Meet our Authors: Laura Finley and Matthew Johnson – April 2019

Laura and Matthew describe their experience of publishing their hugely socially important book Trumpism: The Politics of Gender in a Post-Propitious America with Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Laura Finley, PhD, is Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Barry University, USA. She is author, co-author, and editor of twenty books, as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles. She is also a syndicated columnist with PeaceVoice and a contributing author with New Clear Vision. In addition, Dr Finley is actively involved with a number of peace, justice and human rights initiatives.

“I am so very grateful that Cambridge Scholars Publishing agreed several years ago to publish the series Peace Studies: Edges and Innovations, which I am fortunate to co-edit with Dr. Michael Minch, on behalf f the Peace and Justice Studies Association. This important series sheds light on current domestic and global issues, on ways that peace, conflict studies, and other scholars can contribute to social change, the role of students and activists in nonviolent social change movements, and more. I am also terrifically happy to have been able to co-author my first (but I am sure not last!) book with Matthew Johnson, a great friend and amazing colleague. This book was his idea, and thoroughly enjoyed working together and with all the fantastic and diverse contributors.

My interest in the topic comes from my deep dissatisfaction with the Trump presidency. As a long-time activist for peace, justice, human rights and gender equality, it was tremendously upsetting to see a candidate for the highest office in the U.S. who has been accused multiple times of sexual assault and who routinely makes disparaging and misogynistic comments. That such a person could win the presidency is appalling and begs for critical analysis. I believe this book offers some of that, although more is definitely needed. 

I continue to help organize and agitate nonviolently against many social injustices, and the Trump presidency and all that it represents in terms of gender equality and feminism have done nothing but reinforce the need for such efforts. I remain hopeful that the 2018 elections will bring dramatic disruption of the status quo and that the many dedicated activists, advocates and scholars already working on promoting gender equality will ring in a seat-tide of change.”

Matthew Johnson holds an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Hacettepe University (Turkey) and a BA in Journalism from the University of Maryland, where he began his activism organizing against war, poverty, racism, mass incarceration, and gender-based violence. He has published several articles on these topics. He has also served as an educator in a variety of contexts.

Trumpism was my first published book, and I have Cambridge Scholars to thank for it. I also have my co-editor to thank, Dr. Laura Finley, who has published through Cambridge Scholars Publishing before and recommended it due to its author-friendly process. It was nice to not only publish a book about a timely and important issue but also to see the finished product reflect the original vision, which dated back to election day 2016 and haunts me slightly less now that I have helped spawn an eloquent response. I wanted voices of those who felt most threatened by the rise of Trump to be represented, and I wanted it to be clear that, despite the media’s initial willingness to give Trump ‘a chance,’ that there was no chance to be given if one supports the rights of women, immigrants, black people, and other marginalized communities. The opposition’s worst fears have been realized two years into his administration. 

The book has inspired me to write more and to maintain contact with the contributors, many of whom continue to publish on related subjects. Another project is in the works now that there is less of a knee-jerk reaction to Trump in the United States and more long-term organizing and campaigning toward a more progressive future. #MeToo is perhaps the most powerful response to Trumpism to date, and I plan to conduct my PhD research on its aspirations. I hope to contribute what little I can to this important cause.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Trumpism: The Politics of Gender in a Post-Propitious America. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAAPR19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th May 2019.

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Meet our Authors: Hend T. Al-Sudairy – February 2019

Dr Hend T. Al-Sudairy is a professor of English Literature at the English Department of the College of Languages at Princess Norah University, Saudi Arabia, and Assistant Dean of Admission at Alfaisal University, Saudi Arabia. Her areas of interest are cultural dialogue, social and religious issues, identity, the use of technology in education, and translation.

She has published more than 35 journal articles, and has translated many works into Arabic.

A member of several social and scientific associations, she was also the first woman to join the “King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Award for Translation” scientific committee.

Alongside us, Hend has published Modern Woman in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Rights, Challenges, and Achievements, a massively important book that examines what it is to be a woman in Saudi Arabia, past and present, and champions the contributions made by influential Saudi women across history (amongst whose illustrious ranks Hend certainly is a member).


“[Before the publication of] my book: Modern Woman in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Rights, Challenges, and Achievements, I was unaware of many technicalities but the staff members have helped me and were ready to answer all my inquiries. They were awesome from editing to layout to publishing. That made it easy for me to complete the required steps to have the book ready. I am now writing my second book which deals with women’s freedom of expression and I have chosen to work with Cambridge Scholars Publishing again. I am happy that they accepted my transcript for publishing and I would recommend it to anyone who seeks my advice.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Modern Woman in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Rights, Challenges, and Achievements. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAFEB19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on the 18th March 2019.

