Catherine Woods

Catherine Woods

Executive Editor, Economics, Finance, Business

Catherine Woods, editor

An experienced publishing professional, Woods has spent her entire career in educational publishing, serving in a variety of leadership, operational, and editorial positions. Until recently, she was ​​vice president, content management, at Macmillan Learning, where she led the group responsible for digital transformation in project management and content standards. Woods previously served as publisher at Macmillan where she grew the social sciences list from $8 million to $65 million and established many influential and top-selling titles.

As executive editor at the MIT Press, Woods will advance the teaching, learning, and public understanding of essential topics in economics, finance, and business. In this role, Woods will commission approximately twenty-five projects each year with an emphasis on field-defining textbooks and monographs and high-impact trade books. She will project-manage approximately the same number of titles through the publication process annually.

Woods earned her B.A. at Fordham University, magna cum laude, and an M.A. in Publishing at New York University. After joining Macmillan Learning, she worked her way up the ranks, serving in editorial, operational, and leadership roles. Prior to that, she held editorial roles at CBS Publishing, Random House/McGraw-Hill, and HarperCollins.

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Notable Acquisitions:

Winning the Right Game by Ron Adner, The Parent Trap by Nate G. Hilger, Sludge by Cass Sunstein, Inclusion on Purpose by Ruchika Tulshyan, Persuading with Data by Miro Kazakoff, Working with AI by Thomas H. Davenport and Steven M. Miller, The Power of Experiments by Michael Luca and Max H. Bazerman, The Pandemic Information Gap by Joshua Gans, The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism by Arun Sundararajan, The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy by Peter Temin, Women and Leadership by Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

Winning the Right Game

How to Disrupt, Defend, and Deliver in a Changing World

Ron Adner

The Pandemic Information Gap

The Brutal Economics of COVID-19

Joshua Gans

Women and Leadership

Real Lives, Real Lessons

Julia Gillard, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

The Parent Trap

How to Stop Overloading Parents and Fix Our Inequality Crisis

Nate G. Hilger

Just Money

Mission-Driven Banks and the Future of Finance

Katrin Kaufer, Lillian Steponaitis

The Power of Experiments

Decision Making in a Data-Driven World

Michael Luca, Max H. Bazerman