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De Gruyter publishes first-class scholarship and has done so for more than 270 years. An international, independent publisher headquartered in Berlin -- and with further offices in Boston, Beijing, Basel, Vienna, Warsaw and Munich -- it publishes over 1,300 new book titles each year and more than 900 journals in the humanities, social sciences, medicine, mathematics, engineering, computer sciences, natural sciences, and law. The publishing house also offers a wide range of digital media, including open access journals and books.


Part of the Humanities & Social Sciences division, the social sciences department constantly develops the portfolio of first-class scholarly publications. In your role you will be responsible for the acquisition and conceptualization of new academic book series and the development of our politics/IR and related areas, with particular focus on the acquisition of North American authors and editors. The contract is permanent.


  • Input in the strategic development of the North American politics, sociology, and geography programs in close coordination with our Editorial Director for the Social Sciences
  • Acquiring new titles and new editions of key backlist titles in the areas of Political Science and other related areas 
  • Expansion and fostering of academic networks with authors, editors, societies and research institutes in North America and Canada.
  • Budget responsibility for project signings and output towards achieving commercial objectives
  • Representation of the programs at international academic conferences
  • Close collaboration with our editorial offices, marketing, communications, and sales teams


  • Demonstrable relevant acquisitions/commissioning experience within the relevant areas
  • A relevant degree in a Social Sciences subjects
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and networking skills
  • Experience in building and maintaining an academic network in North America
  • Intellectual curiosity with a passion for finding creative solutions towards developing publishing products
  • Must be highly motivated and possess a self-starting attitude


  • An exciting professional challenge for one of the innovation drivers of the publishing industry
  • Extensive benefits for a healthy, balanced life and work
  • Time and space for curiosity, learning and development
  • Passionate colleagues in diverse teams
At De Gruyter, we believe in diversity and are committed to equal employment opportunities for everyone. It is our shared goal to create a workplace culture centered around inclusion and belonging.

Vontavia Smith | Human Resources
Phone: 857-303-0165