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Meet our Authors: Gerhard Besier – May 2017 11 May 2017

Gerhard Besier is a historian (PhD), theologian (DD and Habilitation) and psychologist (Diploma), and received an honorary doctorate from Lund University, Sweden in 2009. He is currently Director of the German-wide Sigmund Neumann Institute, which is situated in Berlin, Dresden and Flensburg, and teaches at several Universities in Europe and North America. He has also held chairs in Contemporary (Church) History and European Studies at the Universities of Berlin, Heidelberg and Dresden.

His publications include The Holy See and Hitler's Germany, which was published by Palgrave in 2007, European Border Regions in Comparison: Overcoming Nationalistic Aspects or Re-Nationalization? (Routledge, 2014) and Neighbourhood Perceptions of the Ukraine Crisis: From the Soviet Union into Eurasia? (Routledge, 2017), both co-edited with Katarzyna Stokłosa.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Gerhard has written and co-edited six titles, most recently releasing the first two parts of an extensive history of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Europe, which investigates the challenges that Jehovah’s Witnesses had to overcome as the religious association attempted to establish itself across Europe.

It is Gerhard's second multiple-volume publication with Cambridge Scholars, and he explains why he returned to publish the anthology with us:


After releasing several books with various publishers in Britain, Germany and Poland, I approached Cambridge Scholars Publishing about publishing European Dictatorships: A Comparative History of the Twentieth Century (2013, co-edited with Katarzyna Stokłosa) and Neither Good Nor Bad: Why Human Beings Behave How They Do (2014). My experience of publishing these titles with Cambridge Scholars was excellent, and so I turned to them again with my edited collection of correspondence between two well-known historical figures: 'Intimately Associated for Many Years': George K. A. Bell's and Willem A. Visser't Hooft's common life-work in the service of the Church Universal – mirrored in their Correspondence (2015, two volumes). Despite the fact that the manuscript was rather challenging, due to its vast table of contents, footnotes and index, the team at Cambridge Scholars tackled it very well. Consequently, Katarzyna Stokłosa and I came to the conclusion that we should publish our extensive anthology on the history of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Europe with Cambridge Scholars too. The first two volumes, Jehovah's Witnesses in Europe: Past and Present Volume 1 Part 1/1 and 1/2 (2016), have just been released. As with my previous books, they look very good and have been well-received by our readership thanks to the well-done layout and robust binding.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Jehovah's Witnesses in Europe: Past and Present. Click here to purchase Part 1/1, which concerns Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Greece and Spain, or click here to purchase Part 1/2 on Italy, Netherlands and Portugal. To buy both volumes together, click here. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAMAY17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 14th June 2017.


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Meet our Authors: Brenda Domínguez-Rosado – May 2017 11 May 2017

Brenda Domínguez-Rosado is currently a tenured Professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico, Bayamón campus. She has a BA in Secondary Education in English (TESS=Teaching English to Spanish Speakers), an MA in American and British Literature, and a PhD in Language and Literature of the Anglophone Caribbean, all from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus. Brenda has been an educator for thirty-two years, has won awards for her teaching, and has presented multiple conferences and workshops both locally (Puerto Rico and the US) and internationally in countries such as Aruba, Barbados, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Portugal, Spain, and St. Kitts.

Brenda is also a linguistic consultant for the Emmy-nominated educational travel show Isla y Vuelta (produced for the Puerto Rican government TV channel WIPR), collaborating editor/translator for several academic journals, and is happily married and the proud mother of two sons and two grandsons. Her interests include sociolinguistics, bilingual and higher education, reading, and traveling the world. Her recent publications include “Creoles and Acts of Identity: Convergence and Multiple Voicing in the Atlantic Creoles” (with Faraclas et al., 2014), “Tú, Vos, Usted, or You? The Curious Case of Differences in the Use of Second Person Pronouns in Costa Rican Spanish, Puerto Rican Spanish, and English” (2015), “After the ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’: St Kitts Creole English and the Birth of Pitcairn/Norfolk Creole English” (2016) and The Unlinking of Language and Puerto Rican Identity: New Trends in Sight (Cambridge Scholars, 2015).


