In June, Penn Press bid goodbye to one of our longest-serving colleagues, Senior Humanities Editor Jerome Singerman. Over more than thirty years at Penn Press Jerry built award-winning lists in ancient studies, medieval and early modern history, literature, material culture, and Jewish studies. He was also active in numerous scholarly endeavors on the Penn campus, including the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies; the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts; and the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies. A search is now underway for a new senior editor.
In 2017 the Medieval Academy of America bestowed upon Jerry the Robert L. Kindrick-CARA award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies: he was the first publishing professional to be so recognized. And in 2020, an unprecedented three books that Jerry sponsored were recognized with awards from the Modern Language Association.
The most recent book series that Jerry sponsored illustrates his editorial vision: RaceB4Race focuses on topics from antiquity to the eighteenth century that engage historical and theoretical narratives about the ways race has been constructed and operates in the literature, history, and culture of the global West and beyond.
Penn Press Director Mary Francis says of our colleague’s contributions, “Jerry’s work helped shape the fields he dedicated his career to. His projects have enriched scholarly discourse in ways that Penn Press will always be proud of.”