Parneshia Jones Named Director of Northwestern University Press

Parneshia Jones, editor of the Northwestern University Press (NUP) for the last two decades, has been named its new director, Dean of the Libraries Sarah M. Pritchard announced in a Northwestern University press release.

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“She is the ideal leader both to build on NUP’s traditional strengths and to continue the advances that the Press has made in Black studies, critical ethnic studies, performance studies and other subjects that enhance the University’s academic mission and commitment to social justice and inclusion,” Pritchard said.

This makes Jones one of only two Black women currently leading a university press. She begins her new role Sept. 21.

Jones joined NUP in 2003 as a marketing assistant and served in several larger positions over time. She also “revitalized the Press’s storied TriQuarterly imprint, developing its award-winning poetry list.”