Brenda describes the experience of publishing her first book with us:

As a neophyte book author and a late bloomer (I obtained my PhD when I was fifty years old in 2012!), I was a bit intimidated by the whole publishing process but was encouraged to submit my doctoral dissertation to Cambridge Scholars Publishing after I saw the publication of conference proceedings of work near and dear to my heart: the Caribbean and its vast contributions to linguistics, literature, and the arts, among so many other spheres. I felt that Cambridge Scholars were amicable towards authors from our region and appreciated the value of our contributions, so I thought that my submission on language and identity in Puerto Rico might be well received. I was not mistaken, and from the very beginning of the process, I received guidance and support. Camilla Harding (Commissioning Editor) treated me with respect and consideration and once my publication was approved by the editorial panel, everyone else on the Cambridge Scholars team followed suit. I set my own schedule which allowed me to transform and streamline my dissertation into a more appealing book, and my book cover design was accepted without qualms (my daughter-in-law designed a very colourful hand-drawn image).

My book was launched on the Cambridge Scholars website and subsequently on various international online book stores, and has been well-received by the academic world. Because of its subject matter, I have been invited to present my book this summer at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., an opportunity that I would not have had if my dissertation had not been published by Cambridge Scholars. I recently submitted a second manuscript to them (this time on my research on poetry in the Caribbean) and hope to continue a congenial relationship with the wonderful Cambridge Scholars team.


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on The Unlinking of Language and Puerto Rican Identity: New Trends in Sight. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAMAY17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 14th June 2017.


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Meet our Authors: Silvia Baučeková – April 2017 13 April 2017

Silvia Rosivalová Baučeková is Assistant Professor at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Slovakia. As a PhD candidate, she participated in a double-degree study programme and earned her doctorate from Universidad de Jaén in Spain and from Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in 2014.

Her current research focuses on the possibility of applying methods developed by the emerging field of food studies in the analysis of fiction. Her other research interests include 20th century English poetry, women’s studies, and popular fiction studies. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the history of British literature and on British popular fiction. She is a member of the Slovak Association for the Study of English.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Silvia has authored Dining Room Detectives: Analysing Food in the Novels of Agatha Christie, in which a structuralist approach to Golden Age crime fiction is complemented by methodology developed in the field of food studies in order to demonstrate the twofold role that food plays in Agatha Christie’s novels.

Silvia describes her experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

I worked with Cambridge Scholars on the publication of my very first book and I only have good things to say about the entire process, from the earliest stages through to the date of publication. The team at Cambridge Scholars was very understanding and sensitive to my needs as a novice author. The communication with everyone at Cambridge Scholars was prompt, easy and efficient. All of the editors I came into contact with were highly professional and knowledgeable, but also kind and willing to help. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sam Baker and David Luscombe, who were extremely patient with me throughout the publication process, and provided me with the time and space necessary to produce a book that I am one hundred percent happy with. Furthermore, I was given the chance to have complete control over the design of the cover of my book, which I really appreciated. Whether you are an experienced author or you are just about to publish your first work, I can wholeheartedly recommend publishing with Cambridge Scholars.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Dining Room Detectives: Analysing Food in the Novels of Agatha Christie. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAAPR17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th May 2017.


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Meet our Authors: Mark Guscin – April 2017 13 April 2017

Mark Guscin obtained a first-class degree in Latin and Greek from the University of Manchester at the age of nineteen, and recently obtained his PhD in History from Royal Holloway, University of London, which was also admitted by the University of Oviedo in Spain as an equivalent PhD in Spain.

Mark is currently an independent scholar and professional translator and interpreter in Latin, Spanish, Catalan, Galician, French, Portuguese and Italian. He has published various books related to medieval history and the Napoleonic Wars, as well as a prize-winning biography of Lady Hester Stanhope (in Spanish).

He has also worked as a television presenter on the National Geographic Ancient X-Files. He is a translator and interpreter in the Spanish engineering company Duro Felguera, and runs his own translation agency. He has lived in Spain since 1986.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Mark has authored The Tradition of the Image of Edessa, a study of the literature, paintings, icons and other aspects related to the Image of Edessa which “traces with erudition the long history of a Christian tradition known since the fifth century” according to Professor Miri Rubin of Queen Mary University of London.


