Praeger - Scholarly Non Fiction

History and Mission

Frederick A. Praeger started his publishing company in 1950 with the primary focus of international studies with an emphasis on Eastern Europe and a subsidiary interest in art and archaeology. In 1965, the company began its journey through the hands of eight successive owners with its final home being ABC-CLIO. Since 2008, ABC-CLIO has been committed to maintaining and enhancing the vitality and integrity of the Praeger imprint while meeting the ever-changing needs within education both in academic and public libraries.


Today, Praeger provides expert perspectives in both contemporary and scholarly nonfiction covering a range of topics and opinions in the social sciences and humanities. Our unique network of authors, scholars, researchers, and editors help to guide readers through complex issues and topics with ease. Serving researchers, undergraduates, and general interest readers, our mission is to present multiple points of view on the most relevant topics in order to inform and to advance scholarship and understanding.


The Team
Leadership Team

The Praeger imprint is led by Kevin Downing, the Editorial Director of Print. He and the editorial staff at Praeger work closely with authors to provide readers with the challenging opinions and perspectives that have been the hallmark of the Praeger imprint for decades. Kevin has over twenty years of editorial experience in academic and reference publishing and has been part of the ABC-CLIO management team since 2008.

 In this new age of social media, it’s easy to become inundated with information and opinions on any topic. But how can readers trust that information? And how do they know whose opinions are based on strong evidence? In each and every book, Praeger provides authoritative information written by authors worth listening to. Praeger authors challenge the conventional wisdom, provoke thoughtful debate, and provide light on topics where there might otherwise be only heat.”
— Kevin Downing, Editorial Director, Print


Eric Presser,

MD, is an attending thoracic surgeon at Premier Surgical Associates in Palm Springs, CA, and an associate professor at the University of California, Riverside, School of Medicine. He serves on the board of the Desert Cancer Foundation and is a member of the medical advisory board of Gilda's Club, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He has lectured widely on the benefits of screening for prevention and early detection of lung cancer. As an innovator and inventor, Presser is a consultant with leading medical equipment companies, including Covidien, Life Technologies, and Galen Technologies. He received his medical degree with honors from Ross University School of Medicine; completed his surgical internship and residency at St. Vincent Hospital and Medical Center, where he was appointed to the position of chief resident; and completed his fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center after spending a year in cardiothoracic training at Louisiana State University..

Selected Publications:

An Empowering Guide to Lung Cancer: Six Steps to Taking Charge of Your Care and Your Life (2017)


Michele Payn,

is an author and a media resource who speaks from the intersection of farm and food to bring clarity and common sense to the grocery store. Known as one of North America's leading advocates, Payn is passionate about getting back to the truth in food—consumables raised the right way, by the right people, for the right reasons. She is an in-demand media resource whose work has appeared in USA Today, Food Insight, Food & Nutrition Magazine, Grist, and others as well as on NPR and CNN. As a Certified Speaking Professional, she has addressed hundreds of groups and audiences, such as dietetic associations, universities, Genome Prairie, the Michigan Vegetable Growers' Association, the Farm Credit Council, the Apple Processors Association, and farm bureaus in more than 30 states, helping thousands of people around the world translate farm to food. Payn is the author of No More Food Fights! Growing a Productive Farm & Food Conversation. Her website is and her social media identity is @mpaynspeaker.

Selected Publications:

Food Truths from Farm to Table: 25 Surprising Ways to Shop & Eat without Guilt (2017)


Mari Fitzduff is the founding director of the international Master of Arts programs in conflict resolution and coexistence at the Heller School at Brandeis University. Previously, she was the founding chief executive of the Community Relations Council (CRC), the prime conflict resolution agency in Northern Ireland. From 1997–2003, Fitzduff held a chair of conflict studies at the University of Ulster, where she was director of a United Nations University researching peacebuilding program development around the world. She has also worked on programs on conflict issues in the Basque Country, the Caucasus, Sri Lanka, Middle East, Indonesia, Russia, Crimea, Cameroon, Philippines, Peru, and Colombia. Her publications include An Introduction to Neuroscience for Peacebuilders; The Psychology of Resolving Global Conflicts: From War to Peace, coedited with Chris Stout; Beyond Violence: Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland; NGOs at the Table: Strategies for Influencing Policy in Areas of Conflict, coedited with Cheyanne Church; and Public Policy for Shared Societies.

Selected Publications:

Why Irrational Politics Appeals: Understanding the Allure of Trump (2017)


John F. Witte, PhD, is founding dean at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan. He has been a visiting professor in Hungary, Poland, England, Australia, and New Zealand. Witte has authored or coauthored 8 books, including The Politics and Development of the Federal Income Tax, what several reviewers have termed the seminal book on income tax policy and politics, as well as more than 75 articles, book chapters, and reports. Following three years as a naval intelligence officer, Witte attended graduate school at Yale University, where he received a master's degree in philosophy and a doctorate in political science. From 1977 to 2012, he was a professor in the Department of Political Science, the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs, and the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He was director of the La Follette School from 1998 to 2001. His research interests include policy analysis, democratic theory, education and tax policy, and politics.

