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

Email: 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

Email: 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.


Our Dublin-based editor Christabel Scaife commissions in a number of different areas across the humanities and social sciences. Visit the Dublin page for more information.