ABC-CLIO/Greenwood - Reference

History and Mission

Harold Mason and Harold Schwartz founded Greenwood Press, Inc., in 1967, with an initial focus on reprinting out-of-print works, particularly titles listed in the American Library Association’s first edition of Books for College Libraries (1967). In 1986, Greenwood Press, Inc. (now Greenwood Publishing Group) purchased Praeger Publishers. The company continued to evolve and experienced several ownership changes over the next 20 years. In 2008, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt granted ABC-CLIO a perpetual license, taking the name of Greenwood Press.

For more than half a century, scholars, educators, and students around the world have relied on the authoritative books published by ABC-CLIO and Greenwood that aim to improve the research experience by providing comprehensive content with direct relevance from resources that enhance critical thinking.

The Team
Leadership Team

Vince BurnsABC-CLIO/Greenwood is led by Vince Burns, Vice President of Editorial. Vince and his team of editors are dedicated to publishing reference titles that engage learners, foster 21st-century skills connected to independent critical thinking, and encourage the exploration and understanding of complex issues.

“We take it as our mission not just to gather and present information, but to truly serve the needs of those who use our products.”

— Vince Burns


BurnsKelli S. Burns, PhD, is associate professor in the Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications at the University of South Florida. She is author of Praeger's Celeb 2.0: How Social Media Foster Our Fascination with Popular Culture. Her research has been published in Journal of Advertising, Journal of New Communications Research, Newspaper Research Journal, and International Journal of Interactive Marketing and Advertising and as chapters in several edited volumes. Burns received a doctorate in mass communication from the University of Florida, where she was a presidential fellow; a master's degree in mass communication from Middle Tennessee State University; and a bachelor's degree in mathematics and business administration from Vanderbilt University.

Selected Publications:

Social Media: A Reference Handbook (2017)

KerskiJoseph J. Kerski, PhD, is a geographer who teaches online and face-to-face courses at primary and secondary schools, through massive open online courses (MOOCs) as well as via universities such as Sinte Gleska University, Elmhurst College, and the University of Denver. Since 2006, he has served as education manager for Esri internationally, with emphasis on thought leadership in geospatial technologies in formal and informal education at all levels. Kerski believes that spatial analysis with geotechnologies can transform education and society through better decision making using the geographic perspective. He holds three degrees in geography, is active in creating and teaching online courses in geography and geotechnologies, and served for 22 years as geographer and cartographer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Census Bureau, and the U.S. Geological Survey. His focus is on GIS-based curriculum development; research in the effectiveness of GIS in education; professional development for educators; communication about the need for geographic skills, tools, and perspectives; and fostering partnerships to support GIS in education..

Selected Publications:

Interpreting Our World: 100 Discoveries That Revolutionized Geography (2016)

VileJohn R. Vile, is assistant professor of history at Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH. His published works include Old Hickory's Nephew: The Political and Private Struggles of Andrew Jackson Donelson.

Selected Publications:

Jacksonian and Antebellum Age: People and Perspectives (2016)

LacovaraPeter Lacovara, PhD, is director of the Ancient Egyptian Heritage and Archaeology Fund. His published works include Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile and The New Kingdom Royal City. He received his doctorate in Egyptian archaeology from the University of Chicago.

Selected Publications:

The World of Ancient Egypt: A Daily Life Encyclopedia (2016)

EastmanCari Lee Skogberg Eastman, PhD, is an independent scholar studying border and immigration issues. She is the author of Shaping the Immigration Debate: Contending Civil Societies on the US-Mexico Border.

