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. Follow Oliver on Twitter @GadsbyOliver

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. Follow Linda on Twitter @Linda_Ganster

Gurdeep Mattu

Gurdeep Mattu

Publisher, Anthropology, Cultural Studies and Geography

Gurdeep started his career at Robert Hale and later moved to SAGE, working on the media and communications and education lists.  He was appointed Commissioning Editor for Language and Linguistics at Continuum in 2007, a position he held up until 2017 (by which time Continuum was part of Bloomsbury). He is now Publisher for the Anthropology, Geography and Cultural Studies lists at RLI and heads up the UK editorial team.  He is passionate about accessible and engaging academic publishing that can make a difference and change the debate.  He was made a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers in 2016. Gurdeep published his novel “Sons and Fascination” in 2011 with Paperbooks and is working on a follow-up. Contact him at [email protected] 

Dhara Snowden

Dhara Snowden

Senior Commissioning Editor, Politics, International Relations and Security Studies

Dhara first entered the publishing industry as an Editorial Assistant at Bloomsbury Academic, working on Classics, Archaeology and Religious Studies.  Following that, she took up a position as Assistant Editor at Edinburgh University Press and most recently as Editor at Berghahn Books in Oxford, focusing on Politics, Environment and Migration Studies, before returning to London and joining the team at RLI. Dhara manages the Politics, International Relations and Security Studies list as well as our partnership publishing. She is committed to commissioning scholarship of the highest quality and keen to hear about new projects for both academic and policy-making audiences. Follow Dhara on Twitter @DharaSnowden01

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. 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. Follow Isobel on Twitter @IsobelCowperCol

Frankie Mace

Frankie Mace

Commissioning Editor, Philosophy

Frankie graduated with an MA in Book History from Oxford Brookes University and began her career in publishing as Editorial Assistant for Zed Books in London. From there she moved to Bloomsbury Academic to work as Assistant Editor for Continental Philosophy, before joining RLI as Commissioning Editor for Philosophy in 2018. Working closely with the team in-house, she is a hands-on editor, committed to innovation, diversity and excellence as the guiding principles for the philosophy publishing programme. For more information or to discuss your project, please do get in touch. You can follow Frankie on Twitter @frankiethemace

Rebecca Anastasi

Rebecca Anastasi

Assistant Editor

Rebecca graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in English Literature from the University of York in 2015 and has since worked at a number of London-based publishing companies, including Penguin Random House and HarperCollins. She started at Rowman and Littlefield in 2017, and now assists Frankie Mace and Dhara Snowden on the Philosophy and Politics & International Relations lists respectively. Rebecca particularly enjoys the engagement between academic discourse and current affairs. Follow Rebecca on Twitter @RebeccaLTA

Naomi Minkoff

Naomi Minkoff

Assistant Production Editor

Relocating from Rowman and Littlefield’s home office outside of Washington, DC, Naomi joins the RLI team with experience producing books on a wide variety of topics and across various areas of study. Her career experience includes work at Barrelhouse, Grosvenor Literary Agency, ArtSee DC, and Philadelphia Style Magazine. She joined Rowman & Littlefield after completing a BA in English, with dual minors in Fine Arts and Creative Writing, and a subsequent MA in English at The George Washington University. In her first year in production Naomi worked on a total of 62 titles spanning 6 different imprints. She is particularly looking forward to the opportunity to liaise between the acquisitions team in London and the production team in the states.

Natalie Linh Bolderston

Natalie Linh Bolderston

Editorial Assistant

Natalie studied English at the University of Liverpool, focusing on contemporary women's literature and creative writing. She has previously undertaken editorial internships at GTI Media and Liverpool University Press, where she worked on the press' poetry imprint, Pavilion. She has also volunteered for the Windows Project (a Merseyside-based arts charity), helping to run writing workshops for children. She now works with Isobel Cowper-Coles and Gurdeep Mattu on the Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Anthropology and Geography lists. Natalie is particularly interested in helping to maintain the cultural diversity of RLI's publications. Her debut poetry pamphlet, The Protection of Ghosts, is forthcoming from V. Press, and she is a 2018 Creative Future Literary Award recipient. Follow Natalie on Twitter @NatBolderston

Ben Glover

Ben Glover

Director, Sales & Marketing

Ben cut his teeth in both international sales and academic publishing with Edward Arnold and then Hodder Education in the late 1990s. After a stint with Hodder & Stoughton, Ben joined HarperCollins as International Sales & Marketing Director with a particular focus on Collins Education, Dictionaries and Atlases. Ben left Collins to take a position on the Board with Kogan Page where he helped rebuild a sales and marketing operation for a new digital world. After almost 15 years in book publishing, Ben joined the global test publisher of the GMAT to lead its operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa before returning to the world of academic books with Rowman & Littlefield in 2017. Follow Ben on Twitter @benjaminharry72

Matthew Urwin

Matthew Urwin

Head of Sales (UK and Europe)

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. Follow Matthew on Twitter @matthewurwin

Sean McDonagh

Sean McDonagh

Head of Academic Engagement

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 and also spent a year at the University of Turin. Follow Sean on Twitter @seanpjamcdonagh

Tim Hardy

Tim Hardy

Academic Engagement Executive (Digital)

Tim studied English Literature at Newcastle University and completed an MA in Publishing at UCL. He has previously interned at Bounce! Sales & Marketing, DK and Laurence King Publishing. Tim joined Rowman & Littlefield International in January 2018 working across publicity and print marketing. In March 2018 he took on the role of Academic Engagement Executive, overseeing the digital marketing efforts for RLI.

Alex Kind

Alex Kind

Academic Engagement Executive (Authors & Events)

Alex joined RLI equipped with marketing and editorial experience she gathered at various trade and academic publishers, including one of the leading German publishers in the humanities and social sciences, transcript Verlag, and the imprints Methuen Drama and Arden Shakespeare within Bloomsbury’s academic division. Alex is originally from Northern Germany and has a bachelor’s degree in Art Studies and English-Speaking Cultures and a research master’s degree in Transnational Literary Studies from the University of Bremen. While in Bremen, she worked as an assistant in the Arts and Cultural Studies faculty and in the university’s press department. She was also politics editor of the campus magazine and head of marketing for the English-language drama group. In 2018, she finished a second master’s degree in Publishing at University College London where she focussed on academic and theatre publishing. Alex is on Twitter @herr_kind.