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Carole Sargent

Title

Director, Scholarly Publications

Department

Main Campus, Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS)
General profile

Phone

+1 202-687-5989

Alt. phone

202-558-6370

Alt. email

booklab@georgetown.edu (group mailbox, publications business only)

Location

Bio

Director of an office guiding tenure-line faculty to scholarly book and article publishing at university presses and first-tier academic journals.

My first two books were published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. I've worked at Georgetown since 1997, and taught Restoration and eighteenth-century literature and nonfiction publishing in the English Department before moving to this role. Before Georgetown I taught courses and/or publishing seminars at the University of Virginia, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Duke.

I also guide emerging scholars globally who wish to publish in the west, and I travel to learn about international academic publishing. An "Engaging India" grant took me and my guest, the Director of Georgetown University Press, to university and trade presses in New Delhi, India, and to the Jaipur Literature Festival. Countries where I have led professional publishing workshops for rising scholars or visited their academic groups include Qatar, Jordan, Kenya, Haiti, and Italy.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Life memberships: American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies; Society for the Study of Early Modern Women; Society of Early Americanists; Society for the Study of American Women Writers; Frome Society for Local Study. Memberships: American Historical Association; SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing); North American Friends of Chawton House Library; Authors Guild.

Also a journalist member of the National Press Club, where I serve on the Book and Author Committee and chaired its 2008 Book Fair.

MEDIA COVERAGE

My two previous books (as Carole Fungaroli) were discussed or featured in The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, Forbes, Fortune, Entertainment Weekly–where the first book was a “Title of the Week”–and other newspapers and magazines; appearances on CNN, NPR, The Early Show, “60 Minutes,” and other national media.

RADIO HOST, PRODUCER, GUEST

I currently host and produce “The Georgetown University Forum,” distributed through NPR and also heard on Armed Forces Radio. Past radio experience includes work as a regional host at WUNC-FM, home of the Southeastern Bureau of National Public Radio, where I worked while a visiting scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill. In Washington, DC I was deputy executive producer of “From the National Press Club” for XM; I have been a guest on One Union Station, Morning Edition, and Talk of the Nation for NPR.

LITERARY AGENT ADVISING

Authors with exceptional credentials from outside Georgetown can pay the university to work with me on nonfiction book proposals. Since 2006 I've worked with scores of authors. Here are three highlights: a faculty author I coached on a proposal got a Trident Media agent, and received a six-figure advance for hardcover nonfiction in the summer of 2013; one of our nonfiction authors recently had a cover story about his book in Foreign Policy and I obtained an agent for him from William Morris Endeavor; and one of my fiction authors became the #1 debut novelist on Amazon last fall after I found an agent for him at Trident Media.

Education

  • Ph.D. (1994) University of Virginia, Eighteenth-Century Literary History
  • M.A. (1992) University of Virginia, English Literary History
  • B.A. (1990) George Mason University, Literary History

Languages

  • French (read, write)
  • Italian (read)