Selected Publications:

Immigration: Examining the Facts (2016)

HaycockDean A. Haycock, PhD, is a science and medical writer. He is author of Murderous Minds: Exploring the Criminal Psychopathic Brain: Neurological Imaging and the Manifestation of Evil; The Everything Health Guide to Adult Bipolar Disorder; and The Everything Health Guide to Schizophrenia. His book Murderous Minds received the Honorable Mention award in the 2015 American Society of Journalists and Authors writing competition in the category of general nonfiction. Haycock earned a doctorate in neurobiology from Brown University and a fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health to study at The Rockefeller University. His scientific research has been published in Brain Research, Journal of Neurochemistry, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, and other peer-reviewed journals. His articles have appeared in Drug Discovery & Development, The Lancet Neurology, and Annals of Internal Medicine, as well as online at WebMD, BioWorld Today,, and Medcast Medical News. His website is

Selected Publications:

Characters on the Couch: Exploring Psychology through Literature and Film (2016)


Daniel Bedford

, PhD, is professor of geography at Weber State University, Ogden, UT.

John Cook is the Climate Communication Fellow for the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Selected Publications:

Climate Change: Examining the Facts (2016)

CarterGregg Carter is professor of sociology at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. He has authored or edited 23 books, including the first edition of ABC-CLIO's Gun Control in the United States: A Reference Handbook. His writings on contemporary social issues have also appeared in more than a dozen academic journals. More information on his professional life and avocations is available at

Selected Publications:

Gun Control in the United States: A Reference Handbook (2016)

Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law (2012)

Levin-WaldmanOren M. Levin-Waldman, PhD, is professor of public policy in the School for Public Affairs & Administration at Metropolitan College of New York.

Selected Publications:

The Minimum Wage: A Reference Handbook (2016)

GastelBarbara Gastel, MD, is professor of integrative biosciences and of medical humanities at Texas A&M University, College Station, where she coordinates the graduate program in science communication.

Robert Day is professor emeritus of English at the University of Delaware, Newark.

Selected Publications:

How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper: Eight Edition (2016)

AcunaRodolfo F. Acuña is founding chair of the Chicana/o Studies department at then San Fernando Valley State (California State University at Northridge) -- the largest Chicana/o Studies Department in the United States. He has authored twenty-two books, three of which received the Gustavus Myers Award for the Outstanding Book on Race Relations in North America. Black Issues In Higher Education selected Acuña as one of the “100 Most Influential Educators of the 20th Century."

Selected Publications:

U.S. Latino Issues (2017)

Voices of the U.S. Latino Experience (2008)

LuptonMary Jane Lupton, PhD, is professor emeritus at Morgan State University. Her other books include Praeger's Lucille Clifton: Her Life and Letters and Greenwood's James Welch: A Critical Companion and Maya Angelou: A Critical Companion. Lupton is author of the seminal essay "Singing the Black Mother: Maya Angelou and Autobiographical Continuity," published in Black American Literature Forum, as well as the groundbreaking feminist book Menstruation & Psychoanalysis. She was the first to receive the Ruthe T. Sheffey Award from Morgan State University in 2001.

Selected Publications:

Maya Angelou: The Iconic Self, 2nd Edition (2016)

Purva RawalPurva Rawal, PhD, is adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University and a principal at CapView Associates, a policy consulting firm. She previously served on the budget committee in the United States Senate as a key advisor to Chairman Conrad (D-ND) during health reform and health advisor to Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT). She received her doctorate in mental health services and policy program at Northwestern University.

Selected Publications:

The Affordable Care Act: Examining the Facts (2016)

Eric ZolovEric Zolov, PhD, is associate professor of Latin American history at Stony Brook University, NY. He is the author of Refried Elvis: The Rise of the Mexican Counterculture and coeditor of Fragments of a Golden Age: The Politics of Culture in Mexico Since 1940; Rockin' Las Américas: The Global Politics of Rock in Latin/o America; and Latin America and the United States: A Documentary History.

Selected Publications:

Iconic Mexico: An Encyclopedia from Acapulco to Zócalo (2015)

Spencer TuckerSpencer C. Tucker, PhD, was professor of history for 30 years at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth. He held the John Biggs Chair of Military History at his alma mater, Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, for six years until his retirement from teaching in 2003. He has also been the Fulbright Scholar and, as a U.S. Army captain, an intelligence analyst in the Pentagon. Since 2004 he has been the senior fellow of military history at ABC-CLIO and has authored or edited 46 books.

