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Since 2005, the talented authors, staff, and friends of Oxford University Press provide daily commentary on nearly every subject under the sun, from philosophy to literature to economics. OUPblog is a source like no other on the blogosphere for learning, understanding and reflection, providing academic insights for the thinking world.


Leanne MacDuff, Acting Editor
Leanne MacDuff Joined Oxford University Press in September 2017 as a Social Media Manager. Prior to joining OUP, Leanne has worked with various large and small businesses across the UK helping them devise their content strategy, community management, and social media presence. When she’s not overseeing the OUPblog, she works closely with OUP Academic’s other social media channels to create content and help implement strategy across the business. Leanne loves taking a good photograph and is obsessed with Instagram. She also loves a good book, caramel macchiato, and a slice of cake, which are the perfect ingredients for any good day.


Yasmin 500x500Yasmin Coonjah, Deputy Editor
Yasmin Coonjah joined Oxford University Press in May 2015 as Social Media Marketing Assistant. She previously worked for various theatres around London, convincing members of the public to become audience members. When not blogging, she can be found devouring books and binge-watching box sets. Learn more about Yasmin.


Past Editors

2bc6b2fPriscilla Yu, Deputy Editor (2015 – 2018)
Priscilla joined Oxford University Press in September 2015. Prior to joining OUP, Priscilla worked as an Academic Media Associate for a Massachusetts anesthesia group, editing textbook copy and producing medicine-related educational materials. When she is not editing posts on the OUPblog, you can find her color-coordinating books on Pinterest and speed-walking through Manhattan in search of the best slice of NYC pizza. Learn more about Priscilla.


ElizabethElizabeth Furey, Deputy Editor (2015 – 2017)
Elizabeth Furey joined Oxford University Press in August 2015 as Social Media Manager. She previously worked in marketing for the restaurant industry and as a copywriter for a small online retail company, where she specialized in writing SEO-friendly product descriptions for Halloween costumes. When not blogging, she can be found doing improv comedy around New York City. Learn more about Elizabeth.


dan3 (2)Dan Parker, Editor (2012 – 2016)
Dan Parker joined Oxford University Press in February 2012 to work in UK publicity. After spending his lunch-breaks compiling facts about cheese and working out how to survive a Zombie Apocalypse, he moved to the Social Media team in May 2014. Dan started out as Deputy Editor on the OUPblog, but became Editor-in-Chief of the OUPblog in May 2016. Dan works closely with OUP Academic’s other social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Medium, Tumblr, and Pinterest. You can also learn about Dan’s obsession with cows and bears if that tickles your fancy.


Alice Northover (2012-2016)
Alice Northover joined Oxford University Press and the OUPblog in January 2012. Prior to joining Oxford, she worked in book publicity, annoyed colleagues about social media, argued semantics, and fantasized about running away to Paris and living as a late 1950s “intello.” Now she can be found wandering aimlessly around New York, obsessing about her cat, and still arguing semantics. Learn more about Alice.


soniaSonia Tsuruoka (2015-2016)
Sonia Tsuruoka served as Deputy Editor from 2015-2016. She interned at Oxford University Press in 2013, where she wrote about politics of slum tourism and William Ernest Henley’s “Invictus”, joined the online marketing team in June 2014, before moving over to social media in 2015. Prior to joining Oxford, she interned at Slate Magazine, where she investigated Newt Gingrich’s congressional doodles and waxed enthusiastic about April Ludgate from Parks and Recreation. Learn more about Sonia.


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Estefania joined Oxford University Press and the OUPblog in June 2016 as Social Media Marketing Coordinator and served as a Deputy Editor from 2016-2017. She can be found walking around the city, looking for the best spots with live music and food, and just soaking in the awesomeness that is New York City. Learn more about Estefania.


Julia Callaway (2013-2015)
Julia Callaway served as Deputy Editor from 2013-2015. She joined Oxford University Press in October 2010 as an intern on the Children’s Publicity team in the Oxford Education division, based in the UK, where she worked on books like Cat on the Mat and Friends, and the Winnie the Witch series. After working on a few different UK-based marketing teams, she made the move to the New York office in November 2013 to join the Social Media team. You can read Julia’s articles about words and language on the OxfordWords blog, and learn more about her interests.


Kirsty Doole (2010-2014)
Kirsty Doole served as a contributing editor and UK blog editor for the OUPblog. She joined Oxford University Press in the UK in July 2005. She is now Senior Publicity Manager and has worked with Oxford Journals, the Oxford World’s Classics series, Dictionaries, and many, many books. Pre-OUP, she was a dedicated bookseller. She loves Victorian literature, social history, and terrible television. Learn more about Kirsty.


Nicola Burton (2011-2013)
Nicola Burton served as a contributing editor to the OUPblog in 2011 and as UK blog editor from 2012-2013. She joined the UK publicity team at Oxford University Press in August 2011 and is now Publicity Manager for Oxford Dictionaries and OUP’s language and reference lists. She also tweets @OED and @OxfordWords. In previous years, Nicola could be found working in technology PR, drinking in East London pubs, and globetrotting with an overly large pink backpack. Learn more about Nicola.


Lauren Appelwick (2010-2011)
Lauren joined the Oxford University Press publicity department in 2008, and served as OUPblog Editor from 2010-2011. She is currently the Marketing + Partnerships Director for The Webby Awards and the daily newsletter Netted by the Webbys, which delivers “better living through the Internet”. Lauren is also an Editor for LadyBits. Follow her on Twitter: @laurenwick. Learn more about Lauren (circa 2010) on the OUPblog.


Rebecca Ford (2006-2010)
Rebecca (Ford) Bernstein was the OUPblog editor from 2006-2010. In 2010, she received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School (cum laude) with a concentration in information law and intellectual property. She is now an associate at the Fridman Law Group. Read Becca’s goodbye entry on the blog. Learn more about Rebecca.


Matt Sollars (2005-2006)
Matt Sollars was the founding editor of the blog from 2005 until 2006 when he left Oxford to work in journalism. He is thrilled (and a little proud) that his modest little idea is still thriving 10 years on. Since leaving Oxford, Matt has been a political reporter writing from Crain’s New York Business, a reporter and producer at WNYC where he helped run the local version of “Morning Edition,” and a budget policy researcher at the Citizens Budget Commission. Since 2012, he has been the press secretary at the New York City Campaign Finance Board where he promotes the city’s public campaign finance program and does his best to make sure that every New Yorker gets an “I Voted” sticker on Election Day.