Selected Publications:

The Politics of Loopholes: The Improbable Prospects for U.S. Tax Reform (2016)


Steven L. Blue, MBA, is CEO of Miller Ingenuity, a global supplier of mission-critical components in the transportation industry. Blue regularly provides insight for leading media outlets, including Fox Business, Bloomberg,

The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and SUCCESS magazine. He is the author of Burnarounds: Unlocking The Double Digit Profit Code and The Ten Million Dollar Employee: When Your Most Toxic Liability Meets Your Most Important Customer. Blue holds a bachelor's degree from State University of New York and a master's degree in business administration from Regis University. His website is

Selected Publications:

American Manufacturing 2.0: What Went Wrong and How to Make It Right (2016)


Christopher I. Maxwell, PhD, is Senior Fellow, Center for Leadership and Change Management, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He taught a foundation leadership course at the Wharton School for 15 years and created a leadership development program for undergraduates that took more than 200 business students to high peaks and trails in six countries. Maxwell's work has been published by the Organization Management Journal, Wharton@Work, Center for Creative Leadership, and the Wharton Leadership Digest.

Selected Publications:

Lead Like a Guide: How World-Class Mountain Guides Inspire Us to Be Better Leaders (2016)


Andrew O. Smith, MBA, JD, is a trustee, financial advisor, and licensed attorney who has counseled trust funds, estates, investment partnerships, limited-liability corporations, insurance trusts, real estate partnerships, and individuals.

Selected Publications:

Financial Literacy for Millennials: A Practical Guide to Managing Your Financial Life for Teens, College Students, and Young Adults (2016)

James Giles, PhD, is adjunct professor of psychology at Roskilde University, Denmark, and lecturer in the Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge. He is also on the Editorial Board of the journalPersonal Relationships. Visit his website:

Selected Publications:

Sexual Attraction: The Psychology of Allure (2015)

The Nature of Sexual Desire (2004)

Jacalyn S. Burke is founder and owner of Baby Does NYC, a blog focused on events, products, and services for parents of children 0–24 months old.


Selected Publications:

The Nanny Time Bomb: Navigating the Crisis in Child Care (2015)


Terri R. Kurtzberg, PhD, is associate professor of management and global business at Rutgers Business School Newark and New Brunswick, NJ.

Selected Publications:

Distracted: Staying Connected without Losing Focus (2017)

Virtual Teams: Mastering Communication and Collaboration in the Digital Age (2014)


Phil Harvey is the chief sponsor of the DKT Liberty Project, an advocacy group that raises awareness about liberty and freedom in the United States.

Lisa Conyers is director of policy studies for the DKT Liberty Project, where she works on topics including welfare, inequality, and civil liberties.

Selected Publications:

The Human Cost of Welfare (2016)


Michael Croland has written about Jews and punk for the Forward, New Voices, and his former blog, heebnvegan. Croland works as an editor for books about music. Like so many Jews and so many punks before him, he resides in New York. For more information, visit

Selected Publications:

Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk (2016)


Heath Brown, PhD, is assistant professor of public policy at the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and The Graduate Center, New York, NY. He is author of Lobbying the New President: Interests in Transition and Praeger's The Tea Party Divided: The Hidden Diversity of a Maturing Movement. He is also reviews editor for Interest Groups & Advocacy.

Selected Publications:

Pay-to-Play Politics: How Money Defines the American Democracy (2016)

The Tea Party Divided: The Hidden Diversity of a Maturing Movement (2015)


Lauren A. Wright, PhD, is director of investor relations at NV5 Global, Inc., and a member of the White House Transition Project. Wright is the winner of the John Allen Easley Medal and Award in Religion and the Elizabeth Phillips Award for the best essay in women's and gender studies, and she was nominated for the George C. Edwards III Award in presidency research. She received her doctorate in American government and political methodology from Georgetown University.

Selected Publication:

On Behalf of the President: Presidential Spouses and White House Communications Strategy Today (2016)


John Ballard, PhD, is professor of management at Mount St. Joseph University, Cincinnati, OH. In 2013,Cincy magazine honored him as one of Cincinnati's Outstanding Educators. His website is

Selected Publication:

Decoding the Workplace: 50 Keys to Understanding People in Organizations (2015)


Marcel Saucet, PhD, is research associate and visiting professor at the University of San Diego. Saucet is the owner of the advertising agency Street Marketing™ by LCA, a firm that specializes in guerrilla marketing in the street and innovation marketing. He holds Street Marketing conferences in Los Angeles and New York and lectures at business schools such as University of Southern California, Harvard University, University of Miami, University of Akron, and University of California-Berkeley.

