Publishing Staff and their Interests

Angus Phillips

Director, Oxford International Centre for Publishing

Director, Confucius Institute at Oxford Brookes

Angus Phillips is Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing. He has degrees from Oxford and Warwick universities, and before joining Oxford Brookes he ran a trade and reference list at Oxford University Press. He works as a consultant to the publishing industry and is often invited to speak at international conferences and events. His recent books include Inside Book Publishing (with Giles Clark) and Turning the Page: The evolution of the book. He is on the European Advisory Board of Princeton University Press and was a judge for the Bookseller industry awards for four years in a row from 2010 to 2013. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the premier publishing journal Logos.

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Michael Bhaskar

Visiting Research Academic

Author of The Content Machine and Curation

Canelo Co-founder and Publishing Director

Oxford and London Jan 2015 - Present 

  • Started a new digital publisher from scratch with limited funds
  • Eight books published in the first six months, many more under contract including big name authors; publishing systems, contracts and relationships in place
  • Extensive launch coverage
  • Ambitious long term business plan

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Adam Blades

Lecturer in Digital Publishing

Adam comes from the competitive world of London freelancing, where he built web products and services for companies like Zurich Insurance and LegalWeek, while also working at global technology bootcamp General Assembly. With an intimate knowledge of the publishing course that comes with being an ex-student, he is passionate about creating meaningful learning experiences that challenge students’ preconceptions of themselves, and has them creating things they never thought possible.

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Adrian Bullock

Associate Lecturer in Publishing

Areas of publishing, with particular reference to: design; production management; printing; binding; raw materials; procurement; and financial and project management. All areas of teaching, learning, course development, and assessment.

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Dr Caroline Davis

Senior Lecturer in Publishing

Caroline Davis's main teaching and research interests are in book history and publishing history from the 19th century to the 21st century. Her research focuses on British postcolonial publishing, and in particular on literary publishing histories in Africa. She is the author of Creating Postcolonial Literature: African Writers and British Publishers (Palgrave, 2013), co-editor of The Book in Africa: Critical Debates (Palgrave, 2015), and editor of Print Cultures: A Reader in Theory and Practice (Macmillan, 2019).

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Sarah Franklin

Senior Lecturer in Publishing

Sarah Franklin worked for literary agents and publishing houses such as Pearson Education in the UK, the US, and Ireland. She has worked across fiction and non-fiction for the trade and academic markets, and her sales and marketing work has taken her from Alaska to Australia. Editorially, she's worked with best-sellers to first time self-publishing authors. Sarah has also published and writes regular book review columns and freelance articles for publications such as the Guardian, The Sunday Express, The Seattle Times and Psychologies magazine.

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Jonathan Glasspool

Associate Lecturer - chair of Industry Advisory Board at OICP

Jonathan Glasspool is Managing Director of Bloomsbury Academic & Professional and President of Bloomsbury USA. He was formerly Product Director in Bloomsbury’s Electronic Media Division. Previous jobs include Publisher with Reed Elsevier in Singapore, Melbourne and Oxford. Bloomsbury Academic & Professional was awarded Academic, Educational & Professional Publisher of the Year in Bookseller Industry Awards for both 2013 and 2014.  It was awarded both Independent Publisher of the Year and Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year at the 2013 IPG Industry Awards.

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Chris Jennings

Senior Lecturer in Digital Publishing

Chris is particularly interested eBook development and has produced a number of eBooks. His special interest is in eBook Typography and he has published eBooks distributed in the Apple iBookstore. His 'eBook Typography for Flowable eBooks', and 'From Print Book to eBook' have proved extremely popular for both self-publishers and publishing companies who need to develop an understanding of multi-platform publshing.

Chris maintains several web sites and his is a well known resource for all things for eBook publishers. He open source publishes his own wide ranging knowledge of Digital Publishing on his git hosted web site at

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Dr Miriam J Johnson

Senior Lecturer in Publishing; Subject Coordinator for the MA in Publishing Media and the MA in Digital Publishing. 

Miriam’s professional career includes work as a second hand and collectible bookseller, founder of The Istanbul Review, and in working with Scottish PEN and Scottish Book Trust, as well as developing an immersive literature project in Edinburgh in conjunction with The Bridge Awards and Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature (

Her academic research blurs the lines between creative writing and publishing in digitally social settings. She is currently researching the relationship between social media platforms, the writers and communities they produce, and the traditional publishing industry – including the roles of gender, genre, and the power dynamics involved. 

