Join a panel of first-gen authors to learn about their publishing experiences, followed by a presentation and Q&A with UC Press editors about common publishing topics, such as choosing the right publisher; preparing a book proposal; how the peer review and Editorial Committee process works; revising your manuscript; and working with publishers to promote your book. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions. A recording will be made available after the event.

FirstGen Authors Panel
Join to learn about experiences with book publishing.


  • Long Bui, director of First Gen Faculty Initiative and associate professor of global studies, University of California, Irvine


  • Anita Casavantes Bradford, professor of Chicano/Latino Studies, University of California, Irvine
  • Ma Vang, associate professor of critical race and ethnic studies, University of California, Merced
  • Mohamed Abumaye, assistant professor of sociology, California State University, San Marcos

UC Press Editors
Key aspects of the publishing process will be discussed. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions. 

Topics include:

  • choosing the right publisher
  • preparing a book proposal
  • understanding how the peer review and Editorial Committee process works
  • revising your manuscript
  • working with publishers to promote your book


  • Raina Polivka, editor for music, film, media studies
  • Archna Patel, associate editor for art history
  • Kate Marshall, editor for anthropology, food studies, and Latin American studies
  • Niels Hooper, executive editor for history, American studies, Middle East studies 

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