Meet our Authors: Thomas Dylan Daniel – February 2019

Thomas Dylan Daniel is a free-thinking native Texan philosopher (with a name that could be almost be rearranged to form that of an equally free-thinking native Welsh philosopher-poet). He earned a BA in Philosophy from Southwestern University, USA, in 2008, and an MA in Applied Philosophy and Ethics from Texas State University, USA, in 2015.

Dylan’s career as a philosopher has included a bit of teaching and a number of essays, beginning with a book chapter entitled “The Lexicultural Propagation of Concepts”, published in 2014 in Philosophy of Language, edited by Brian Thomas and a policy piece called “The Need for a Standard Index of Vehicular Pollution Intensity in the United States” in OGEL, in 2015. Dylan has taken up a bit of a biographical bent of late, writing Brief Lives articles for Hermann von Helmholtz and Pierre Hadot for PhilosophyNow! in 2018 and 2016, respectively. Most recently, a piece popularizing Robert Pirsig’s work called “A Critical Reading of Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” was picked up by Archive Humanitas in early 2019.

Formal Dialectics is a postmodernism-inspired reframing of the very structure of rational thought, an attempt to clarify our understanding of the formal limits of reason. As Dylan’s first full-length work, this ambitious project has been warmly received by a number of critics for its scope, its power, and its vision. As it sits at the intersection of philosophy of mind and philosophy of language, Formal Dialectics deals with large concepts efficiently, ultimately laying out an effective analogy from Kurt Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem to apply the same sort of scope limitation to all of spoken or written language.

According to Dylan:


Working with Cambridge Scholars Publishing has truly changed my perception of the process of writing a book for the better. My first book was self-published by Amazon, and the comparison is one-sided: every step of the process has been made better in every way by CSP. Their polite staff, wide range of academic discussion topics, and global reach were all extremely impressive. The peer review process for the book was seamless, effective, and organized entirely by the publisher, who reached out to scholars on the Editorial Advisory Board for my subject on my behalf. Having completed this process, the publication moved forward extremely quickly in a most satisfactory way. The cover design, the final proofing, and the actual print run all happened extremely quickly and the staff has bent over backwards to get the word out about the book. The contract is also extremely reasonable for an academic work, and I will certainly be in touch with them when it comes time to publish my next work.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Dylan’s Formal Dialectics. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAFEB19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on the 18th March 2019.

Meet our Authors: Takesure Taringana – December 2018

Takesure Taringana is an economic historian and a Lecturer in the Department of Economic History at the University of Zimbabwe. He obtained his BA Honours degree in Economic History and his MPhil in African Economic History in 2008 and 2015 respectively. He has a sharp interest in agricultural commodities and development in Africa, and mainly focuses on coffee production in both colonial and post-colonial Zimbabwe. His research is also concerned with water and development, gender, language, climate change and community development.

In June 2018, Takesure published his first research monograph with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, entitled Agrarian Capitalism and the Development of the Coffee Industry in Colonial Zimbabwe 1900-1980. The book is an important touchstone for economic historians, political economists, and anyone who is interested in the dual logics of capitalism and colonialism as they have played out in Africa over the past 100 years.

Takesure explains why he chose to publish his first book with Cambridge Scholars:


“A major attraction to working with Cambridge Scholars Publishing was their strong reputation and the wide range of subjects that they cover. This offered me a timely and convenient entry into the world of distinguished scholarship. These virtues were further enhanced by Cambridge Scholars’ publicity drive, which enabled my book to reach a wide global readership and, therefore, make a significant impact on global scholarship.

 “I also really enjoyed the efficiency of the publication process, which was the result of a highly interactive relationship between the publisher and me. They managed to live up to their expectations of an author-orientated publishing process – this meant my involvement at every stage of the process, ensuring that my book is exactly what I wanted it to be!

 “As a junior scholar, publishing with Cambridge Scholars was my breakthrough in the scholarly world. It has boosted my confidence and encouraged me in my efforts to make a substantial and ongoing impact in the world of scholarly publishing.”


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Meet our Authors – Clara Sarmento

Clara Sarmento holds a PhD in Portuguese Culture and an MA in Anglo-American Studies, and is Director of the Centre for Intercultural Studies of the Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal, where she develops her research on intercultural theories and representations. She is a tenured Professor and the Director of Master’s programs in Specialized Translation and in Intercultural Studies for Business at the same university, and is the recipient of the American Club of Lisbon Award for Academic Merit and the Portuguese Centre for Social Studies Award for Young Social Scientists.

Clara is one of Cambridge Scholars’ most prolific and active authors. She is the author or editor of six books, and her seventh book, provisionally entitled Cultural Tourism and Heritage in Northern Portugal, is expected to be released in 2020. Not only this, Clara is a frequent contributor to our Recommended Reads campaigns, and is a trusted reviewer and member of our Anthropology Editorial Advisory Board. For more information about her, please click here.

