Since it was founded in 1971, Peter Lang GmbH has been an institution in Germany's academic community. Core disciplines in the publishing programme include humanities and social sciences, together with law and economics.

Many of the series in our program, such as Kinder- und Jugendkultur, -literatur und –medien, or Romania Viva and Colloqia Baltica or Politische Kulturforschung, rank among the established forums in their disciplines. Some occupy outstanding positions in their fields, for example Rechtshistorische Reihe. In addition, the publishing program features journals, such as Mediaevistik. Internationale Zeitschrift für interdisziplinäre Mittelalterforschung.

All of our actions are driven by the will to meet the needs of editors and authors. We strive to offer them professional publishing services and to draw as much attention as possible to their work. That is why all publications at Peter Lang are produced in both hard copy and electronically – in all formats, suitable for all types of readers – to optimize access from around the world.

Editors and authors can decide themselves whether to publish in open access or to fund publication with the aid of sales proceeds: Peter Lang offers both models.

Our efforts focus on assuring content quality: every project is reviewed prior to publication. As the publisher, we support our editors with peer review procedures for their series.

The editors at Peter Lang have built up superb networks in their disciplines over the years through close ties to universities and non-university research institutions and membership in academic associations. Please refer to the list below to find the relevant contact for your discipline.

Interested in publishing with us? Please have a look at our editorial staff biographies below and email the appropriate editor. If you do not see your specific subject listed, please get in touch with one of our editors and your materials will be sent to the appropriate person.


Dr. Bianca Matzek
Publishing Director and Head of Editorial Germany/CH/Brussels

Bianca Matzek holds a doctorate in economics. Following positions in the management of the publishing group Handelsblatt Düsseldorf and the ZEIT-Verlag Beteiligungs GmbH, she was general manager of Book/Corporate Publishing with Springer Fachmedien in Wiesbaden, Germany. Since November 2015, she has been the publishing director of the editorial office in Bern. Subject areas: Management, architecture, media.


Senior Acquisitions Editors

Dr. Benjamin Kloss
Senior Acquisitions Editor (Romance Studies/Philosophy/Education)

Benjamin Kloss has been working at Peter Lang since 2004. After studying Hispanic language & literature, English language & literature and psychology at the Free University of Berlin and the University of Salamanca, he worked as a research fellow at the Free University of Berlin from 1999 to 2004, where he was awarded a PhD in Romance studies. As a senior acquisitions editor at Peter Lang, he is responsible for Romance studies, Slavic studies, philosophy and education.


Anja Lee
Senior Acquisitions Editor (Law)

Anja Lee studied business management in Berlin. Prior to joining Peter Lang, she has worked for the editorial office of a journal specialized in the field of foundation law and for various academic publishers as an acquisitions editor focusing on economics and the social sciences. Since March 2018, she is responsible for the law program at Peter Lang's Berlin office.


Michael Rücker
Senior Acquisitions Editor (Linguistics/German Language & Literature/English and American Studies)

Michael Rücker has been with Peter Lang Verlag since 1992. He previously worked for a book wholesaler in Modena and taught German at a grammar school in Trieste. He studied in Hamburg and Toulouse and holds a degree in Romance studies (French language & literature/Italian), English language & literature and economics.


Dr. Hermann Ühlein
Senior Acquisitions Editor (History/Politics/Theology)

Hermann Ühlein joined Peter Lang in 1995. After completing a bank apprenticeship, he gained a degree in Catholic theology and art history and was awarded a PhD in German language & literature in Mainz. After joining Peter Lang, he worked in the editorial department. Since being appointed senior acquisitions editor in 2014, he is the primary contact for authors and editors from the fields of history, politics and theology.


Dr. Kurt Wallat
Senior Acquisitions Editor (Law/Economics)

Kurt Wallat holds a PhD in humanities. After studying in Mainz and Freiburg, and working in an academic capacity at Freiburg University, he joined Peter Lang in 1996. As a senior acquisitions editor, he is responsible for publications and series focusing mainly on law and economics.


Ute Winkelkötter (German Language & Literature/Linguistics/History)
Senior Acquisitions Editor

Ute Winkelkötter has been working for Peter Lang since 1987. She gained her degree in English and German language & literature from Giessen University. Her responsibilities encompass the development of the publishing program and establishment of new series focusing particularly on German language & literature, linguistics and history in Scandinavia and the Baltic states, as well as in Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe.


Project Editors

Our project editors stay with you and your publication from the submission of your manuscript through to the publication of your work.

After manuscript submission, a comprehensive quality check is carried out; this includes the examination of the manuscript for orthographic correctness and formal uniformity, the technical analysis of the submitted image data and finally an iThenticate check.

In cooperation with you, cover and advertising texts are created for your book and advice is given on editorial services such as proofreading, editing, indexing and image processing. Of course, all other questions about your book will be answered!

At the end of this process, your manuscript is overseen by our Production team.