Rachel Kelly Unger

Rachel Kelly

Associate Editor

E-mail: rachelkelly@uchicago.edu
Subjects: Life sciences (behavioral ecology, botany, ecology, evolution, gardening, natural history, paleobiology, primatology); cartography and geography
Series: The Kenneth Nebenzahl Jr. Lectures in the History of Cartography

 

I acquire new manuscripts for the Press in the life sciences, cartography, and geography. Within the sciences, I am focused on behavioral ecology, botany, ecology, evolution, paleobiology, and primatology, as well as books in gardening and natural history. Recent books published in these areas for a general audience include Marc Bekoff’s Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do, Barbara King’s Personalities on the Plate: The Lives and Minds of Animals We Eat, Mark Hineline’s Ground Truth: A Guide to Tracking Climate Change at Home, James Nardi’s Discoveries in the Garden, and Bayton and Maughan’s Plant Families: A Guide for Gardeners and Botanists. More specialized recent books are Kelt and Patton’s A Manual of the Mammalia: An Homage to Lawlor’s Handbook to the Orders and the Families of Living Mammals, Gee’s Across the Bridge: Understanding the Origin of the Vertebrates, Sekercioglu, Wenny, and Whelan’s Why Birds Matter: Avian Ecological Function and Ecosystem Services, and Ketterson and Atwell’s Snowbird: Integrative Biology and Evolutionary Diversity in the Junco. My efforts complement those of editor Scott Gast, who focuses on environmental studies and conservation biology.
 

The Press’s cartography list is historically focused, anchored by the landmark reference work The History of Cartography, as well as other titles such as Kären WigenSugimoto Fumiko, and Cary Karacas’s Cartographic JapanKaren Pinto’s Medieval Islamic Maps, and Jessica Maier’s Rome Measured and Imagined. I am seeking projects that look at maps in their cultural and historical contexts to deepen and/or challenge our understanding of history. In geography, I am interested in books on cultural and social geography, historical geography, urban geography, and political geography. Recent titles include Stuart Elden’s Shakespearean Territories (October 2018) and Steven Seegel’s Map Men: Transnational Lives and Deaths of Geographers in the Making of East Central Europe.


Before joining the Press in 2015, I was classical music editor at Hal Leonard. I hold degrees in German and violin performance from Oberlin College and Conservatory and in musicology from Tufts University. Prior to those studies, I harbored plans to become a herpetologist focused on caecilians and the decline of amphibian populations. I am grateful to have returned to the world of those early interests as a science editor.


I am fortunate to be ably assisted by Michaela Luckey, editorial associate.

 

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