The First Book: Guidelines for Turning Your Dissertation into a Manuscript


Marshall Building, Room 490
845 N. Park Ave.
85721 Tucson , AZ


Fri, 01/25/2019 - 3:00pm to Fri, 08/12/2022 - 9:14pm


Part of the Spring 2019 Middle Eastern and North African Studies Colloquium Series and the Student Professional Development Series 

Gökçe Günel, Assistant Professor, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, University of Arizona 

Kristen Buckles, Editor-in-Chief, University of Arizona Press

Book, Spaceship in the Desert cover

This talk will walk students through the process of turning a dissertation into a book. It will provide practical suggestions about how to choose and contact academic presses, how to manage peer reviews, and finally how to market and promote the published monograph.


Gökçe Günel is an Assistant Professor in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona. Her book Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi (Duke University Press, 2019) focuses on the construction of renewable energy and clean technology infrastructures in the United Arab Emirates, concentrating on the Masdar City project. After finishing her PhD at Cornell, Günel was a Cultures of Energy Mellon-Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University and an ACLS New Faculty Fellow and Lecturer at Columbia University. Her articles have been published in Public Culture, Anthropological Quarterly, Engineering Studies, Avery Review, Limn and PoLAR among others.

Kristen Buckles has fifteen years of book-publishing experience. She is editor-in-chief at the University of Arizona Press and acquisitions editor for the humanities. Kristen’s titles have received top honors, including awards and recognition from the National Book Critics Circle, the Academy of American Poets, and the American Library Association. She holds a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Arizona.


Co-Sponsored by Latin American Studies