The Harrington Park Press staff is comprised of eight experienced publishing professionals who have expertise in all facets of traditional and academic publishing, on both a large and small scale. Our staff members have well over 100 years of combined publishing expertise.
Bill Cohen graduated from Columbia College (Class of ’71) with an undergraduate degree in psychology. He jumped directly into the publishing industry with Human Sciences Press, now part of Plenum Press, a division of Springer Science+Business Media. Starting as a clerk-typist, Bill became Director of Marketing within a year, and was in charge of all publicity and sales efforts for academic journal and book titles, managing a direct mail campaign reaching one million pieces a year.At the age of 26, Bill left Human Sciences Press together with its president, Patrick McLaughlin, to launch The Haworth Press, Inc. The name was taken from the township of Haworth in the United Kingdom, which was home to the famous Bronte Sisters. At the same time, Bill spent nights and weekends at the School of Library Science at Columbia University to learn more about librarianship, particularly serials librarianship and the selection and acquisition of monographs.Haworth Press began in Bill’s home office. From 1975 to 2006, the firm grew from publishing one peer-review academic journal to almost 200, and it published almost 5,000 monographs and texts. It eventually was housed in a multi-building office complex and had almost 200 employees at its Binghamton, New York, and Hazleton, Pennsylvania, sites.Harrington Park Press, a Haworth Press imprint, focused on cross-over titles of interest to both academics and the educated public, with a special focus on pioneering LGBT topics, as well as psychology and health care. In 1994, Bill bought out Patrick’s shares in the firm and became the sole owner.
In early 2007, Bill divested the firm to the Taylor & Francis Group/Routledge, and joined them as a consultant for two years. He retained ownership and trademark rights for Harrington Park Press, which he decided to re-launch in late 2012.
Dr. Koffler brings over 30 years of distinguished editorial/publishing experience to the HPP, with a solid background in the social sciences and health care, among other disciplines. His academic career includes a BA from Yale University, an MA from New York University, and a PhD in comparative literature from Rutgers University; he subsequently held Fulbright and Old Dominion fellowships. Dr. Koffler taught at MIT, and then served as Program Officer for Publications at the National Endowment for the Humanities.Dr. Koffler followed up his tenure as Vice President, Editorial, for Associate Faculty Press/Kraus with a brief stint as Executive Editor for Rowman & Littlefield, and a long and fruitful period as Executive Editor for Aldine de Gruyter, the American division of Walter de Gruyter of Berlin, Germany. He later joined the relatively new firm of Questia Media in Houston, Texas, as Director of Publisher Relations.Dr. Koffler also held the position of Executive Director for the Association of American University Presses and served as a board member for the nonprofit educational organization.More recently, Dr. Koffler joined The Haworth Press, Inc., as Senior Book Editor. Since Haworth was sold to the Taylor & Francis Group/Routledge, Dr. Koffler has been teaching humanities courses at Fairleigh Dickinson University, in addition to his position as Senior Book Editor with Harrington Park Press.
David Estrin is a seasoned acquisitions and manuscript editor. He has worked on a free-lance basis for the Taylor & Francis Group, Oxford University Press, Allyn & Bacon/Longman, Macmillan Reference USA, Wadsworth, and many scholarly presses. He was formerly Senior Editor for Social Sciences for Garland Publishing, and Senior Acquisitions Editor for the Longman Publishing Group.
Dody’s career began 38 years ago at Electronic Engineering Times, where she started as a typesetter and rose quickly to become Associate Manager Editor. In the 1980s she was an Editorial Production Coordinator at Time magazine and Production Editor of Adweek, and then took a sabbatical to volunteer with various organizations overseas. While in Germany she worked for Spotlight magazine, a fledgling magazine for English learners that is now an international enterprise.For nearly two decades, Dody was the Production Manager of Harvard Education Press (HEP), the publishing arm of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She managed production of all HEP products, including negotiating with vendors, overseeing designers and other freelancers, and working closely with authors to help them keep their projects moving forward. During her tenure at HEP, she copy edited 70 issues of the esteemed Harvard Educational Review, more than 70 books, and countless issues of the award-winning Harvard Education Letter. She also worked with the student editorial board, providing workshops in copy editing, the production process—and how to meet deadlines. Dody retired from the university in 2008.In addition to her role as Associate Editor of HPP, Dody is an Associate Editor of Innovations, a journal out of MIT Press. She also runs a freelance business, providing expertise as a copy editor and editorial workflow manager.Dody has worked with scholars and students from around the world. She always takes a personal interest in her clients’ goals, and has coached many of them through writer’s block and even job searches. Her technical expertise ranges from heavy rewriting to routine copyediting. She has worked extensively in the areas of education research and practice, history, international development, entrepreneurship, critical pedagogy, linguistics, economics, and sociology; she also edits fiction. In her free time, Dody volunteers with several organizations, and she is an award-winning photographer.
Ann Twombly (Twombly Books) coordinates all aspects of book production from receipt of the final, editorially approved manuscript to bound books. She has more than 40 years of experience in book production, including more than two decades at Northeastern University Press and freelance work for Harvard University Press, Commonwealth Editions, and University Press of Kentucky.
Patrick Ciano will serve as design consultant and creative director for Harrington Park Press. As the sole proprietor of Ciano Design, Patrick specializes in the design and production of books, publications, and marketing materials for leading academic institutions and publishers. With 30 years of design expertise, his clients include Harvard University, Oxford University Press, The MIT Press, Little Brown & Company, New England Conservatory, and The Boston Conservatory, among many others.
Ciano Design has been nationally recognized for design excellence and has received numerous industry awards and featured in publications such as AIGA 50book/50 covers, AIGA Best of New England Design, New England Book Show, American Association of University Presses (AAUP), and Print Magazine.
Patrick is also on the faculty of Mass College of Art & Design where he has taught courses in design and currently serves as a professional student advisor.
Ladislav has been Bill’s professional assistant for over 15 years, including home office procedures for Haworth Press.
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