|John Ackerman's office in the Cornell University Press|
building (Sage House), featuring covers of books
by some of his authors.
Ackerman studied Russian/Soviet history at Stanford and has acquired, edited and published some of the seminal works in the fields of East-Central European and Russian/Soviet history and literature, including Ivo Banac's The National Question in Yugoslavia and With Stalin against Tito, Wendy Bracewell's The Uskoks of Senj, Roman Koropeckyj's Adam Mickiewicz, Mark Thompson's book on Danilo Kiš, Birth Certificate, Yuri Slezkine's Arctic Mirrors, Laura Engelstein's The Keys to Happiness, Lewis Siegelbaum's Cars for Comrades, and Valerie Kivelson's Cartographies of Tsardom. He has also published works by some of the younger scholars featured on this blog, including James Ward's biography of Jozef Tiso, Priest, Politician, Collaborator, and Claudia Verhoeven's The Odd Man Karakazov.
How Ackerman goes about the process of editing (1:35:49) -- See the "Artifacts" page for a photo and description of Ackerman's editing pencil
How Ackerman envisions an ideal future for academic publishing (1:54:29)
Ackerman's sense of how readers and readerships have changed over the past few decades (2:04:48)
What Ackerman wants for the books he publishes (2:10:23)
To access interview, click here: http://hdl.handle.net/1813/33737