University of Nevada Press appoints new director


After serving as Interim Director since March 2020, JoAnne Banducci was appointed Director of the University of Nevada Press on October 1. position to continue to develop its ability to tell the stories that shape the American West.

“The variety of what we are working on is exciting. We put all kinds of books out around the world to help educate people, ”Banducci said. “With my experience, I look forward to running the press more like a business. My predecessors in this role came from acquisitions or marketing, but with my background in business management, I will approach operations from a different perspective.

The press has already benefited from Banducci’s expertise in tax management. Since arriving in 2009, Banducci has helped the press overcome the fallout from two major financial challenges: the Great Recession and the budgetary uncertainties resulting from the pandemic.

“We build our budget from the bottom up,” Banducci explained. “We revise it if necessary and adjust accordingly. “

Thanks to this fiscal discipline, the press has flourished, publishing 21 books in 2020 and another 21 in 2021, continuing a tradition founded 60 years ago.

About the press

Enriching the lives of the Nevadans

Founded in 1961 by Robert Laxalt, the University of Nevada Press publishes scholarly works, creative non-fiction, fiction, and poetry that focus on the geographic area of ​​the West and the topics that define its character. unique. Laxalt’s biographer (Robert Laxalt: The Story of a Storyteller) and longtime supporter of the press Warren Lerude described Laxalt’s vision for the press as amplifying the literary voice in Nevada. So, much like the University of Nevada, Reno has assumed its role as a land granting institution – responding to the needs of the community it serves through research, education and outreach – The University of Nevada Press identifies the highest quality works designed to improve the lives of Nevadans. Recent publications include The state of mugwort 6th, Know a starry night and The ghost dancers.

Key series

While providing extensive coverage on topics of interest to Nevadans, the Press series offers in-depth expertise in ten strategically selected areas of interest:

The oldest of these is the Basque Studies series. Launched in the 1970s by Robert Laxalt and William Douglass, the books in this series cover all subjects related to Basque culture. From language teaching books to Basque music, through memoirs, literary criticism, history and novels, the series seeks to “bring the Basques to the attention of readers in the English-speaking world”. This tradition will continue in 2022 with the publication of an upcoming title, Jaialdi: a celebration of Basque culture, which offers a lively photographic tour of the largest Basque festival in the United States. Held in Boise, Idaho, every five years, Jaialdi attracts 50,000 people and serves as an introduction to Basque culture.

Serving NSHE

In addition to bringing books of the highest caliber to readers, the press also plays a key role in the academic traditions of the eight member institutions of the Nevada System of Higher Education. For example, its Test Site Poetry Series complements the work of the University of Nevada, the Black Mountain Institute in Las Vegas by publishing the winners of its annual poetry competition, and the Press amplified the work of the UNLV Gaming Press by distributing its publications. Like many textbooks published by the Press, that of Michael S. Green Nevada: A History of the Silver State has been a mainstay in classrooms across Nevada since its initial publication in 2015, and The state of mugwort by Michael W. Bowers, now in his 6e edition, is the standard textbook for History 217: Nevada History at Truckee Meadows Community College.

Banducci is also eager to identify opportunities to help professors put innovative books and projects to press that match both the mission of the press and the educational needs of their disciplines. The recently published Latinos in Nevada: A Political, Economic and Social Profile has not only been edited by four faculty members at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (John P. Tuman, Tiffany O. Howard, Nerses Kopalyan and David F. Damore), but it is also designed to facilitate teaching in the classroom about the growing and diverse Latin American population. Meanwhile, La Presse will publish its first book of poetry in two languages, North / Al Norte, in 2022; in 2020 he released a spanish version of his title The decline of Carlism; and plans to translate some of its most popular textbooks into Spanish are in the works. All of these efforts are aimed at enriching the classroom and providing new learning opportunities for NSHE students.

Of the worthy scholarship conducted on NSHE campuses, Banducci said, “We are here and we are here to help you. “

The Press and University of Nevada, Reno

Since its inception, the University of Nevada Press has been hosted on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. Over the past 60 years he has shared a productive partnership with the University, from distributing the work published in the William A. Douglass Center for Basque Studies to documenting the historic campus of the original institution of the State higher education, providing an outlet for the scholarship of its professors and alumni.

A member of the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame and professor emeritus of the university’s history, James Hulse has published six books with the press as sole author. In 2018 he collaborated with Rod Haulenbeek and Professor Emerita Cheryll Glotfelty of the Department of English on a seventh book, Visitor’s Guide to the University of Nevada, Reno Arboretum. the To guide is an interactive tour of the university’s 200 tree species and its 3,000 total specimens, which together have earned the campus the designation of Nevada State Arboretum. One of the pioneers of literature and environmental studies, Glotfelty has also edited a compilation of over 200 writings in Literary Nevada, which one reviewer described as a “surprise in his revelation of the sheer volume of Nevada literature, its variety and, most importantly, its quality” (Lawrence I. Berkove, writes in Vol. 44 No. 1 of West American Literature).

In 2019, the Press published Access for All: Expanding Opportunities and Programs to Support Successful Student Outcomes at University of Nevada, Reno, which shares the University’s efforts to support first-generation students on campus. Later that same year, the press published Collaborative Archeology at Stewart Indian School. Edited by University Associate Professor of Anthropology Sarah Cowie, Burns Paiute Tribe Culture and Heritage Department Director Diane L. Teeman, and University Heritage Consultant Christopher C. LeBlanc, the book explores the reform school’s attempt to forcibly assimilate indigenous populations at the turn of the twentieth century.

The forthcoming publication of the report by Associate Research Professor of the College of Science Zeb Hogan In pursuit of the giants: in search of the world’s largest freshwater fish further illustrates press efforts to record the story made by academics on NSHE campuses. Hogan has spent his career studying the large exotic fish that inhabit rivers and streams around the world. His work has been featured on television, and his project (Wonders of the Mekong) with the Nevada Global Water Center — in coordination with USAID and Cambodia’s Inland Fisheries Research and Development Institute — is designed to protect the ecosystems and biodiversity of the Lower Mekong, which supports more than 70 million people. Hunt the Giants is dedicated to Hogan’s globetrotter and his efforts to explore and protect vital rivers and the species they support.

“Hogan’s travels and research needs to be documented, and that’s what we do with Hunt the Giants“Banducci said.” It’s important work.

The synergistic nature of the relationship between the press and member missions of the NSHE System is not lost on the University of Nevada, Reno President Brian Sandoval. Installed like the Press on the University campus, Sandoval has seen how his publications have improved the scholarly activity of the Wolf Pack Family.

“JoAnne’s leadership is already having a profound impact on how this mission is accomplished by championing titles and stories that speak to the diverse communities of our state, as well as the work of our own faculty in key areas such as sustainability. and the environment. The university could not be more excited about the direction of the press and the way it responds to the literary and scholarly needs of Nevada. University of Nevada, Reno President Brian Sandoval

“The University of Nevada press, since its founding by Robert Laxalt, has greatly enriched the collective history and narrative associated with Nevada as well as the West. It plays an important role in providing what a Carnegie R1 institution like ours has to ensure the enduring value of works of intellectual and cultural significance, ”said Brian Sandoval, president of the University of Nevada, Reno . “JoAnne’s leadership is already having a profound impact on how this mission is accomplished by championing titles and stories that speak to the diverse communities of our state, as well as the work of our own faculty in key areas such as sustainability. and the environment. The university could not be more excited about the direction of the press and the way it responds to the literary and scholarly needs of Nevada.


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