Selected Publications:

Battles that Changed American History: 100 of the Greatest Victories and Defeats (2014)

American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection (2013)

Almanac of American Military History (2012)

U.S. Leadership in Wartime: Clashes, Controversies, and Compromise (2009)

Ken Albala Ken Albala is professor of history at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, where he teaches courses on the Renaissance and Reformation, food history, and the history of medicine. He is the author or editor of 16 books on food. He is also the editor of three food series for Greenwood Press with 27 vol¬umes in print and is now editing the four-volume Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia.

Selected Publications:

From Famine to Fast Food: Nutrition, Diet, Concepts of Health around the World (2014)

Cooking in Europe, 1250–1650 (2006)

Food in Early Modern Europe (2003)

Paul BartropPaul R. Bartrop, PhD, one of the world’s leading scholars of the Holocaust and genocide, is professor of history and director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL. In 2011–2012, he was the Ida E. King Distinguished Visiting Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Richard Stockton College, NJ.

Selected Publications:

Encountering Genocide: Personal Accounts from Victims, Perpetrators, and Witnesses (2014)

A Biographical Encyclopedia of Contemporary Genocide: Portraits of Evil and Good (2012)

Lonnie Bunch Lonnie Bunch is founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Before his July 2005 appointment as director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Bunch served as the president of the Chicago Historical Society (January 2001 to June 2005). There, he led a successful capital campaign to transform the Historical Society in celebration of its 150th anniversary, managed an institutional reorganization, initiated an unprecedented outreach initiative to diverse communities, and launched a much-lauded exhibition and program on teenage life titled “Teen Chicago.”

Selected Publication:

Slave Culture: A Documentary Collection of the Slave Narratives from the Federal Writer’s Project (2014)

Clayborne Carson Clayborne Carson, PhD, has devoted his professional life to the study of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the movements King inspired. Since receiving his doctorate from UCLA in 1975, Carson has taught at Stanford University, where he is now professor of history and founding director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute.

During his undergraduate years at UCLA, Carson participated in civil rights and antiwar protests, and many of his subsequent writings reflect his experiences by stressing the importance of grassroots political activity within the African American freedom struggle. His scholarly publications have focused on African American protest movements and political thought of the period after World War II.

Selected Publications:

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Encyclopedia (2008)

The Movement 1964–1970 (1993)

Major General David T. Zabecki Major General David T. Zabecki, PhD, U.S. Army (Retired) is an honorary senior research fellow in war studies at Britain's University of Birmingham. In 2012, he served as the Dr. Leo A. Shifrin Distinguished Chair of Military History at the U.S. Naval Academy. He is also the chief military historian of the Weider History Group, the world's largest publisher of history magazines.

Selected Publications:

Steel Wind: Colonel Georg Bruchmüller and the Birth of Modern Artillery (1994)

Making a Difference
Unlimited Possibilities

ABC-CLIO/Greenwood publishes more than 100 titles each year with the goal of improving research and understanding by making reference content more engaging and accessible. The company strives to provide content with direct relevance to researchers.

ABC-CLIO/Greenwood titles go beyond surface-level knowledge or what you might find in an encyclopedia. We publish new reference material that provides deeper understanding and analysis and promotes the development of critical thinking skills.

Publishing Board and Balanced Scholarship — We take the responsibility of producing quality reference books very seriously. Our team of expert authors and editors ensures that our coverage is both authoritative and comprehensive.

Engaging and Inspiring Users — With so much information now available instantaneously via the Internet and portable devices, it’s not a challenge to search for reference material. However, our editors know that compelling details from reliable sources can pull readers further into topics while inciting interest and encouraging critical thinking. We work to create content that engages and inspires.

Encouraging Primary Source Analysis — Primary source documents allow students and researchers to engage in history directly. It is with good reason that certain speeches, images, and documents hold enduring significance but others are quickly forgotten. Primary sources form the core of our Documents Decoded Series, with experts providing detailed annotations that illuminate key topic and to explain their significance.