In describing his experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars, Mark underlines the quality of the finished product:

It was actually Cambridge Scholars who first approached me when I started my PhD, and we agreed that when the thesis was finished we would talk again. The decision was taken very quickly, I adapted the style to a slightly broader audience (after all, a thesis is written mainly for the examiners) and off we went. The publishing process was so smooth and easy that I kept thinking I must be forgetting something or doing something wrong - there was always someone there to help me with technical and typesetting doubts (and I had quite a few), and in the end my hopes were exceeded when I actually saw the book; the quality (especially that of the images) is truly excellent. This is a very significant point, as in my case, and no doubt in many others too, the images are an essential element in understanding what the written text actually says. If they are not printed clearly much of the argument is lost, or rendered unclear. Overall, what can often be a wearisome task (the part between delivering the manuscript and publication) was in this case most enjoyable.


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on The Tradition of the Image of Edessa. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAAPR17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th May 2017.


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Meet our Authors: Santiago Sia – March 2017 09 March 2017

Santiago Sia has recently retired as Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of Milltown Institute (National University of Ireland). Author and editor of several books and articles, and an international lecturer, he was previously Professor of Philosophy and Director of Ethical Studies for several years at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA.

His specialised fields are philosophy of religion, ethics, and interdisciplinary studies. He has been closely associated with the academic and research programmes of various universities and professional institutions in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Santiago has authored (or co-authored, together with Marian F. Sia) six titles with Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Ethical Contexts and Theoretical Issues: Essays in Ethical Thinking (2010), From Question to Quest: Literary-Philosophical Enquiries into the Challenges of Life (2010), Society in its Challenges: Philosophical Considerations of Living in Society (2014), That Elusive Fountain of Wisdom: A Tale of the Human Thirst for Knowledge (2015), This Deep Pierian Spring: An Account of the Human Quest for Meaning (2016), and Those Distant Shores: A Narrative of Human Restlessness (2015). All six titles are available as both hardback and paperback editions.


Santiago explains why he has returned to publish on a number of occasions with Cambridge Scholars:

Cambridge Scholars Publishing have published my last six books, and my experience of working closely with them has been most positive as was indeed my experience with my other publishers. I found the staff here very attentive to my concerns and queries, and most helpful and prompt throughout the process of publishing. They have been truly professional. Given their own academic backgrounds and interests—unique in the publishing world—I chose them for my trilogy of scholarly books which represent the culmination of my research work and philosophical thinking carried out throughout my academic career. These are: Ethical Contexts and Theoretical Issues: Essays in Ethical Thinking; (with Marian F. Sia) From Question to Quest: Literary-Philosophical Enquiries into the Challenges of Life; and finally, Society in its Challenges: Philosophical Considerations of Living in Society.

Moreover, their policy of respecting the experience and expertise of their established authors while insisting on strict academic standards resonated well with me. Also of particular interest to me was their openness to review and accept novel approaches to academic publishing. Their strong support encouraged my wife and me to venture into a more narrative way of communicating philosophical ideas. It resulted in the publication of our trilogy of philosophical novels: Those Distant Shores: a Narrative of Human Restlessness; That Elusive Fountain of Wisdom: a Tale of the Human Thirst for Knowledge; and This Deep Pierian Spring: an Account of the Human Quest for Meaning.


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on both the paperback and hardback editions of This Deep Pierian Spring. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAMAR17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th April 2017.


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Meet our Authors: Franka Kermer – March 2017 09 March 2017

Franka Kermer is a post-doctoral researcher (Kone Foundation, 2017–2021) in English Language and Culture at the University of Eastern Finland. She is particularly interested in the study of cognitive approaches to language structure, second language acquisition and corpus linguistics. Her current research focuses on cross-linguistic influence from the perspective of cognitive grammar and cognitive sociolinguistics. Franka has spent the last six months as a University teacher of English at Beijing Normal University, China. Prior to that, she taught English at the University of Eastern Finland, where she also completed her PhD.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Franka has authored A Cognitive Grammar Approach to Teaching Tense and Aspect in the L2 Context, which links cognitive grammar explanations to the area of second-language learning and instructed grammar teaching. This is her first book.

