Manuscript Works was launched in 2015 by Laura Portwood-Stacer, PhD, with a mission to help scholars achieve clarity and confidence in their published work. I prize straightforward, empathetic feedback that takes the guesswork out of revision and publishing and makes clients feel that they can finish their manuscripts and put them out into the world.
I serve clients in media and communication studies, STS, cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, critical race and ethnic studies, sociology, information science, history, religious studies, and adjacent fields. My book clients have published with or are under contract with presses such as:
Princeton University Press
University of Chicago Press
Yale University Press
Duke University Press
The MIT Press
University of California Press
Cambridge University Press
Harvard University Press
Stanford University Press
New York University Press
University of North Carolina Press
University of Michigan Press
University of Massachusetts Press
Rutgers University Press
Temple University Press
Fordham University Press
The New Press
I hold a PhD in communication (with a certificate in gender studies) from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California. I am the author of Lifestyle Politics and Radical Activism, a book based on my dissertation, as well as scholarly articles appearing in publications such as New Media & Society, Journal of Consumer Culture, Feminist Theory, Sexualities, and Flow. From 2013 to 2018, I served as associate editor of the journal Feminist Media Studies, where I co-edited book reviews and the "Commentary & Criticism" section of the journal. I was also co-editor of a special issue on Internet Memes for the Journal of Visual Culture. I have extensive experience with the peer review process for several book presses and dozens of journals in the fields of media, communication, sociology, and cultural studies.
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