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 also 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 began working in the publishing industry in 1995 and has been employed in trade, educational and academic publishing. She completed her PhD in French and German literature in 2005 and joined Peter Lang in 2010. Her core commissioning areas are French studies, German studies, English literature, cultural studies, comparative literature, film studies, art history and linguistics. She also manages specialized series in Russian literature, memory studies, science fiction, women’s writing, transnationalism, critical race studies, translation studies and Australian studies. She is currently developing our publishing programme in medical humanities, among other new areas. She is delighted to speak with scholars about new book and series proposals.


Dr. Philip Dunshea
Commissioning Editor
E-mail: p.dunshea@peterlang.com

Dr Philip Dunshea joined Peter Lang in 2018 and is working out of Glasgow, Scotland. As a former history lecturer at Cambridge University, he brings with him a weath of knowledge of both his subject area and current academia. At Peter Lang he is focusing on building networks in the North of England and Scotland and enhancing and establishing a presence with scholars in Open Access and traditional publishing in both history and selected social science areas.


Na Lo

Na Li
Commissioning Editor (China)
E-mail: n.li@peterlang.com

Na Li is currently focusing on the development of our publishing programme in China, which seeks to present a broad range of scholarly works about China 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 China (including translation projects). 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 not only China, but also East Asia more broadly.


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, languages and culture. 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.