SVP, Editorial and Licensing
David has 14+ years’ experience in the e-learning and library products space. After founding Business Expert Press (BEP) in 2008, he served as president of BEP and sister publisher Momentum Press. Prior to this role, he served as editor-in-chief and member of the global business publishing committee at Pearson Education, where he managed a team of editors responsible for more than $80 million in annual sales.
At Alexander Street, David utilizes his skills in digital publishing to launch multimedia business resources with e-learning functionality. In his position, he pairs traditional business materials with previously undiscovered content to deliver exceptional digital-era teaching and learning products built to empower faculty and students in new ways.
David holds degrees from George Fox University and the University of Arizona, and has completed executive education certificates from the University of Chicago and City University. He serves on the Publisher’s Advisory Board for SIPX and writes a column for Against the Grain that explores blurring lines in content, services, and responsibilities within libraries and the companies that serve them.
Director, New Product Development
Nathalie joined Alexander Street in 2012 after more than 20 years in academic publishing developing resources in the humanities, both digitally and in print: at ASP, she can combine her passion for history— World, European, U.S. —and other disciplines with exciting collaborations with leading scholars and archives worldwide. She is responsible for our history list and has recently been focused on our text products in history and religion, including LGBT Thought and Culture, Twentieth Century Religious Thought, Women and Social Movements, and The Sixties. She holds an M.A. and D.E.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Paris-X Nanterre and an M.A. in Publishing from New York University. She loves writing, listening to music, swimming, travelling, improvising last minute parties, and good wines! A native of France and a terrible cook, she lives in New York with her husband and two daughters.
Publisher, Music and Dance
Bennett Graff joined Alexander Street in May 2016. He has worn a lot of hats in his publishing lifetime. He arrived as Alexander Street’s Publisher of Music and Dance Collections after five years as senior editor for the music publishing program at Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group. He also recently finished his tenure as the publisher of New Haven Review, a nationally recognized literary journal. With a long background in digital collection publishing, he worked for nearly a decade at Gale Cengage, where he managed the editorial and acquisition programs of a variety of imprints and worked closely with colleagues in building some of the largest digital collection projects of the early 2000s in American and world history. He holds a doctorate in American literature from the City University of New York Graduate School and taught literature and composition at colleges in New York City and Connecticut. He is a former scholar of the American gothic literary tradition and expert on the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Jack London, and Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Currently, when he’s not negotiating a deal or putting out a fire, you can find him at the occasional open mic or farmers market banging away on a guitar or banjo.
Vice President of Licensing
Will’s focus is on building relationships for ASP through licensing arrangements, particularly in the areas of streaming video and print. He is responsible for the development of Alexander Street’s line of Theatre, Cinema, and Anthropology, collections. Will has been with Alexander Street since 2001 after having been with Chadwyck Healey, Inc. for four years prior. He holds a B.A. in English from James Madison University and an M.F.A. from Catholic University. You do not want to get him talking about baseball.
Sarah began her career as a librarian and has been applying those analytical skills to marketing for the last several years, first with Insight Media and now with Alexander Street. She’s inspired every day by Alexander Street’s thousands of incredible films. Originally from Wisconsin (and forever a Badger at heart), she now lives in New York City with her husband and overgrown puppy. On weekends, you can find her experimenting in the kitchen, running, and binge watching things on Netflix.
Senior Licensing Editor
Isabel comes from a family of publishers, editors, and writers. She studied Portuguese Literature in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and has 30 years of experience in the book world. She has been with Alexander Street since 2002, where she edits the literature collections, develops bibliographies, and licenses content across ASP’s products. Besides being a bookworm, she is also a yoga instructor, an amateur vegetarian chef, and enjoys her daily morning coconut water after a good open sea swim.
Director, Filmakers Library
Andrea acquires outstanding, timely documentaries across all subject areas for Filmakers Library and its streaming database, Filmakers Library Online. Andrea searches for notable films to enhance Filmakers’ prestigious educational collection, trying hard to ensure that every filmmaker whose film is chosen will enjoy a great experience with ASP. A native New Yorker, Andrea graduated from UW-Madison, returning to join Thirteen/WNET in New York, the flagship PBS station. She became Thirteen’s Director of Program Acquisitions where she produced many series including: Channel Crossings, a series that included BBC’s The Singing Detective which won the Peabody and the National Board of Review Awards; Independent Focus(which became POV); Film on Film, Cinema 13, Cinematheque, India!, Films From Down Under, Ireland, The Surreal Eye and The Musicals with Jane Powell. When not screening docs, Andrea can be found in opera houses, theatres or in front of her CD player. She does not restore antique tools but if she finds one, she promises to send it to Joe Kalucki.