Franka describes her experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

Before I completed my PhD in English Language and Culture, I received advice from a fellow researcher to consider sending my manuscript to Cambridge Scholars Publishing, due to their interest in supporting researchers at the early stages of their career. As this was my very first book publication, I was grateful for the professional and very supportive collaboration with Cambridge Scholars, especially with Amanda Millar, who was always readily available when required and included me in each and every step or decision of the publishing process. I was also grateful for the editorial expertise, advice and, most of all, patience. I would wholeheartedly recommend Cambridge Scholars to any scholar, whether they are early career researchers or more experienced academics.


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on A Cognitive Grammar Approach to Teaching Tense and Aspect in the L2 Context. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAMAR17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th April 2017.


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Meet our Authors: Frederic Will – February 2017 14 February 2017

Frederic Will is a retired Professor of Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts, United States, and is currently Director of Research at the online Humanities University. He has published fifty-six books in subjects as diverse as cultural history, philosophy, poetry, translation, fiction, and travel narrative, and is currently completing a new sequence of six interrelated volumes for Cambridge Scholars on the character of everyday existence.

Frederic has received a half dozen Fulbright Grants from the United States Government and has been the recipient of fellowships from the Bollingen Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. He has also received multi-year support from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his journal of world poetry in translation, Micromegas. He was a founding editor, with William Arrowsmith, Donald Carne-Ross, and John Sullivan, of the ground-breaking Journal of Classical Culture, Arion.

His poetry has received praise in the United Kingdom, where the Times Literary Supplement has written of his poetic work as “accomplished and insightful” and of his criticism as “brilliant”.  His lifetime literary papers are collected in the Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, United States.


As a returning author with Cambridge Scholars, Frederic explains his reasons for publishing a number of titles with us:

Upon retirement, I had written over fifty books, of criticism, fiction, labour, sociology, poetry and cultural history, but after a friend drew my attention to Cambridge Scholars I have discovered in them a publishing pathway uniquely congenial to – as I feel I now have to class myself – a later-in-life professional writer. Since 2011, I have published six books with Cambridge Scholars, which feel to me like essential statements of what I think and understand. These are all books about feeling, self-identity, the relation of life to writing about life, the temporal elements of the everyday, and life’s endgames and how to formulate them. These are themes I have waited to know how to name, and in naming them I have been hugely boosted by the courtesy, responsiveness, and professionalism of Cambridge Scholars. As I survey Cambridge Scholars’ list of titles, I have to think that I am a lucky member of a far flung community of writer-thinkers, whose diversity is driving a new dimension right through the heart of what we tiresomely call scholarship. The world as consciousness is enlarged by publishing efforts of the calibre of Cambridge Scholars.


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on The Modernist Impulse and a Contemporary Opus: Replaced by Writing as well as a 20% discount on all other titles in Frederic’s series Inside Selfhood And History. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAFEB17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th March 2017.


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Meet our Authors: Dileep Edara – February 2017 14 February 2017

Dr Dileep Edara currently teaches at Dravidian University, Andhra Pradesh, India, as an Assistant Professor of English. The areas of his teaching and research interests include literary theory in general and Marxist literary theories in particular. After receiving a diploma in mechanical engineering with distinction, he began to feel that the subject was too mechanical for him, and switched over to the humanities. Later on, he received a BA in philosophy, economics, and politics, and then an MA in English literature from Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, India.

Having cleared the UGC NET in 2003, he obtained his PhD in 2012, from the Department of English, Hyderabad Central University, Andhra Pradesh, India, for his research on the concepts of base and superstructure in the Marxist theory. In the Department of English, his thesis was awarded the Meenkshi Mukherjee Prize, for the year 2012-13. So far, he has published two books, six articles, and presented more than thirty papers in various national and international seminars.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, he has authored Biography of a Blunder: Base and Superstructure in Marx and Later, which is based on his PhD thesis and proposes a radical departure from the predominant understanding of Marx’s base and superstructure thesis.