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Helena Markou

Subject Coordinator, MA Publishing Studies

Helena is the Subject Coordinator for the distance learning MA Publishing Studies (VA68) at Oxford Brookes University and is responsible for pastoral care of students alongside the teaching and development of the programme. She has been involved in the development and teaching of the distance learning degree programme since it was launched.  The post is part-time and carried out remotely from her home in Scotland. 

Helena's professional career spans publishing, bookselling, and digital consultancy.  As Publishing Innovation Manager at Blackwell she completed a Knowledge Transfer Partnership developing and launching the UK's first custom textbook service to incorporate chapters from multiple copyright holders. Prior to this she worked in International Sales at Taylor & Francis and was Head of New Business at Perini Networks.


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Dr Jane Potter

Reader (Arts) & Postgradutate Research Tutor for Publishing, FEA

Jane's research and teaching focuses on book and literary history.  Her monograph Boys in Khaki, Girls in Print: Women's Literary Responses to the Great War 1914-1918 (OUP 2005; paperback 2007) was joint winner of the 2006 Women’s History Network Book Prize and she has published widely on many aspects of war literature, book history, and women's writing. Her current research is a collaborative project with Dr Carol Acton (St. Jerome's, University of Waterloo, Canada) entitled Working in a World of Hurt: Trauma and Resilience in the Narratives of Medical Personnel in Warzones (Manchester University Press, 2015). A Trustee of the Wilfred Owen Literary Estate, she is the author of Wilfred Owen: An Illustrated Life (Bodleian Library Publishing, 2014) and is currently working on a new edition of Owen's Selected Letters for Oxford University Press.  With Ralf Schneider (University of Beilefeld) she is editing The Handbook of British Literature and Culture of the First World War (forthcoming, deGruyter).

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Leander Reeves

Senior Lecturer in Publishing

Leander’s main area of teaching centres on consumer magazines, journalism and culture. Leander has published on celebrity, hyperreality, Westworld, time travel, Princess Diana, and can sometimes be heard on BBC Radio Oxford discussing contemporary cultural issues. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Magazine Media

Her research interests include: hyperreality, the history of consumer magazines, time travel, science fiction, gender and celebrity in consumer magazines. She is currently undertaking a PhD where she is mapping the source of the hyperreal. Leander’s research often appears in modules for this degree and for others. 

She is able to ruin Christmas for students in a just few lecture slides, her house is full of sci-fi and her office is full of magazines. 

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Alexandra Shakespeare

Senior Lecturer in Publishing

Teaching magazine journalism and how to edit publications for specialist markets, Alexandra offers valuable insights on how to make it as a magazine writer in a highly competitive industry. She brings over 18 years cross-platform publishing experience specialising in fashion, health and travel for a variety of leading titles including Hearst’s and in the Middle East, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia.

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Philip Shaw

Senior Lecturer in Publishing

Philip Shaw lectures on the commercial and financial aspects of publishing.  After graduating in history from the University of Cambridge, Philip obtained an MBA from Cranfield University. He has worked for thirty years in educational and academic publishing, holding senior marketing and publishing management positions in the Reed Elsevier and Hachette groups in the UK and the USA.

Philip is also an Associate with Bertoli Mitchell LLP, advisors to publishing companies on mergers and acquisitions, strategy and the commercial exploitation and valuation of intellectual property assets.

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Beverley Tarquini

Senior Lecturer in Publishing

Beverley's teaching focuses on editorial, new product development and rights modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and her future research will include looking at specific aspects of educational and academic publishing and also employability. She continues to work as a freelance editor for several publishers. She is jointly responsible for work experience placements for publishing students.

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Craig Taylor

Lecturer in Publishing

Under the pen name C M Taylor, Craig is the author of six novels and is the co-writer of a feature film. His 2011 novel Premiership Psycho has been optioned for TV by the rapper and director Plan B and Craig has written the pilot.

For his last novel, Staying On (Duckworth 2018), Craig worked with the British Library who installed software on his laptop to record his writing process.

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