Basic Books: Meet the editors

Basic Books

Meet the Editors

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lara heimert

tj kelleher

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212-364-0657

TJ Kelleher joined Basic Books in 2009, and publishes predominantly in the field of science. Prior to coming to Basic Books, he held editorial positions at Natural History magazine, Smithsonian Books, and Seed magazine, as well as The Bond Buyer. A graduate of Harvard University, he is particularly interested in evolutionary theory, computer science, and tax increment financing. Recent highlights include Martin Ford’s Rise of the Robots, Edward Frenkel’s Love and Math, Eric Topol’s The Patient Will See You Now, Leonard Susskind’s Theoretical Minimum series, and Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together. He is also responsible for the publishing program surrounding The Feynman Lectures on Physics.

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DAN GERSTLE

Senior Editor

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212-364-0669

Lara Heimert joined Basic Books in 2005. Previously, she was Publisher of the Trade Division at Yale University Press. She has published numerous New York Times bestsellers by authors including Timothy Snyder, John Bradshaw, Arthur Brooks, Edmund Morgan, and Ahmed Rashid. Recent titles include Edward Baptist’s The Half Has Never Been Told, Eugene Rogan’s The Fall of the Ottomans, Nicholas Stargardt’s The German War, Bee Wilson’s First Bite, and Leonard Sax’s The Collapse of Parenting. A graduate of Princeton University, Lara acquires primarily in the field of history, broadly conceived – from world wars to marginalia, from culinary history to political theory, from diaspora to doodles.

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Dan Gerstle joined Basic Books in 2013 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and acquires mainly in history, politics, and current affairs. Among the books he has edited are the 2017 Lincoln Prize-winning Thunder at the Gates by Doug Egerton and Engines of Liberty by ACLU National Legal Director David Cole. Forthcoming titles include next works from historians Manisha Sinha, Walter Johnson, Matt Sutton, Jeremy Popkin, and Jared Farmer; from journalists Bhaskar Sunkara, Joan Biskupic, and Andrew McCarthy; and from education scholars Cathy Davidson and Pasi Sahlberg. Dan holds a BA from Princeton University and an MA in American Studies from Yale University.  

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Leah Stecher

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212-364-0659


Leah Stecher joined Basic Books in 2013. A graduate of Bowdoin College, she acquires in history (including social and cultural history), social sciences, women's studies, biography, and religion.

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Brian J. Distelberg joined Basic Books in 2015 from Harvard University Press. He acquires in history, politics, law, sociology, technology, and media, and has acquired books by authors including Laurent Dubois, R. Marie Griffith, Bernard Harcourt, Alexandra Natapoff, and Michael Willrich. A graduate of Harvard University, Brian also holds a PhD in US history from Yale University.

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