Clara outlines her reasons for, and experiences of, working with Cambridge Scholars:

“As the founder and director of the Centre for Intercultural Studies of the Polytechnic of Porto, Cambridge Scholars Publishing was my natural choice for the international dissemination of scientific outputs while, back in 2006, working to establish what is now a reputed research centre.

My personal experience of having books published with Cambridge Scholars, both as a single author and as the editor of volumes with contributions from all over the world, is excellent, and I strongly recommend them to anyone wishing to have their work distributed, sold and reviewed worldwide, as has happened with all of my six books. Other leading authors in the blooming field of Intercultural Studies also publish with Cambridge Scholars, particularly because they welcome groundbreaking approaches that actually defy and transform conservative, patriarchal and Eurocentric academia. This is a publisher that pushes limits, brings about epistemological changes, and opens up new spaces for free discussion and independent research. 

I consider Cambridge Scholars to be one the most influential and innovative counter powers in the academic publishing world. Their books are placed worldwide on virtual bookstores within a couple of days of their publication, and I also emphasise the aesthetical quality of the books themselves, especially the attention given to the design of the cover. And last but not least, their employees, with their remarkable kindness and professionalism, guide us, the authors, in every stage of the publishing process and beyond.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Clara’s latest book, The Imagery of Writing in the Early Works of Paul Auster: From Stones to Books. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOANOV18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th December 2018.

Meet our Authors – Santiago Sia

Santiago Sia was Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of Milltown Institute at the National University of Ireland prior to his retirement. Author and editor of several books and articles, and an international lecturer, he was previously Professor of Philosophy and Director of Ethical Studies for several years at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA. His specialised fields are the philosophy of religion, ethics, and interdisciplinary studies. In addition, he has been closely associated with the academic and research programmes of various universities and professional institutions in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Santiago is one of Cambridge Scholars’ most prolific and renowned authors, with titles such as Society in its Challenges: Philosophical Considerations of Living in Society (2014), This Deep Pierian Spring: An Account of the Human Quest for Meaning (2016), and most recently The Christian Message as Vision and Mission: Philosophical Considerations of its Significance (2017). His books eschew traditional divides between philosophy, fiction, poetry, and academic writing, and are consistently and positively reviewed in journals around the world.


Santiago reflects on his ongoing experiences of working with Cambridge Scholars:

“Publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing has been, for me, a most positive and highly energising experience. The editorial team and administrative staff have always been thoroughly professional, highly supportive and invariably efficient. One can always rely on their prompt attention to queries and requests. While insisting on the traditional high standards for scholarly publications and on rigorous peer review they have also been encouraging of innovative methods and in the imaginative content of one’s academic output. Scholarship demands selective productivity, but it also expects courage to forge into new territories, to test less familiar fields, and to gather together one’s findings so as to share them with others.  In this respect, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, living up to their name as publishers of scholarship, have shown themselves to be reliable guides and intrepid leaders. Not surprisingly, therefore, they have continued to be the publishers of choice for a number of established scholars in various fields throughout the world.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on both the hardback and paperback variants of Santiago’s latest book, The Christian Message as Vision and Mission: Philosophical Considerations of its Significance. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAOCT18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th November 2018.

Meet our Authors – Anna Gadd Colombi

A former professional swimmer, Anna Gadd Colombi has been teaching and coordinating units of Translation Studies, Italian Studies and Spanish Studies at The University of Western Australia since 2012, and is a NAATI certified translator from English into Italian. She attended Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy, and Universidad Complutense de Madrid whilst competing internationally. After her BA and MA studies, from 2011 to 2015 she held a scholarship for doctoral studies at The University of Western Australia, where she completed a thesis in Italian Studies and Translation Studies. In doing so, she attended and presented at translation and language teaching and learning conferences in Australia, Europe and Canada.

In July of this year, she published her maiden monograph with Cambridge Scholars, entitled Translation as Criticism: Elizabeth Jolley’s Mr Scobie’s Riddle. A revised version of her doctoral thesis, the book is an in-depth analysis of the themes, places, characters and voices of the novelist Elizabeth Jolley’s acclaimed Mr Scobie’s Riddle.


Publishing your first book can be a daunting endeavour, and Anna explains her experiences of working with Cambridge Scholars on hers:

“I came across Cambridge Scholars Publishing through a colleague in the School of Italian Studies at The University of Western Australia. My colleague showed me his recently published doctoral thesis, which is a milestone for many young academics. Soon after completing my own PhD in Italian Studies and Translation Studies I received an email from Cambridge Scholars and decided to review my thesis to create a manuscript on translation as criticism, as analysis of an existing work, in particular, on Elizabeth Jolley’s Mr Scobie’s Riddle. I am incredibly happy I went with Cambridge Scholars Publishing as they were very attentive and punctual throughout the publishing process.”


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