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Meet our Authors: Erwin J. Warkentin - November 2017 14 November 2017

Erwin J. Warkentin received his PhD from the University of Alberta in German Language and Literature in 1995, having written his dissertation on the author of Draußen vor der Tür (The Man Outside), Wolfgang Borchert.

It was while conducting research in the Borchert Archives at the University of Hamburg in 1992 that he came across some books in Borchert’s personal library that indicated they were published under license of the Office of Military Government, United States (OMGUS) and the Information Control Division (ICD). This in turn, gave rise to his interest in information control in post-war Germany.

Erwin has since published extensively on post-war German literature and culture, and his book Unpublishable Works: Wolfgang Borchert's Literary Production in Nazi Germany was the first English language biography of Borchert, which has helped to spark a renewal of interest in this important author and playwright.

Since arriving at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he is currently an Associate Professor of German and an Associate Professor of Communications, he has broadened his scholarly interests to include propaganda and persuasion

Under Cambridge Scholars, Erwin has authored The History of U.S. Information Control in Post-War Germany: The Past Imperfect, which is not only the first historical overview of the activities of the ICD and the methods they employed, but also offers a unique perspective on how the US occupation utilised academics to vet potential candidates for media licenses in Germany. Here he describes the experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars:


I chose to publish with Cambridge Scholars Publishing because I had heard from colleagues that the process was thoroughly professional and that the people I would work with would take care to provide the best end product possible. I was not disappointed with their efficiency and everyone I dealt with made the experience as pleasant as possible. The results of the publication of my book, The History of U.S. Information Control in Post-War Germany: The Past Imperfect, have surprised me to some extent. While I expected others to comment on my work, I did not expect the volume of responses and opportunities that I now have to work collaboratively with others from many different disciplines as varied as music, journalism and psychology (to mention just a few), and from a number of different countries. To me, it demonstrated the breadth of reach that Cambridge Scholars Publishing has in academia around the world.


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Meet our Authors: Ali Shehata Abdou Selim - November 2017 14 November 2017

Dr Ali Shehata Abdou Selim is a senior member of staff at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland. He is currently a guest lecturer at Smurfit College, University College Dublin, and Chairperson of the Irish Muslim Board.  Ali also lectures in Arabic at Trinity College, Dublin, having taught Arabic to a number of Irish politicians and members of the business community. He has an extensive background in Islamic and Faith Studies, with a Bachelor’s Degree from Al-Azhar University, Egypt, and an MA and a PhD in Ecumenics from Trinity College Dublin.

As a Muslim spokesperson in Ireland, he has written articles for The Irish Times and Spectrum, and is also the editor of Ar-Resalah magazine. Ali is the official translator for the European Council for Fatwa and Research, and translates their annual final statements. He also recently translated the book The Muslim as a European Citizen in to English.

Ali previously served as the secretary to the Imam at the Islamic Cultural Centre, Dublin, and as the Secretary General of the Irish Council of Imams. This led to his academic career as a Lecturer on Islam and Multiculturalism at the Mater Dei Institute, Dublin.

His publications include The Muslim as a European Citizen (2012) and Muslims and Educational Challenges in Ireland (2014). Ali published The Concept of Coexistence in Islamic Primary Sources: An Analytical Examination with Cambridge Scholars in 2015, and here he explains why he chose to publish with us:

When I received my PhD degree, I thought of turning my thesis “The Concept of Coexistence in Islamic Primary Sources, An Analytical Examination” into a book, as advised by my external examiner. Realising the limited number of publications in my area, I looked into the matter seriously. I contacted a number of academic colleagues and one of them shared with me her wonderful experience with Cambridge Scholars. I took the initiative and made the first contact, and got a prompt but professional response. It was my first and most memorable experience of publication. The communication with everyone at Cambridge Scholars was friendly and efficient. This experience encouraged me to proceed with further publications, the most recent of which are Educational Exclusion: A Fundamental Layer of Social Exclusion and The Islamic Law of Worship.”


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Meet our Authors: Bob East – October 2017 13 October 2017

Dr Bob East is an independent Australian author and researcher. He gained his Doctorate of Philosophy in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia, in 2010. He currently lives on a rural property in south-east Queensland.