Selected Publication:

Street Marketing™: The Future of Guerrilla Marketing and Buzz (2015)


Sharona Hoffman, JD, LLM, is the Edgar A. Hahn Professor of Law, professor of bioethics, and codirector of the Law-Medicine Center at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. She received her bachelor of arts magna cum laude from Wellesley College, her juris doctor degree cum laude from Harvard Law School, and her Master of Laws in health law from the University of Houston. Hoffman has twice spent a sabbatical semester as a visiting scholar at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2007 and 2014) and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow in Public Health Law in 2013. She has published more than 60 articles and book chapters on a broad range of health law and discrimination issues, won several awards for teaching and scholarship, and lectured throughout the United States and internationally as well as been widely featured in the media.

Selected Publication:

Aging with a Plan: How a Little Thought Today Can Vastly Improve Your Tomorrow (2015)


Dr. Imani Michelle Scott is a scholar, consultant, practitioner, and specialist in the areas of human communication, conflict analysis, and conflict resolution. She is the recent editor and contributing author of Crimes Against Humanity in the Land of the Free: Can a Truth and Reconciliation Process Heal Racial Conflict in America (2014) and a contributing writer to The Huffington Post. Dr. Scott holds a doctorate in conflict analysis and resolution from Nova Southeastern University, a master of arts in speech communication from Montclair State University, and a bachelor of arts in communication arts from Florida Atlantic University.

Selected Publication:

Crimes against Humanity in the Land of the Free: Can a Truth and Reconciliation Process Heal Racial Conflict in America (2014)


David Bryce Yaden is a research fellow and assistant instructor at The University of Pennsylvania in the Positive Psychology Center, under the direction of Dr. Martin Seligman. He works in collaboration with neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Newberg of Thomas Jefferson University and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at The University of Pennsylvania. His research focus is the psychology and cognitive neuroscience of the varieties of self-transcendent and spiritual experiences.

Selected Publication:

Being Called: Scientific, Secular, and Sacred Perspectives (2015)


Aaron Barlow is associate professor of English at New York City College of Technology and the author of five books relating to American culture, journalism, new media, and film, including The Rise of the Blogosphere, Beyond the Blogosphere, and Blogging America—all from Praeger.

Selected Publications:

The Cult of Individualism: A History of an Eduring American Myth (2013)

Beyond the Biosphere: Information and Its Children (2011)

Blogging America: The New Public Sphere (2007)

The Rise of the Biosphere (2007)


Bob Batchelor is James Pedas Professor of Communication and executive director of the James Pedas Communication Center at Thiel College. A noted cultural historian, Batchelor is the author or editor of 24 books, including three volumes in Greenwood’s Popular Culture through History series: The 1900s, The 1980s, and The 2000s.

Selected Publications:

We Are What We Sell: How Advertising Shapes American Life…And Always Has (2014)

John Updike: A Critical Biography (2013)

American History through American Sports: From Colonial Lacrosse to Extreme Sports (2012)

Cult Pop Culture: How the Fringe Became Mainstream (2011)


M. Keith Booker is the James E. and Ellen Wadley Roper Professor of English and director of the Program in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Arkansas. In addition to being the editor of Blue-Collar Pop Culture, he has authored or edited a total of more than 40 books on literature, literary theory, and popular culture.

Selected Publications:

Blue-Collar Pop Culture: From NASCAR to Jersey Shore (2012)

Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels (2010)

Disney, Pixar, and the Hidden Messages of Children’s Films (2009)

Postmodern Hollywood: What’s New in Film and Why It Makes Us Feel So Strange (2007)


Clifford W. Brown, PhD, is the Robert Porter Patterson Professor of Government at Union College, Schenectady, NY. His published works include Praeger’s A Campaign of Ideas: The 1980 Anderson/Lucey Platform as well as Struggles in the State: Sources and Patterns of World Revolution and Serious Money: Fundraising and Contributing in Presidential Nomination Campaigns. Brown holds a doctorate from Harvard University.

Selected Publication: 

Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave (2013)


Sylvia C. Chard, PhD, is Professor emeritus of early childhood education at the University of Alberta, Canada. She has worked at the University of Alberta since 1989, with seven of those years spent as director of the Child Study Centre, a laboratory school, in the Department of Elementary Education. Dr. Chard taught at various levels in schools from preschool through high school in England. She completed her Master of Education and doctorate at the University of Illinois.