Building Statistical Literacy — Much of contemporary scholarship has a mathematical basis, making statistical literacy increasingly important. To foster these skills, we have included interactive tools in our digital reference and research resources that allow users to define and compare a wide range of data sets and then analyze the results for trends and patterns. In this way, users can build on their intuition and learn to test their hypotheses.


“I have worked with editors at Greenwood, Praeger, and ABC-CLIO for most of my publishing career and continue to be amazed at their professionalism and dedication to good work.”

— Bob Batchelor, author of Bob Dylan: A Biography and James Pedas Professor of Communication and Executive Director of the James Pedas Communication Center at Thiel College

"Greenwood Press/ABC-CLIO publishes wonderful books, and I am honored to be a Greenwood author."

— Michael Blitz, author of Jon Stewart: A Biography and Professor of English and Interdisciplinary Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York

"I am delighted to be part of the ABC-CLIO family of authors, and have found nothing but fulfilment in my relationship with this excellent publisher."

mdash; Paul Bartrop, author of Encountering Genocide: Personal Accounts from Victims, Perpetrators, and Witnesses, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, and one of the world’s leading scholars of the Holocaust and genocide

“The Greenwood/ABC-CLIO publishing team was a joy to work with.”

— Emmett G. Price III, Tammy L. Kernodle, and Horace J. Maxile, Jr., editors of Encyclopedia of African American Music

Emmett G. Price III is chair of the Department of African Studies and associate professor of music and African American studies at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

Tammy L. Kernodle, PhD, is associate professor of musicology at Miami University in Ohio.

Horace J. Maxile, Jr., PhD, is associate director of research at the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College, Chicago, IL.
Awards and Press

Noteworthy Book Awards

American Political Party System, The: A Reference Handbook
Outstanding Academic Title, 2017 — Choice

Natural Resource Conflicts: From Blood Diamonds to Rainforest Destruction
Outstanding Academic Title, 2017 — Choice

Natural Resource Conflicts: From Blood Diamonds to Rainforest Destruction
Best Book Awards — American Book Fest

Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection
Best Book Awards — American Book Fest

Folktales and Fairy Tales: Traditions and Texts from around the World
Best Book Awards — American Book Fest

At the Table: Food and Family around the World
Gourmand Award Winner in the Food & Family Category — Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

21st-Century Voter, The: Who Votes, How They Vote, and Why They Vote
2017 Outstanding Reference Source — RUSA

Africa: An Encyclopedia of Culture and Society
2017 Outstanding Reference Source — RUSA

Gun Politics in America: Historical and Modern Documents in Context
2017 Outstanding Reference Source — RUSA

Miracles: An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Supernatural Events from Antiquity to the Present
2017 Outstanding Reference Source — RUSA

Youth Cultures in America
2017 Outstanding Reference Source — RUSA

Persian Empire, The: A Historical Encyclopedia
2017 Best Historical Materials — RUSA

Clothing and Fashion: American Fashion from Head to Toe
2017 Best Reference Source — RUSA

World War II: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection
2016 Editors' Choice — Booklist

Celebrating Life Customs around the World: From Baby Showers to Funerals
Best Reference Titles of 2016, Social Science — Library Journal

Central Intelligence Agency, The: An Encyclopedia of Covert Ops, Intelligence Gathering, and Spies
Best Reference Titles of 2016 — Library Journal

Crimes of the Centuries: Notorious Crimes, Criminals, and Criminal Trials in American History
Best Reference Titles of 2016 — Library Journal

Miracles: An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Supernatural Events from Antiquity to the Present
Best Reference Titles of 2016, Religion and Philosophy — Library Journal

Encyclopedia of Modern Ethnic Conflicts
Best Reference Titles of 2016, Social Science — Library Journal

Religion and Politics in America: An Encyclopedia of Church and State in American Life
Best Reference Titles of 2016, Religion and Philosophy — Library Journal

Surveillance in America: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, and the Law
Best Reference Titles of 2016 — Library Journal

Today's Economic Issues: Democrats and Republicans
Best Reference Titles of 2016, Business & Economics — Library Journal