Bob’s main focus of research is the Abu Sayyaf—the terrorist organisation in the southern Philippines. He travels to the Philippines every year for varying periods of time for research purposes and to catch up with colleagues. He is married to a Filipina, Maria, who speaks five of their languages, which helps with his research.

He has published three books with Cambridge Scholars, the first of which was Terror Truncated: The Decline of the Abu Sayyaf Group from the Crucial Year 2002 (2013). This was followed up in 2015 by 472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf: The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell, a story of modern day survival which is “a true inspiration” according to senior journalist David Richardson of Australia’s Seven News.


In 2016 he published The Neo Abu Sayyaf: Criminality in the Sulu Archipelago of the Republic of the Philippines, in which Dr Peter Sales of the University of Wollongong says Bob “manages to cast light on a truly frightening situation”.

Bob now has another book under contract with Cambridge Scholars, tentatively titled Piracy in the Philippines: The Abu Sayyaf Adds a New Dimension to Terror, and as a returning author he explains why he has chosen to publish with us on a number of occasions:

When I wrote my first book, The Decline of the Abu Sayyaf Group from the Crucial Year 2002, I approached Cambridge Scholars Publishing and was pleasantly surprised to find they were interested in my topic of research. The Abu Sayyaf is not all that well known in the academic world. I was asked to submit certain data with my proposal and after a very short period of time I was offered a contract. The same happened with my two later books. I find the editing and publishing people at Cambridge Scholars Publishing to be very helpful. What did surprise me—and still does—is the quick turnaround from proposal to publishing. Inter alia, my three books are now included in the libraries of eight out of the top ten universities in the world. Of course, they are also available in other venues: a testament to the excellent marketing by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. I salute Cambridge Scholars’ professionalism.


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Meet our Authors: Bootheina Majoul – October 2017 13 October 2017

Bootheina Majoul is currently an Assistant Professor of English Studies at the Higher Institute of Applied Languages of Béja at the University of Jandouba, Tunisia. She holds an MA in Cross Cultural Poetics from the University of Carthage. and received her PhD in English Literature from Manouba University, Tunisia.

Bootheina has 17 years of teaching experience at six Tunisian institutions, and has taught EFL to young learners, general English, English for sciences, English for engineering, business English, English for maths, communication and presentation skills, British civilisation, translation, the history of British literature, British and American novels, literary theories and criticisms, film studies, and drama workshops.

She is the author of Doris Lessing: Poetics of Being and Time (2016), The Genetic and Generic Affiliations of Rushdie’s Satire in Midnight’s Children (2017), and On Trauma and Traumatic Memory (2017), as well as several academic articles and five collections of poems.


Bootheina serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies, and is a member of various bodies including the Doris Lessing Society (Ontario, Canada), the Tunisian Association of E-Learning (Tunisian Virtual University), and the research unit “Language and Cultural Forms” (University of Carthage).

Bootheina describes the experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars:

When I wrote my first book, Doris Lessing: Poetics of Being and Time, I only considered submitting it to Cambridge Scholars, because they are a prestigious and quite selective publishing house. The staff are amazing; they accompanied me at every step, and their patience, collaboration and guidance were assets throughout the publishing process. I have since also published an edited volume, On Trauma and Traumatic Memory, with them, and I intend to continue publishing with Cambridge Scholars in the future (I have recently submitted a new proposal). I highly recommend Cambridge Scholars to every scholar who is looking for international recognition. I was so proud when friends from the USA, UK, Canada and elsewhere across the world sent me messages to say that they had come across my book at their respective universities. I congratulate Cambridge Scholars’ professional staff and thank them for all their attentiveness and patience with me all along the publishing process.


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Meet our Authors: Marcienne Martin – September 2017 14 September 2017

Marcienne Martin holds a PhD in Language Sciences and is currently Associate Researcher at the ORACLE Laboratory, based at the University of Reunion Island. She has lectured on onomastics and ICT at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, as well as in Europe and Canada. She is the author of a number of books in French, the most recent of which include Words and Fiction (2015), Le temps minéral (2015), Étude du paria - Brebis galeuse ou enfant prodige? (2015), and La nomination dans l'art : Étude des oeuvres de Mircea Bochis, peintre et sculpteur (2017).