Taney has 17 years of experience in higher education publishing. She spent eight years in Editorial with South-Western College Publishing, and eight years in Sales for Cengage Learning, Business Expert Press and Alexander Street. Taney has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Miami University and a Master of Arts in English Literature from Xavier University.
Taney joined ASP in 2014 as a Sales Manager; she now manages the Health Science and Counseling lists for ASP including Microtraining Associates, an imprint of ASP. Taney lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her son and husband.
Director of Editorial Operations
Kat joined Alexander Street in 2010 after earning her MLIS at the University of Maryland’s iSchool, adding to her degrees in Film Studies and Theatre from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Having a background in theatre, education and technology, she found her perfect career fit as an Editor working with a variety of collections including Filmakers Library, Silent & Feature Film, Anthropology/Ethnography, and Black Studies in Video. When she isn’t curating or licensing, Kat enjoys whipping around the Mount Vernon trail on her speedy bike, playing competitive bocce, and cheering on all things Pittsburgh sports. You can also find her volunteering with People Animals Love (P.A.L.), a local therapy dog organization, where she and her canine companion, Rooney, help children build literacy skills by listening to them read aloud.
Editorial Metadata Manager
Rebecca received a Bachelor’s in Linguistics from Swarthmore College and a Master’s in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She is determined to help improve access to information. When not using data management and information architecture professionally, she plays around with reality manipulation and world building in science fiction and fantasy. She also dabbles with sewing: clothes, quilts, toys, and textile art.
A Cleveland native, Jenna has a Bachelor’s in Music and a Master’s in Ethnomusicology; she’s thrilled to join a team at ASP who understands what that is. She landed in the Washington D.C. metro area by way of Europe, where she spent two years teaching English as a Second Language and working as an web content editor for a travel company. In addition to editing, Jenna is a freelance writer who has covered topics ranging from music and culture to travel and sustainable agriculture. On weekends, you’re likely to find her on a farm somewhere in Virginia, picking strawberries (or whatever’s in season).
Editor, Music and Performing Arts
Danielle joined the music team at Alexander Street with several years’ experience in music research and performance. While pursuing a Master of Music in vocal performance from The Boston Conservatory, Danielle went beyond her performance requirements to research and assist in teaching undergraduate courses on 20th and 21st century works. With a particular passion for lieder, Danielle enjoys analyzing German poetry and its musical settings. Her experience in the classroom and on stage has cultivated an enthusiasm for creating resources that provide a visual and aural experience for the student, professor, performer, and scholar. Outside of work, Danielle continues to perform as a member of the Choral Arts Society of Washington.
Kathleen earned her Bachelor’s in Literature and French from Ohio Northern University and her Master’s in History from the University of Glasgow, where she indulged her passion for Scottish and Women’s History. She has a passion for travelling that stems from a desire to collect as much knowledge and as many experiences as possible. Next on her list? Her role as Assistant Editor with ASP. In her spare time, she enjoys attending music festivals, exploring overstocked second-hand bookstores, and reconnecting with old friends.
Marcilyn is a city girl whose passions include concerts and road trips. She hails originally from Washington state and is an alumna of Brigham Young University, where she received her BA in History. She went on to achieve an MSc in International Development from England’s University of Reading and spent time in Uganda conducting research. Before joining our team, Marcilyn was a technical writer for several start-up tech companies in the Silicon Slopes.
Blayne recently joined the Alexander Street team after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s in English Literature, Honors in Creative Writing, and a thorough understanding of what the right shade of blue is. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Creative Writing through NYU. Her previous work at UNC Press sparked a fascination with academic publishing and niche academic materials so she’s full of fun facts for happy hour. As an avid lover of theatre, if she’s not attending local productions then she’s memorizing entire cast albums much to the pleasure of her housemates. Her passions include internal rhyme, travelling, voracious reading, dismantling the divide between high-brow and popular literature, and guacamole. She has never been bested in Harry Potter trivia and is eager to defend her title.
Film Curator and Editor
Jeannette Hereniko is an expert curator of films that provide insights into the cultures of Asia and the Pacific. She has more than 30 years of experience in the Asia and Pacific Island film industry as a film festival director, programmer, producer, and distributor. At Alexander Street, she employs her expertise to curate diverse collections in Asian film, anthropology, and more.
From 1981 to 1996, Jeannette served as the Hawaii International Film Festival’s founding director, establishing strong ties with Asian and Pacific Island filmmakers and introducing their work in the West. As a founding board member of the Network for the Promotion of Asian and Pacific Island Cinema (NETPAC), and later as president of NETPAC/USA, she organized and programmed traveling film series, seminars, and conferences in universities throughout the United States. She has served on juries for international film festival in Rotterdam, Berlin, Singapore, Mumbai, Busan, Brisbane and Delhi.
