Brown Bag Lunch Discussion with Matt Becker: Executive Editor of UMass Press

It is our honor and pleasure to announce a Brown Bag Lunch Discussion with Matt Becker, the Executive Editor of The University of Massachusetts Press, during the GHA’s Graduate History Conference on Saturday March 5, 2016.

Our Graduate History Conference participants are invited to discuss the ins and outs of
academic publishing, as well as engage in a variety of other topics such as publishing as a career. Guests are encouraged to bring questions for this unique opportunity.

Matt Becker started at UMass Press in 2015. He was previously senior acquisitions editor at the University of Nevada Press and also worked at Wayne State University Press and the Minnesota Historical Society Press. He holds a PhD in American studies from the University of Minnesota.

Matt has a background as a cultural historian, and as an editor, he has published several books and launched a number of book series aimed at providing general readers with solid history–a type of public history in scholarly publishing. Matt has both turned his training as a historian into work, and has worked to make history accessibly to a wider audience.

In his role as Executive Editor at UMass Press, Matt is interested in acquiring scholarly manuscripts in all areas of American history and society, including those with an interdisciplinary or transnational approach, ranging from popular culture to education reform to critical biography, especially projects that deal with social justice and equity. He also acquires regional trade titles on New England topics. He is the in-house editor for the series Culture, Politics, and the Cold War; Public History in Historical Perspective; and Science/Technology/Culture. With all of his projects, he seeks authors who can write in a style accessible to a wide readership.

Interested colleagues and conference participants who have any questions about this exciting event may contact us at


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