She received a special mention for a Session’s Best Paper at the 7th International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics (2016), a conference organised by the International Institute of Informatics and Systemics, for her paper titled The Pseudonym on the Internet: Identity Creation and Space of Freedom, and she has also written articles related to these research areas. Marcienne has participated in several art projects, including MEDIO-MONTE's Socialisation Society (a project of the European Union, created by Romanian artist Mircea Bochis) and FIFE 2014 (French-English Poetry Festival).

Marcienne is a returning author with Cambridge Scholars and has authored two books: A Name To Exist: The Example of the Pseudonym on the Internet (2016) and, more recently, The Pariah in Contemporary Society: A Black Sheep or a Prodigal Child? (2017).


Marcienne explains how she came to publish her first title with Cambridge Scholars and describes the experience:

I chose Cambridge Scholars due to the great interest that this publishing house had in my research, which came to be published in my book ‘A Name To Exist: The Example of the Pseudonym on the Internet’. The research in this book derives from my thesis, the theme of which was articulated around the pseudonym on the internet. I was grateful to the people I communicated with, who responded to any demand concerning the publication itself. My experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars has also allowed me to disseminate my work in a much more important way throughout the world than I had been able to before.


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Meet our Authors: Andrea Vicini – September 2017 14 September 2017

Dr Andrea Vicini is currently a manager in an industrial company, and has developed relevant professional experience working in international and domestic companies, internal auditing, compliance, risk management and finance control. He is also a member of professional organisations focused on the study of economic and policy questions, such as the Economist Intelligence Unit.

He holds a Master’s in Business Administration and is a member of the Italian Association of Internal Auditors, where he participates in meetings, seminars, and debates on economic and managerial questions, including the development of innovative new technology and start-ups.

In 2015, he obtained a PhD in Economics from the Swiss Management Centre University, where he developed a research project about technology, innovations and employment. He is currently an editorial board member of the International Journal of Energy, Environment and Economics.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Andrea has authored Technological Innovation and the Effect of the Employment on the EU Countries, in which he challenges the old paradigm of ‘innovation means unemployment’, which has dominated the economic debate for centuries.

Andrea explains why he chose to publish a controversial book concerning technological innovation and employment with Cambridge Scholars:

When I was exploring possible publishers for my book proposal, it was especially important that the publisher could demonstrate that they were of a high calibre. Over the last twenty years, due to the diffusion of the internet, there has been an exponential growth in the flow of information available to everyone. However, there has been a corresponding decrease in the quality of knowledge, in relative terms. In the same vein, it is fundamental to have a publisher like Cambridge Scholars Publishing who have a high standard and reputation, who deeply care about the rigour of research and the quality of the book. This is particularly remarkable for authors who are not part of the dominant way of thinking, the so-called mainstream. As such, the publisher’s reputation was an excellent asset to transmitting thoughts and opinions into the global world. After the book was published, my professional contacts multiplied on a global scale, as did the requests I received to participate in research projects, study groups, and think tanks. What I appreciated from Cambridge Scholars Publishing was their professionalism and the attention they provided the author, their objectivity in evaluating the manuscript, and the high standard that they reserve for the author’s work, which is considered to be a scientific book and not a consumer product. All of the aspects described above are vectors of a target which is a genuine diffusion of knowledge.”


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Meet our Authors: Ron D. Petitte – August 2017 14 August 2017

Ron D. Petitte serves as Dean of the Honors Institute at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, USA, which includes the Center for Leadership & Justice and the Center for Undergraduate Research. Ron is also a tenured, full professor of Politics and Government, at Bryan College. A retired U.S. Army Colonel and graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), he served as a technical advisor for 20th Century Fox on the Academy Award-winning film, Patton.

He took his Master’s and doctorate at Central Michigan and Golden Gate Universities, USA, respectively. Ron is a recipient of the George Washington Honor Medal, awarded by Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

Selected as Teacher of the Year by Bryan College and recognised with dual awards for his teaching abilities by the American Political Science Association and the National Political Science Honor Society, Dr Petitte was recently chosen as Scholar of the Year by Bryan College, for Civilization at Risk: Seeds of Strife. His doctoral dissertation, One Hundred Years of Leadership in Administration, was selected for inclusion in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, as well as the George C. Marshall Research Library.

