Rowman and Littlefield International

About us

Winner of the Nick Robinson Newcomer Award, Independent Publishers Guild Awards 2015.

Shortlisted for the Bookseller Independent Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year award.

Rowman & Littlefield International is an independent, interdisciplinary publisher in the Humanities & Social Sciences. We are committed to bringing incisive modern scholarship to a global readership in multiple formats. We firmly believe in the value of publishing cutting-edge research for a scholarly audience.

RLI was established in November 2012, in collaboration with the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group in Washington DC. We are a member of the Independent Publishers Guild and the Publishers Association.

Meet Our Team

Oliver Gadsby

Oliver Gadsby

Chief Executive

Oliver started his career as an editor in Germany; he later spent three years working in Sweden. He was CEO of the educational publisher Nelson Thornes, and went on to be Director of Strategy and Acquisitions for Informa plc, the parent group of Taylor & Francis. Oliver was CEO of Continuum from 2007, leading it to become IPG Independent Publisher of the Year in 2011. He is now enjoying building a new business: establishing a top-class team, and finding the right ways of harnessing technology for the dissemination of original research. Oliver is a former Chair of the Independent Publishers’ Guild, and sits on the board of the Academic and Professional Division of the Publishers’ Association.

Linda Ganster

Linda Ganster

Editorial Director

Linda’s publishing history includes sales and editorial work at Pearson, McGraw-Hill and, most recently, Cengage, where she worked as Editor-in-Chief of the Behavioral Sciences division. Linda has extensive experience developing and promoting market-leading texts in a wide variety of academic disciplines. In this critical time in the evolution of higher education, Linda is thrilled to be a part of the RLI team.

Sarah Campbell

Sarah Campbell

Publisher, Philosophy

Sarah was a co-founder of Rowman & Littlefield International, and shaped its early editorial development. She has now turned her focus back to publishing in Philosophy, in which she has over a decade of experience: she was previously a Publisher at Bloomsbury and, before that, Continuum. She is experienced in working with authors across the academic spectrum and in developing projects that represent the cutting edge of modern scholarship. She passionately believes in a collaborative, creative relationship between publisher, author and academic community.

Holly Tyler

Holly Tyler

Senior Commissioning Editor, Cultural Studies, Anthropology and Geography

Holly joined RLI from Palgrave Macmillan where she had been for six years, most recently as Senior Editor for Human Geography, Health and Science and Technology Studies. Holly is passionate about interdisciplinary research, and welcomes proposals on a range of themes that intersect anthropology and geography, including social and cultural studies and policy; gender, race and identity; urbanism; migration; and globalization. She studied history at Queen Mary, University of London, and is currently engaged in reviving her Spanish language skills.

Dhara Snowden

Dhara Snowden

Senior Commissioning Editor, Politics and International Relations

Dhara first entered the publishing industry as an Editorial Assistant at Bloomsbury Academic, working on classics, archaeology and religion.  Following that, she took up a position as Assistant Editor at Edinburgh University Press and most recently as Editor at Berghahn Books, focusing on politics, religion and global health before joining the team at RLI. Dhara is committed to commissioning scholarship of the highest quality and keen to hear about new projects for both academic and policy-making audiences.

Isobel Cowper-Coles

Isobel Cowper-Coles

Commissioning Editor, Philosophy

After graduating from a degree in Linguistics with Literature at the University of York, Isobel undertook internships at Arcturus Publishing and Harper Collins as well as travelling to South India. Upon her return she took up a position as Editorial Assistant at Cambridge University Press, working with commissioning editors across the Humanities and Social Sciences before coming to RLI as an Assistant Editor. She is keen to build on the strong interdisciplinary nature of the Philosophy list at Rowman and Littlefield, and welcomes new ideas for projects in this field.

Mike Watson

Mike Watson

Editorial Assistant

Michael studied History up to Masters level at Southampton University and University College London, focussing on British economic and social history and its relationship to the Caribbean. After graduating he worked as a Researcher and Project Administrator on the Economic and Social Research Council-funded Legacies of British Slave-ownership project at UCL.  He has previously undertaken internships at Granta Books and Verso Books. He is interested in how academic practice can contribute and remain relevant to contemporary issues and debates.

Jennifer Cima

Jennifer Cima

Director, International Sales & Marketing

Jennifer joined Rowman & Littlefield from Bloomsbury where she was most recently responsible for sales into Asia, having previously been closely involved in the set-up of Bloomsbury’s Indian company in New Delhi. Earlier in her career she held positions at Continuum working with bookshops, library suppliers and wholesalers in the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium, before taking on responsibility for dealing with the company’s network of agents in Australasia, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. As a Modern Languages graduate, Jennifer is passionate about travelling and developing close relationships with our customers in the UK and around the world.

Matthew Urwin

Matthew Urwin

UK Sales Manager

Matthew’s career in publishing started off selling to libraries and schools at Books for Students before a variety of Special Sales, Key Accounts and Sales Manager roles with Oxford University Press, A&C Black, Bloomsbury, ePubDirect, Oberon and most recently The Folio Society. With a broad portfolio of customers incorporating specialist interest, non-traditional, electronic, institutional, academic and trade, he is familiar with a wide-range of varied client requirements.  

Catherine de Mello

Catherine de Mello

Marketing Executive

Catherine studied English Literature and Theatre Studies at the University of Leeds. She first joined Rowman and Littlefield as an intern through Creative Access in 2015. Since then, she has worked to build the marketing strategy across the RLI and R&L lists. She is interested in finding innovative ways to use social media and digital marketing to connect with new audiences.

Sean McDonagh

Sean McDonagh

Marketing Executive

Sean joined Rowman & Littlefield from Bloomsbury where he held the position of Online Key Account Executive and worked closely with online retailers of print books and ebooks to promote Bloomsbury titles across their Adult, Children’s and Academic lists. Developing a broad understanding of publishing and evolving markets, Sean is keen to use his creativity and analytical skills to find new and sustainable ways of connecting contemporary audiences with the latest interdisciplinary research. Sean studied English at the University of Leicester where he also took the opportunity to study abroad and spent a year at the University of Turin.