Jeanette excels at advancing Alexander Street’s mission of making silent voices heard by promoting stories made by indigenous Pacific Islanders about their culture. Her favorite place in the world is inside her home in Honolulu where she lives, creates, and tells stories with her husband, a professor and filmmaker whom she met at a film festival.
Aruna Vasudev is an author, critic, editor, and former festival director with a Ph.D. in cinema from the University of Paris. She is the author of two books on Indian cinemaLiberty & License in the Indian Cinema and The New Wave in Indian Cinema. She is editor and co-editor of a number of other books on Indian and Asian cinema including, Indian Cinema, Superbazaar; Frames of Mind: Reflections on Indian Cinema; Being and Becoming: The Cinemas of Asia; Modernity and Nationality in Vietnamese Cinema; Kenji Mizoguchi & The Art of Japanese Cinema and most recently When Strangers Meet: Visions of Asia & Europe in Film. She is the editor of a continuing series of books called Legends of Indian Cinema.
She is the Founder-President of NETPAC; Founder-Editor of Cinemaya, The Asian Film Quarterly (1988-2006); and Founder-Director of Cinefan, the Festival of Asian Cinema (1999-2004). She has been a jury member of more than forty international film festivals. She is the co-founder and director of the newly launched Festival of Buddhist Films, Art and Philosophy - “The Inner Path”
Among other honors, Vasudev was conferred Korea’s Award for promotion of Korean films; the Cinemanila Asian Cinema Award for promoting Asian cinema; France’s top cultural award, the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres; The Satyajit Ray Memorial award for promoting Asian film culture; the Star of Italian Solidarity; and the 2014 Karmaveer Life Time Achievement Award.
Philip Cheah is a program consultant for the critically acclaimed Asian Film Online series. In addition to working as a film critic and editor of BigO, Singapore's only independent pop culture publication, he serves as vice president of Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC), and a program consultant for the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival, the Tripoli International Film Festival of Resistance, Shanghai International Film Festival and the Dubai International Film Festival.
Past roles include co-founder of the South-east Asian Film Festival, advisor to the Hanoi International Film Festival, founding member of the Singapore International Film Festival, and co-editor of the books Garin Nugroho: And the Moon Dances, Noel Vera: Critic after Dark and Ngo Phuong Lan: and Modernity and Nationality in Vietnamese Cinema. He is also the recipient an achievement award for Promotion of Asian Cinema at the 2006 Cinemanila International Film Festival and the 2004 Korean Cinema Award at the Pusan International Film Festival.
Teo Swee Leng
Swee Leng currently serves as an acquisition manager for Alexander Street’s partner organization Asia Pacific Films. For the past 26 years, she has been an arts, film, and new media administrator for major international organizations, including her current role as a member of Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema. Previously, she spent 20 years as co-festival director of the Singapore International Film Festival, and was instrumental in bringing international recognition to the event. Additional current roles include consultant for the Moving Image Gallery at the Singapore Art Museum, organizer of the annual Southeast Asia Film Festival, adviser to THIS Buddhist Film Festival in Singapore, and project coordinator for the 2014 Singapore Biennale.
Chaoying Deng is a film curator with over 20 years of experience in technology, entrepreneurship, and management, including three years as an international business chief representative for Beijing New Pictures Film Co. As a founding member and president of Red Dragonfly Entertainment, she executive produced The Flowers of War, starring Christian Bale and directed by Zhang Yimou, which grossed more than $100 million worldwide. Other current roles include work as a consultant for a major trading company in the United States. Born and raised in Xian, China, Chaoying has studied, lived, and worked in China, Japan, and the US and is fluent in Mandarin, Japanese and English.
In addition to assisting at Alexander Street with the curation of films from Asia and the Pacific, Shaoyi Sun is professor of film at Shanghai Theater Academy’s School of Film and Television. He has taught Chinese film, literature, and cultural studies at the University of Southern California, University of California at Irvine, Shanghai University, and New York University in Shanghai.
Born and raised in Shanghai, Sun received his Ph.D. in Asian literature and film from the University of Southern California. He is the author/editor of dozens of books, most recently New Media and Cultural Transformation, Spectrum of History and Cultural Topography: Transnational Relation between Hollywood and Chinese-Language Cinema, The Matrix of Cinema: Cinematic Space and Cultural Globalism, and Lights! Camera! Kai Shi!: In-Depth Interviews with China’s New Generation of Movie Directors.