Peter Lang Oxford publishes across the full range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Our primary goal is to publish the best of scholarly research in the United Kingdom and Ireland, although, as the world of academia becomes more globalized and integrated, our series increasingly welcome authors from all over the world. Our program is constantly expanding and we welcome proposals for individual books, new series and exciting new initiatives of any kind.

Our office is based in the heart of Oxford’s vibrant academic and publishing community and we also have a commissioning presence in Dublin. We are a team of talented and energetic professionals who are dedicated to publishing academic books of the highest quality.

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.


Lucy Melville
Publishing Director
E-mail: l.melville@peterlang.com

Lucy has been working in publishing since 1995 and as the UK and Irish Director of Peter Lang since 2011. With overall strategic and commissioning responsibility for the UK and Irish divisions, Lucy is also responsible for the History, Theology and Religious Studies, and Social Sciences lists. She acquires manuscripts in the areas of African development, ethics (including business ethics), religion and theology, media and communication, sport history, trade union history, and British Mesolithic and Neolithic studies, amongst others. She also commissions books in the history and culture of Scotland, aspects of British identity since 1707 and queer studies. She is always interested in receiving new series ideas.


Dr. Laurel Plapp
Senior Commissioning Editor
E-mail: l.plapp@peterlang.com

Laurel is Senior Commissioning Editor for the Language, Literature and Culture list. She began working in the publishing industry in 1995 and joined Peter Lang in 2010. She holds a PhD in Literature with a focus in French and German. Her core commissioning areas are modern languages and literatures, cultural studies and visual culture. She manages specialized series in memory studies, women’s writing, genre fiction, comparative literature, film studies, art history, translation studies, critical race studies, medical humanities and disability studies, among others. She is delighted to speak with scholars about new book and series proposals.


Na Lo

Na Li
Commissioning Editor (Area Studies: Asia & the Middle East)
E-mail: n.li@peterlang.com

Na Li is focusing on the development of our publishing programme of Area Studies, which includes publications of studies on the areas in Asia and the Middle East (incl. North Africa). The program seeks to present a broad range of scholarly works about these regions as an academic subject (from premodern to contemporary), as well as to showcase representative research in the field of humanities and social sciences produced by authors from within countries of these regions. Na began her career in academic publishing following her postgraduate studies in comparative literature and Asian studies. Alongside her position as Commissioning Editor, she is pursuing a Doctorate in Chinese studies, specializing in Chinese history and religious culture. She welcomes book and series proposals on all subject areas concerning Asia and the Middle East (incl. North Africa), either on a specific country and culture or from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective.


Na Li

Tony Mason
Senior Commissioning Editor (Ireland)
E-mail: a.mason@peterlang.com

Tony has been working in publishing since the early 1990s and is Senior Commissioning Editor, Ireland and the UK. He commissions books in the fields of Irish studies, education, and international relations. Tony is very interested in receiving book proposals and series ideas in these areas. He previously worked for Manchester University Press, Kogan Page and Prentice Hall among others. He has a particular interest in commissioning books on Ireland and has vast experience in that area.

Irish Studies

We are actively expanding our publishing program in Ireland, which is overseen by senior commissioning editor Tony Mason. Our book series Reimagining Ireland is a particular highlight of the program, showcasing the latest interdisciplinary research in Irish studies. We welcome proposals from scholars throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom working in all areas of the humanities and social sciences.