New book series: Call for manuscripts

NGOgraphies: Ethnographic Reflections on NGOs book series

Series editors:

David Lewis and Mark Schuller

Editorial board:

Sonia E. Alvarez (U Mass Amherst), Michael Barnett (The George Washington University), Erica Bornstein (U Wisconsin Milwaukee), Inderpal Grewal (Yale University), Lamia Karim (University of Oregon), Anke Schwittay (University of Sussex), Aradhana Sharma (Wesleyan University), and Thomas Yarrow (Durham University)

NGOs are ripe subjects for a renewed anthropological inquiry that can advance the conversation between scholars and practitioners beyond the “evaluative” approach that has characterized much of the social science work to date. NGOgraphies books present ethnographic field research, a global/comparative frame of study, and a holistic view that connects NGOs with other aspects of sociocultural realities. The series offers state-of-the-art topical and reflective monographs and edited collections by both established and emerging scholars.

Please contact David Lewis ([email protected]) and Mark Schuller ([email protected]).

David Lewis is Professor of Social Policy and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. An anthropologist by training, he has undertaken fieldwork in Bangladesh, the Philippines, and Nepal and has longstanding research interest in the non-governmental sector. He is author of Bangladesh: Politics, Economy and Civil Society (2011) and Non-Governmental Organizations, Management and Development (2014), co-author of Anthropology and Development: Challenges for the Twenty-First Century (2015), and co-editor of Development Brokers and Translators: The Ethnography of Aid and Agencies (2006). Lewis has also advised development NGOs such as Oxfam, Save the Children, BRAC and UK Department for International Development (DFID).

Mark Schuller is Associate Professor of Anthropology and NGO Leadership and Development at Northern Illinois University and affiliate at the Faculté d’Ethnologie, l’Université d’État d’Haïti. Schuller is the 2015 recipient of the American Anthropological Association’s Margaret Mead Award. His research on NGOs, globalization, disasters, and gender in Haiti has been published in two dozen book chapters and peer-reviewed articles as well as public media, including a column in Huffington Post. He is the author of two monographs, including Humanitarian Aftershocks in Haiti (forthcoming), and coeditor of five volumes, including Tectonic Shifts: Haiti since the Earthquake (2012). He is co-director/co-producer of the documentary Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy (2009). Schuller is also coeditor of the book series Catastrophes in Context: A Series in Engaged Social Science on Disasters, board chair of the Lambi Fund of Haiti, and active in several solidarity efforts.

Acquisitions Editor for the University of Alabama Press: Wendi Schnaufer ([email protected])


If you are interested in submitting a proposal, it would be most helpful if you would supply:

  • a cover letter
  • a prospectus including an accessibly written description of your work, its argument, significance, scope, and methodology; its intended audience; the length or anticipated length of the manuscript (ideally a word count), the number or anticipated number of illustrations, and the anticipated date of completion if your work is still in progress
  • a detailed table of contents
  • a description of competitive titles (author, title, publisher, year) and how your book differs from them
  • a list of potential peer reviewers, and information about why you believe they would be appropriate readers
  • a curriculum vitae

If available, please also send:

  • an introduction
  • and/or a sample chapter or two