Ron published Civilization at Risk: Seeds of Strife, his first book with Cambridge Scholars, in 2013, and which was described as “a profound wake-up call to the horrible worldwide reality of human trafficking, particularly as it affects women and girls” by Judge Bruce J. Einhorn, Professor of Law at Pepperdine University, USA. The follow-up, Civilization at Risk: Seeds of War, was published in 2016, and is a “must-read” according to a retired Detective Inspector at New Scotland Yard’s Human Trafficking Team.


Ron explains his reasons for publishing with Cambridge Scholars:

It is an honour to share with fellow authors why I consider Cambridge Scholars Publishing the premier academic publishing house in the world, today. Cambridge Scholars is willing to take risks in giving first time authors an opportunity to publish; moreover, they are willing to extend such risks to subject matter. A case in point, if I may. Other than a myriad of conference papers, to include three sessions of the Oxford Round Table, and a few essays, I had yet to write a book. I had been writing and speaking in the area of countering human trafficking, a cause I feel passionate about, but one which was not in the mainstream of academic inquiry, let alone scholarly research. Nevertheless, I proposed to develop a manuscript on this very subject.

My proposal was met with open-minded interest; and, encouragement was forthcoming from the initial series of conversations. Civilization at Risk: Seeds of Strife was published in 2013, and Civilization at Risk: Seeds of War followed in 2016. But, after much soul searching, I made the decision not to continue to write on this subject and informed Cambridge Scholars, accordingly. I was virtually certain this was the end of my relationship with Cambridge Scholars; but, not only was I invited to continue to write for them, the ideas I shared for two more books were welcomed, even though I allowed that I would not be able to begin such work until next year. Their response could not have been more supportive. When one is published by Cambridge Scholars, it is akin to coming into a family. Cambridge Scholars has a vision for scholarly research that reaches around the world. I am honoured to be part of this global vision.


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Meet our Authors: Dimitrios Kassis – August 2017 14 August 2017

Dimitrios Kassis holds a PhD from the Faculty of English Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His doctoral thesis was entitled Representations of the North in Victorian Travel Literature, published in 2015. He has received a Master’s degree in Education Studies (with Distinction) from Roehampton University in London. In addition, he holds a Master’s degree in Translation Studies from the Department of French Language and Literature of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He speaks 16 foreign languages and his academic interests are connected with travel literature, translation and language studies. He is currently working as an English teacher in the public sector.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Dimitrios has authored Representations of the North in Victorian Travel Literature – “a valuable contribution to the areas of travel criticism as well as Victorian Studies”, according to Professor Efterpi Mitsi – and Icelandic Utopia in Victorian Travel Literature, before publishing American Travellers in Scandinavia earlier this year.

Dimitrios, described as “a genuine expert in the field” by Professor Nóra Séllei, explains why he has returned to publish on three occasions with us:

With regard to my experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars, I have already published three monographs: my dissertation, which is entitled Representations of the North in Victorian Travel Literature (2015), as well as the monographs Icelandic Utopia in Victorian Travel Literature (2016) and American Travellers in Scandinavia (2017). The publishing process has met my expectations and I should stress how satisfied I have been with the overall outcome. I can, therefore, strongly recommend this publishing company to all junior researchers who aspire to have their work published, given that their work will be treated with the utmost care and respect for high quality standards.”


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Meet our Authors: Carol L. Shansky – July 2017 14 July 2017

Dr Carol L. Shansky is Assistant Professor of Fine and Performing Arts at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, USA, where she teaches a broad range of courses in music and is the Director of the Iona College Instrumental Ensemble and the music program. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from Boston University and her Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College, USA.

Carol is a contributor to the Journal of Research in Musicology, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, and Research Issues in Music Education, and has presented papers at numerous national and international conferences. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Research in Music Performance, and is Board Member for Musicology and Music in General Studies of the College Music Society Northeast Chapter.

