Frankfurt am Main
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 the Peter Lang Frankfurt 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. Jörg Meidenbauer
Jörg Meidenbauer studied history and German language & literature in Bonn, Bochum and Marburg. After being awarded his PhD in modern history, he started working in publishing in 1989, when he joined Bertelsmann in Munich. Management responsibilities in editing and publishing followed, as well as managing directorships at nonfiction and academic publishers. He has been managing director of Peter Lang GmbH since 2012, where programme development forms one of his areas of focus.
Oliver Waffender's academic background focuses on history, English language & literature, and American studies. After working for DuMont book publisher in Cologne, the Buchhändler-Vereinigung (Association of Book Retailers) in Frankfurt, and software specialists Klopotek und Partner in Berlin, he took on the management of a specialist history publisher in Hanover. In August 2013 he was appointed programme manager at Peter Lang GmbH, where he focuses on programme development and quality management.
Senior Acquisitions Editors
Senior Acquisitions Editor (Humanities/Social Sciences)
Isolde Fedderies has experience in working for the publishing companies Peter Lang and Suhrkamp since 1993. She holds degrees in German studies, majoring in literature science, and in political science and American language & literature. Since 2014, she has been responsible for publications focusing on humanities and social sciences, including sociology, psychology and music.
|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, philosophy and education.
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.
Senior Acquisitions Editor (Law)
Following commercial training, Melanie Sauer studied economics, Romance studies and English language & literature in Giessen and Aix-en-Provence. She has worked in media and public relations in both Germany and abroad. She joined Peter Lang Verlag in 1993 as an acquisitions editor. Within the law discipline, she is responsible for private and commercial law, enforcement, labour and tax law.
|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.
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.
Richard Breitenbach joined Peter Lang in April 1999. He holds degrees in German studies majoring in literature science, Romance studies majoring in Italian language & literature, and theatre, film and television studies from Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. As project editor, he is responsible for publications and series from Austria and Poland.
Elisabeth Hanuschkin has been working for Peter Lang Verlag since February 2016. She graduated in German language & literature and theatre studies from Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. As project editor, she is responsible for Romance studies, philosophy and education projects, together with projects from Northern Europe, the Baltic States, and Central and Southeast Europe.
Susanne Hoeves joined Peter Lang in 1995. She holds a degree in English language & literature and information science from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. At Peter Lang, she is responsible as project editor for history, theology and political science and for projects from Turkey.
Michael Santowski has been working for Peter Lang Verlag since November 2016. He graduated in English language & literature as well as history from Johannes Gutenberg-Universität. At Peter Lang, he is responsible as project editor for publications focusing on humanities and social sciences (including sociology, psychology and music) and law.
Dr. Sebastian Schmitt
Sebastian Schmitt has been working for Peter Lang since 2015. He studied German language & literature, geography, Greek philology and Japanese studies at Marburg University, and was awarded a PhD for his thesis on the poetics of East Asian writings by German-speaking authors. At Peter Lang, he looks after authors in the fields of Romance studies, philosophy and education as well as law and economics.