Trustees must
have a Princeton University connection.
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