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BIOGRAPHY Here’s the bio that I usually send out upon request, so please feel free to use this:

Robin James is a writer, editor, and former associate professor of philosophy at UNC Charlotte. Her fifth book, Good Vibes Only: Phenomenology and the Biopolitics of Algorithmic Legitimation, is under contract with Duke University Press. Her previous four books include: The Future of Rock and Roll: 97X WOXY and the Fight for True Independence (UNC Press, 2023), The Sonic Episteme: acoustic resonance, neoliberalism, & biopolitics (Duke University Press, 2019), Resilience & Melancholy: pop music, feminism, and neoliberalism (Zero, 2015), and The Conjectural Body: gender, race and the philosophy of music (Lexington Books, 2010). Her writing has appeared in venues such as Jezebel, The Guardian, LARB, Real Life, BELT MagazineThe New Inquiry, SoundingOut!, Hypatia, differences, and the Journal of Popular Music Studies, and elsewhere across the internet. She’s an expert in feminism/gender/race and popular music, pop music and politics, sound studies, electronic dance music studies, and contemporary continental philosophy (especially critical theories of neoliberalism and biopolitics). She is also working on a sixth book project about the alt-rock-to-alt-right pipeline.

Robin is Editor for Media, Communications/Rhetoric, and Music/Sound/Audio Media Studies at Palgrave Macmillan. She acquires books broadly across Media and Communications, with emphases on rhetoric, NCA-style Communication Studies, and media theory/philosophy/ethics as well as in Musicology, Ethnomusicology, Music Theory, Popular Music Studies, and Sound Studies.

Send pitches and proposals to robin.james@palgrave-usa.com

HERE is a link to the proposal form we use at Palgrave. The best way to submit a proposal is to attach a completed proposal form and any sample chapters (1-2 if a single-authored book, no samples beyond chapter abstracts for edited collections and Handbooks) to my Palgrave email.

Here are some things I’m especially interested in commissioning right now:

  • Media & Communicaton
    • Media Theory
    • Rhetoric, especially as it intersects with philosophy
    • Interpersonal communication
    • Environmental communication
    • Anything practical, how-to oriented for Palgrave Practical Guides in Communication
    • A Handbook on Critical Sports Communication
  • Music, Sound, & Radio & Audio Media Studies
    • A Handbook on feminist, anti-racist, decolonial approaches in music theory
    • A Handbook on Podcasting
    • A Handbook on Radio & the Internet
    • A book series in Race, Gender, & Sound
    • A book series on Music & Technology
    • A book series of edited collections on individual musical works (albums, symphonies, etc.) or musicians.
    • Open Access works

Outside of work, Robin loves dogs, gardening, running, and face-melting industrial techno.  You can listen to recordings of some of her lectures here. She is also a digital sound artist and musician, and also works as a member of citation:obsolete. Here is the most current version of Robin’s CV, including links to most of her published writing.

All inquiries not related to Palgrave, including freelance inquiries, should be directed to robinmjames7@gmail.com.