Meet Our Editors

Al Bertrand, Director

I acquire books on Christian ethics; Catholicism and the Jesuits; African-American History and Religion; and Washington, DC. I’m especially interested in books that spark public conversations about crucial issues and topics. I’m the editor responsible for the Moral Traditions series in Christian Ethics and the Race, Religion and Politics series edited by Terrence Johnson at Georgetown University.

Some recent and forthcoming publications include Cathonomics by Anthony Annett; Blacks and Jews in America by Jacques Berlinerblau and Terrence Johnson; The Aesthetics of Solidarity by Nichole Flores; Voices of the Border, edited by Tobin Hansen and Engracia Róbles Róbles; Reenvisioning Sexual Ethics by Karen Peterson-Iyer; and The End of Asylum by Andrew Schoenholtz, Jaya Ramji-Nogales, and Philip Schrag.

Hilary Claggett, Senior Acquisitions Editor

I acquire books that tackle the transformation of the global economy wrought by advances in artificial intelligence, automation and robotics (“future of work”); disruption of global supply chains; FinTech and digital currencies; the sharing economy; the gig economy; the underground economy; income inequality; and climate change and sustainability. All these subjects are held together by a recognition that business, politics, and international affairs are interrelated, and that global business exists not merely to generate revenue but also, sometimes, to serve society.

I’ve spent two decades acquiring serious nonfiction and what I enjoy most about my job is meeting new people, whether experienced or first-time authors, facilitating the clearest expression and organization of their ideas, and helping them reach their audience.

Donald Jacobs, Senior Acquisitions Editor

I acquire books that analyze the past, present, and future of the international system, foreign policy, and statecraft. Themes and topics of particular interest to me include the causes and consequences of war, the conditions that lead to peace, intelligence as a missing dimension of statecraft, emerging technologies and security, the Indo-Pacific region, human rights, and ethics in international affairs. I am especially interested in authors who can bridge the theory-practice divide by writing for a broad public audience that is conversant in world affairs, history, and contemporary policy debates. I also love acquiring general interest books about the history and culture of the Washington, DC region. My acquisitions for the press include Robert Wallace and H. Keith Melton with Henry R. Schlesinger, Spy Sites of Washington, DC: A Guide to the Capital Region's Secret History; James M. Olson, To Catch a Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence; Roger Z. George and Harvey Rishikof, editors, The National Security Enterprise: Navigating the Labyrinth; Nadia Schadlow, War and the Art of Governance: Consolidating Combat Success into Political Victory; Oscar Jonsson, The Russian Understanding of War: Blurring the Lines between War and Peace; John DeFerrari and Douglas Peter Sefton, Sixteenth Street NW: Washington, DC’s Avenue of Ambitions; and Kerry F. Crawford and Leah C. Windsor, The Ph.D. Parenthood Trap: Caught between Work and Family in Academia.

Hope LeGro, Assistant Director of the Press, Director of Georgetown Languages

I publish books for learning and teaching world languages, in applied linguistics, and about the history and culture of Washington, DC, and the Mid-Atlantic region. I am the lead editor for the press’s Al-Kitaab Arabic language learning program and develop textbooks in a wide range of languages, with and without multimedia. For books on world languages, I seek books that are based in current pedagogy scholarship and that present a creative approach to learning the language. I also seek applied linguistics and sociolinguistics books that either address world language teachers’ needs or address topics that historically have been marginalized. For books about Washington, DC, and the region, I am interested in books that illuminate forgotten or lost history and books that give the world a better understanding of the people of DC. I have a special interest in books that reveal the importance of the arts and artists in DC, including music, performing arts, visual arts, and writing.

Across all of my publishing areas, I am especially interested in proposals that address historically underrepresented groups and in authors from historically underrepresented groups. I enjoy talking with authors at all stages of the process and in fostering new authors through publication.