Dileep describes the experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars:

From the initial submission of my proposal to the final publication of the book, I found the people at Cambridge Scholars Publishing supportive and consistently encouraging. It is a pleasure to work with them and I would love to submit my next publication proposal to them. They have given me the opportunity to edit my own text, and they have been flexible when giving me the time to do so. They took my concerns into account in each aspect of the publication process and brought out the book in an elegant manner. I thank all the people at Cambridge Scholars Publishing for this memorable experience.”


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Meet our Authors: Zekeh Gbotokuma – January 2017 13 January 2017

Dr Zekeh Gbotokuma is a polyglot and a US citizen of Congolese descent who refers to himself as a cosmocitizen. After twelve years of education and work in Europe, he is currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and the founding President of Polyglots in Action for Diversity, Inc. He is the former Director of the Center for Global Studies at Morgan State University.

His “extraordinary commitment to global learning and international understanding” made him the recipient of the prestigious Dr Sandye Jean McIntyre, II International Award 2008.

His publications include Global Safari (2015), OBAMÆNON (2011), A Pan-African Encyclopedia (2003), and Dizionario Italiano-Lingala/Lingala-Italiano (1990).

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Zekeh has authored Global Safari: Checking In and Checking Out in Pursuit of World Wisdoms, the American Dream, and Cosmocitizenship and A Polyglot Pocket Dictionary of Lingála, English, French, and Italian.

Zekeh describes the publishing experience and why he chose to publish both a memoir-travelogue and a multilingual reference work with Cambridge Scholars:


In 2009, I travelled back to my native land, the Democratic Republic of Congo, after 31 years in Europe and the USA. Upon my return to the United States, I decided to write a memoir-travelogue. I had a positive collaboration with Cambridge Scholars, and the main reasons for my satisfaction with the publishing process are the following. Firstly, Cambridge Scholars allowed me to find a proofreader, whose professionalism allowed him to deal with a manuscript that contains so many words and phrases in French, Italian, and German. Secondly, their punctuality in correspondence. Thirdly, I appreciated how flexible they were in allowing submission deadlines to be extended. Finally, I noted a serious commitment to quality control, not only in the publication of the memoir, but also in the most challenging publication of the multilingual reference work, A Polyglot Pocket Dictionary of Lingála, English, French, and Italian.

I am definitely grateful to Cambridge Scholars for publishing a memoir by an author who is not (yet) famous. This fact suggests, I suspect, that the long-term academic worth of the work is more important than financial considerations. For this reason, I commend Cambridge Scholars for their attention to the importance of multilingualism in the process of acquiring international competence in a spider’s web-like world. The recent publication of A Polyglot Pocket Dictionary of Lingála, English, French, and Italian constitutes an important postscript to Global Safari. To some extent, the multilingual glossary is the best possible way of telling stories about my life experiences, to which I also refer as a series of transits, transitions, and translations.


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Meet our Authors: Miriam Doran – January 2017 13 January 2017

Miriam Doran is a Lecturer in Education at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland. Her research interests include student educational experience, pedagogy and science education at primary, secondary and third level. Miriam previously worked in two national teacher support services in Ireland with responsibility for continuous professional development of primary and post-primary science teachers. Prior to that, she taught at post-primary level for over twenty years.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Miriam has authored An Ethnography in an Irish Girls Secondary School: Exploring how Hegemony and Power Mediate Agency and Structure, which explores the cultural experiences of a group of Irish 6th year girls and is based on an ethnographic study. This book is adapted from a PhD thesis and is Miriam’s inaugural academic book publication.

Miriam describes the experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

Following completion of my PhD in education, I received advice from an experienced academic to consider Cambridge Scholars Publishing, due to their interest in helping early career researchers revise their doctoral thesis and bring it through to publication. As this was an inaugural book publication, I was grateful for the prompt and professional support and advice that was readily available when required. Cambridge Scholars were more than happy to facilitate my partial personalised design of the jacket and collaborated effectively on visual adjustments of the front cover during this process. I was involved throughout all aspects of the publishing process and have learned a considerable amount for future projects. I believe a reliable testimony to any company is the quality of the product. I am regularly complemented on the quality and finish of the book, and would wholeheartedly recommend Cambridge Scholars to other prospective authors.”


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