Beth Clevenger

Senior Acquisitions Editor, Environment and Urbanism

Beth acquires books on the environment, food, and cities in a variety of fields, including environmental history and humanities, environmental justice, environmental politics and policy, environmental science, food justice, natural history with a futuristic bent, urban planning with attention to sustainability and justice, and urban science.

For trade books, she likes to work with experts who are no longer content to exchange knowledge solely with peers, but who are moved to share what they know-as well as what they think-with general readers. For authors not ready to shed quite as many of their academic tendencies, look to the One Planet series and History for a Sustainable Future series, which feature readable yet rigorous books meant to appeal to scholars and nonspecialists alike.

Most of the academic books Beth signs are published within the following series: American and Comparative Environmental PolicyEarth System GovernanceFood, Health, and the Environment; and Urban and Industrial Environments. In an initial inquiry, please mention if your book project ought to be considered for a series.

Textbook proposals in the environmental sciences and urban planning are welcome. Recent textbooks include Introduction to Urban Science by Luís M. A. Bettencourt, Urban Engineering Sustainability by Sybil Derrible, and The Energy System: Technology, Economics, Markets, and Policy by Travis Bradford.

Beth acquires a couple edited volumes each year. Generally, she’s looking for a volume that unites a burgeoning field in a way that can’t be done as a single-authored work.  Course adoption potential is also an important consideration. Quintessential edited volumes on the list are Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class, and Sustainability edited by Alkon and Agyeman, Cycling for Sustainable Cities edited by Buehler and Pucher, and Acquired Tastes: Stories about the Origins of Modern Food edited by Cohen, Kideckel, and Zeide.

Initial inquiries can be sent to her ( and Anthony Zannino ( Due to the volume of inquiries received a definitive response may take six to eight weeks. Beth can be found on Twitter at @elleighclev, but she’s a Twitter lurker at her most active.

Notable Recent Acquisitions:

In the Images of Development: City Design in the Global South by Tridib Banerjee, Introduction to Urban Science by Luís M. A. Bettencourt, Cycling for Sustainable Cities edited by Ralph Buehler and John Pucher, The Pentagon, Climate Change, and War by Neta Crawford (fall 2022), Just Housing: The Moral Foundations of American Housing Policy by Casey Dawkins, Natura Urbana by Matthew Gandy, Form and Flow by Kian Goh, Electrify by Saul Griffith, Deep Time Reckoning by Vincent Ialenti with a foreword by Marcia Bjornerud, The Untold Story of the World’s Leading Environmental Institution by Maria Ivanova, Streams of Revenue by Rebecca Lave and Martin Doyle, Discard Studies by Max Liboiron and Josh Lepawsky (spring 2022), They Knew: The US Federal Government’s Fifty-Year Role in Causing the Climate Crisis by James Gustave Speth, Tomorrow’s Economy by Per Espen Stoknes with a foreword by Paul Hawken, and The World in a Shell: Snail Stories for a Time of Extinctions by Thom van Dooren (fall 2022).

They Knew

The US Federal Government's Fifty-Year Role in Causing the Climate Crisis

James Gustave Speth, Julia Olson, Philip Gregory


An Optimist's Playbook for Our Clean Energy Future

Saul Griffith

Introduction to Urban Science

Evidence and Theory of Cities as Complex Systems

Luís M. A. Bettencourt

The Contamination of the Earth

A History of Pollutions in the Industrial Age

François Jarrige, Thomas Le Roux, Janice Egan, Michael Egan


The Radical New Science of Ecological Recovery: The Illustrated Edition

Paul Jepson, Cain Blythe

Atlas of Perfumed Botany

Jean-Claude Ellena, Erik Butler