Selected Publication:

Engaging Children’s Minds: The Project Approach (2000)

Making A Difference
Unlimited Possibilities

Praeger publishes more than 100 books a year on topics that are relevant to what is happening around the world as well as what is of interest to our customers. Our editorial team's deep subject knowledge guides students and general information seekers to move beyond preconceived notions by presenting multiple points of view on important topics. Our books include well-researched perspectives from distinguished scholars and experts to support college-level curricula with current, scholarly nonfiction coordinated to key areas of study. Praeger products meet the current needs of learners, presenting authoritative information on trending and relevant topics in innovative ways.


“At Praeger Security International, the editorial, production, design, and marketing teams have lent inspired support to this project from inception to completion.”
— Joseph Morrison Skelly, author of Political Islam from Muhammad to Ahmadinejad: Defenders, Detractors, and Definitions and associate professor of history at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, New York, NY

“Praeger: you have allowed me the opportunity to help others through my writing and life experiences—I will be forever grateful.”
— Sarah Allen Benton, author of Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic: Professional Views and Personal Insights and a primary therapist at Turning Point, New Haven, CT

“They are first-rate partners with whom to work.”
— Herbert C. Covey and Dwight Eisnach, coauthors of How the Slaves Saw the Civil War: Recollections of the War through the WPA Slave

“Praeger Press was—as always—a pleasure to work with.”
— Sharna Olfman, psychologist, educator, childhood advocate, and author of No Child Left Different

“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

“Praeger/ABC-CLIO gives its authors a great deal of freedom to develop ideas in the most creative ways a writer can imagine.”
— Morley D. Glicken, author of Mature Friendships, Love, and Romance: A Practical Guide to Intimacy for Older Adults and well-known social work scholar, teacher, and administrator

Awards and Press

Noteworthy Book Awards

Citizen Internees: A Second Look at Race and Citizenship in Japanese American Internment Camps
Outstanding Academic Title, 2017 — Choice

Civilian Lives of U.S. Veterans, The: Issues and Identities
Outstanding Academic Title, 2017 — Choice

Diversity in Couple and Family Therapy: Ethnicities, Sexualities, and Socioeconomics
Outstanding Academic Title, 2017 — Choice

Mexican American Psychology: Social, Cultural, and Clinical Perspectives
Outstanding Academic Title, 2017 — Choice

Social Media and Politics: A New Way to Participate in the Political Process
Outstanding Academic Title, 2017 — Choice

Where Science and Ethics Meet: Dilemmas at the Frontiers of Medicine and Biology
Outstanding Academic Title, 2017 — Choice

Diversity and Philanthropy: Expanding the Circle of Giving
AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize — The Association of Fundrasing Professionals

White Washing American Education: The New Culture Wars in Ethnic Studies
Best Reference Titles of 2016, Social Science — Library Journal

Food and Agriculture during the Civil War
Outstanding Academic Title, 2016 — Choice

Mass Shootings: Media, Myths, and Realities
Outstanding Academic Title, 2016 — Choice

Spiro Agnew and the Rise of the Republican Right
Outstanding Academic Title, 2016 — Choice

Women, War, and Violence: Topography, Resistance, and Hope
Outstanding Academic Title, 2016 — Choice

Decoding the Workplace: 50 Keys to Understanding People in Organizations
2016 Winner in Career — Next Generation Indie Book Awards

The Work-Life Equation: Six Key Values That Drive Happiness and Success
2016 Silver Medalist in Psychology — IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards

Future Jobs: Solving the Employment and Skills Crisis
2015 Bronze Medalist in Business/Career/Sales — Independent Publisher

Digital Death: Morality and Beyond in the Online Age
2015 Ray & Pat Browne Award for Best Edited Collection in Pop & American Culture — PCA/ACA

Women and Management: Global Issues and Promising Solutions
2015 Outstanding Business Reference Source — RUSA/ALA

Quack Medicine: A History of Combating Health Fraud in Twentieth-Century America
2014 ALHHS Publication Award — Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences

2013 Outstanding Academic Title — Choice

The Praeger Handbook of Community Mental Health Practice
2013 Outstanding Academic Titles — Choice

The Economics of Inequality, Poverty, and Discrimination in the 21st Century
2013 Outstanding Academic Title (Top 25) — Choice

Criminal Psychology
2013 Outstanding Academic Title — Choice

Press Announcements

Praeger Announces New Release of Praeger Security International Database — April 4, 2017

Praeger Self-Improvement Title Wins 2016 Benjamin Franklin Book Award — April 19, 2016

Details of Bernard Madoff’s Infamous Crime Exposed in Forthcoming Release from Praeger — February 10, 2016

New Release from Praeger Wins 2015 USA Best Book Award — November 18, 2015

New Release from Praeger Examines How Financial Decisions Can Serve Your Deepest Values and Highest Priorities — July 14, 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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