In addition, Carol is an active performer in the New York City area, performing in several orchestras and as chamber musician and solo recitalist. Her music appreciation textbook Musical Tapestries: A Thematic Approach to Music Appreciation is currently in its 2nd edition.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Carol has authored The Hebrew Orphan Asylum Band of New York City, 1874-1941: Community, Culture and Opportunity, which is at the same time the story of a boys’ band and a story of New York City.


Carol describes the experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars:

When I was investigating possible publishers for my book proposal, it was especially important that the publisher I worked with could demonstrate, publicly, that they were of a high standard and would be well-regarded by my peers, especially at my academic institution. Cambridge Scholars’ website was very clear about their founding, their mission, production staff and the types of books they were interested in pursuing. Upon receiving confirmation of their interest in working with me on my book, I felt confident that the outcome would be one I could be proud of. The process of publishing with Cambridge Scholars is clear and reasonable. Their staff were very professional and knowledgeable, and were very quick to answer questions and address concerns. I feel very good about the book as a product and am proud to have received positive reviews about it. It is important, at this stage in my academic career, to have a scholarly work published as broadly as this one and it will be the centrepiece of the scholarship component of my tenure application. I have another book topic in mind and would very much consider proposing the idea to Cambridge Scholars.


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Meet our Authors: Nicholas Gayle – July 2017 14 July 2017

Nicholas Gayle is a writer and independent research scholar specialising in poetry, first and foremost in Byron’s, but his deep interests also include Latin and Greek verse, classical Chinese Shi and Ci poetry, Shakespeare, Pope, W B Yeats and Hart Crane. Although originally trained as a pianist and teacher, he crossed over academically and professionally to become the Head of Classics at Exmouth Community College, UK, before becoming seduced by Byron’s poetry. This resulted in a further change, a determination to become an independent scholar devoted to writing about the poet’s work.

Nicholas is the author of four essays published over the last few years in The Byron Journal, and is currently working upon a book-length study of Byron’s last completed long poem, The Island, which will contain a transcription of the holograph, never before published. Following this, a work on the resonance of Shakespeare in Byron’s poetry is planned.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Nicholas has authored Byron and the Best of Poets, which is “a must-read for all Byronists and Popeians” according to Professor Bernard Beatty, Senior Fellow at the University of Liverpool, who adds that “this will and should also be read by scholars and anyone interested in literature”.


Nicholas explains why he chose to publish with Cambridge Scholars, citing the influence of the late Peter Cochran, who was a prolific writer on Byron studies:

I am something of an accidental Byronist, being a scholar who wandered in from another field, discovering the extraordinary range, power and beauty of Byron’s poetry rather later in life than earlier; indeed, were it not for an inordinately large pile of ironing one afternoon—and searching around for something on YouTube to listen to as I dealt with it—I would not be writing this. While dashing away with a smoothing iron I was captivated listening to the exploits of one “Don Juan” and this led to some years of immersive study, followed by the rapid publication of four papers in The Byron Journal. From this emerged my first full-length book, a study of the influence of Alexander Pope upon Byron’s poetry, which pointed me in the direction of the excellent offices of Cambridge Scholars Publishing, well established as the publishers of the late lamented Peter Cochran, an editor par excellence of Byron.

From the first I was struck by the speed and smoothness of the publication process. Acceptance of the book was rapid; courteous and efficient responses greeted any of the inevitable niggles that arose; and the combined support structure supplied by Victoria Carruthers, my Author Liaison at the beginning stages, the kind forbearance of the helpful Amanda Millar over the typesetting of what must have been a tricky book to produce, the friendly, accommodating responses of Sophie Edminson at Design, combined with the watchful and caring post-publication support supplied by the assistant publisher Anthony Wright made the whole experience stress-free and positive. I heartily commend Cambridge Scholars Publishing on their dedication and service and am happy to recommend them to scholars at whatever stage in their careers.

So far, there have been two immensely positive results directly stemming from the book’s publication: a flattering review of it by Pat Rogers—perhaps the most highly regarded and eminent scholar of eighteenth century literary studies today—and an invitation to be one of the 50 contributing authors to the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Lord Byron in the prestigious series of that name. I thus have much to thank Cambridge Scholars Publishing for.


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