Our team

Open Book Publishers was founded in 2008 by a small group of academics at the University of Cambridge. Since then, we have grown into an international network of scholars who believe that it is time for academic publishing to become fairer, faster and more accessible. We are a registered Social Enterprise and Community Interest Company (CIC). Please feel free to email any of us at the addresses below.


Dr. Alessandra Tosi
is a co-founder and the Managing Director of Open Book Publishers. Alessandra is a specialist in nineteenth-century Russian fiction, reception and gender studies. A past Wingate Fellow, MHRA Research Fellow and a visiting fellow at Harvard University and the EUI, Alessandra has held academic positions at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge and at the University of Exeter. Her publications include Waiting for Pushkin: Russian Fiction in the Reign of Alexander I (2006) and, co-edited with Wendy Rosslyn, Women in Russian Culture and Society, 1700-1825 (2007) and Women in Nineteenth-Century Russia: Lives and Culture (2012). She is presently Life Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge. Email a.tosi[at]openbookpublishers.com

William St. Clair is the Chairman of the Board of Directors. William is a Fellow of the British Academy and has held fellowships at All Souls College, Oxford and Trinity College, Cambridge. He is presently a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London and the Centre for History and Economics, Cambridge and Harvard. His publications include That Greece Might Still Be Free: The Philhellenes in the War for Independence (rev. ed. 2008) and historical studies of literary dissemination. Email ws214[at]cam.ac.uk

Dr. Rupert Gatti is a co-founder and the third Director of Open Book Publishers. He is a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, where he is a Director of Studies in Economics. His published academic work includes microeconomic analysis of competition in online markets, game theory and search theory. He has held visiting positions at MIT and University of Florence, acted as an Economic Advisor on several EU competition studies, and is on the advisory board of a range of Open Access initiatives and is a frequently invited speaker on the OA movement. Email r.gatti[at]openbookpublishers.com

Editorial Board and Advisory Panel

Kevin R. Brine (NYU Arts and Science Board of Overseers)

Prof. William Brown (Master of Darwin College, University of Cambridge)

Prof. Anthony Cross (FBA, University of Cambridge)

Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Director of Scholarly Communication, Modern Language Association)

Dr. Anthony Mandal (Cardiff University)

Prof. Adrian Poole (Head of English Faculty, University of Cambridge)

Prof. Clive Scott (FBA, University of East Anglia)

Dr. Elinor Shaffer (FBA, University of London)

Prof. Clifford Siskin (New York University)
Geoff Stead (Senior Director, Mobile Learning at Qualcomm)

Dr. Mark Turin (University of Cambridge and Yale University)

Prof. William M. Todd III (Harvard College Professor of Russian Literature and Comparative Literature)


Digital Product Manager: Bianca Gualandi has recently completed her Master in Digital Humanities at King's College London. Email
IT support and development: Nik Sultana is a doctoral research student at the Computer Laboratory at Cambridge University, studying logic.

Web developer: Leif Denby is a doctoral research student at the Laboratory for Scientific Computing, University of Cambridge. His research focuses on computational fluid dynamics. WebpageEmail


Catherine Heygate is completing her PhD in History at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on the Mediterranean in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Email catherine[at]openbookpublishers.com

Corin Throsby
is a writer and researcher specializing in Romantic literature and the history of celebrity culture. WebpageEmail

Assistant Editors

Katie Simkin has completed her Masters in Global and Imperial History at the University of Oxford.

Cover Designer and Illustrations Manager

Heidi Carlson is studying towards her PhD at the University of Cambridge. Her research focusses on the material culture of Ireland during the seventeenth century.

Marketing Intern

Anastasios Tzitzikos recently completed a Masters in Digital Humanities at King's College London. He is now working towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Information Sciences at UCL.