Water Planet: The Culture, Politics, Economics, and Sustainability of Water on Earth
Best Reference Titles of 2016, Sciences — Library Journal

Latinos and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia
Best Reference Titles of 2016 — Library Journal

Musicals in Film: A Guide to the Genre
Best Reference Titles of 2016, Arts & Literature — Library Journal

People of Color in the United States: Contemporary Issues in Education, Work, Communities, Health, and Immigration
Best Reference Titles of 2016, Social Science — Library Journal

Africa: An Encyclopedia of Culture and Society
Outstanding Academic Title, 2016 — Choice

Asian American Religious Cultures
Outstanding Academic Title, 2016 — Choice

Miracles: An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Supernatural Events from Antiquity to the Present
Outstanding Academic Title, 2016 — Choice

Modern Genocide: The Definitive Resource and Document Collection
2016 Outstanding Reference Source — RUSA/ALA

Weird Sports and Wacky Games around the World: From Buzkashi to Zorbing
2016 Outstanding Reference Source — RUSA/ALA

Women's Rights in the United States: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Issues, Events, and People
2016 Outstanding Reference Source — RUSA/ALA

The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four
2015 Silver Medalist in Reference — Independent Publisher

American Indians at Risk
2015 Outstanding Reference Source — RUSA/ALA

The Encyclopedia of the Wars of The Early American Republic, 1783-1812
2015 Outstanding Reference Source — RUSA/ALA

Muhammad in History, Thought, and Culture: An Encyclopedia of the Prophet of God
2015 Outstanding Reference Source — RUSA/ALA

Business Scandals, Corruption, and Reform: An Encyclopedia
2015 Outstanding Reference Source — RUSA/ALA

Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture
2014 Outstanding Reference Source — RUSA/ALA

Street Food around the World: An Encyclopedia of Food and Culture
2014 Street Food World Cuisine — Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection 2014 RUSA Outstanding Reference Source — RUSA/ALA
2014 Distinguished Book Award—Best Reference — ABA Banking Journal
2013 Top of the List Winner in Reference — Booklist
2013 Distinguished Writing Award — Army Historical Foundation

Climate Change: An Encyclopedia of Science and History
2013 Editors' Choice — Booklist
2013 Core Collections Start Title — H.W. Wilson, a division of EBSCO

Press Announcements

Six ABC-CLIO Titles Chosen by Reference Experts for RUSA Annual Outstanding References Sources List— February 16, 2018

ABC-CLIO Title Wins 2018 Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award— February 6, 2018

Eight ABC-CLIO Works Chosen by Choice as 2017 Outstanding Academic Titles— January 9, 2018

Six ABC-CLIO Titles Chosen by Reference Experts for RUSA Annual Outstanding Reference Sources List— January 26, 2017

ABC-CLIO Title Named to Booklist 2016 Editors’ Choice List— January 20, 2017

ABC-CLIO Title Wins 2015 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award — June 27, 2016

Greenwood Encyclopedia Wins 2016 IPPY Award — April 14, 2016

ABC-CLIO Author Rudy Acuña Receives John Hope Franklin Award — April 1, 2016

Fraser Receives YALSA/ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Service to Young Adults Achievement Award — March 4, 2016

Established Guide to Publishing in the Sciences Gets New Edition — March 3, 2016

ABC-CLIO Reference Title Wins 2016 Distinguished Book Award — February 12, 2016

ABC-CLIO Titles Named to RUSA’s 2016 Outstanding Reference Sources List — January 13, 2016

“Rare Books and Special Collections” Receives ABC-CLIO’s Best Books in Library Literature Award at ALA Annual Conference — June 28, 2015

The Advocacy for School Libraries Special Interest Group in New Mexico Receives ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant at ALA Annual Conference — June 27, 2015

Diana Rendina Receives ABC‐CLIO’s Frances Henne Award at ALA Annual Conference — June 27, 2015

ABC-CLIO Earns Two 2015 IPPY Awards — May 11, 2015

ABC-CLIO Recognized for Excellence in Reference Publishing at 2015 RUSA Awards — February 1, 2015


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