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Alison Mudditt

University of California Press

Alison Mudditt became Director of University of California Press in January 2011. Since joining the Press she has reshaped the Press’s strategy and structure with a focus on the Press’s unique qualities, leveraging these strengths into a clear and distinctive path for the Press. With an uncompromising commitment to a set of core values rooted in the University of California’s inclusive public mission and commitment to academic excellence, the Press remains committed to the highest standards of publishing and to bold ideas, while meeting the needs of its diverse audiences in the digital age in a way that is relevant, compelling and accessible. In her role as Director of the Press Alison also works closely with all key stakeholders in the scholarly communication system of the world’s leading public research university.

Previously Alison was Executive Vice President at SAGE Publications, Inc., where she led the SAGE's publishing programs across books, journals and digital during a period of tremendous growth at SAGE, including the acquisition of CQ Press and new publishing partnerships with major scholarly organizations such as the Association for Psychological Science and the American Sociological Association. A key focus of her role was developing strategies to respond to the dynamic global shifts in scholarly and scientific communication and education.

Alison has nearly twenty-five years experience in academic publishing which began at Blackwell in Oxford, UK. After three years in marketing, she moved into acquisitions and later became Publisher for the Humanities Division. In 1997, Alison moved to Taylor & Francis Inc. in Philadelphia as Publishing Director of the Behavioral Sciences Division. She was responsible for the global growth and consolidation of this division, as well as the successful launch of Psychology Press in the USA. Alison joined SAGE in 2001 as Vice President and Editorial Director, and was appointed Executive Vice President in 2004.

Alison served on the boards of Women in Publishing and the Society of Young Publishers in her early career in the UK and more recently as a member of the Executive Council of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the American Association of Publishers. She is a regular speaker at industry meetings, and co-chaired the Dean’s Leadership Council at California State University, Channel Islands.