Dr. Loretta Lou (DPhil Anthropology, Oxon.) is a Commissioning Editor in Asian Studies at Amsterdam University Press. As both a scholar and an editor, Loretta understands the needs of academic writers and is keen to help them develop and publish their research. She commissions books on a wide range of topics within Asian studies, including but not limited to environment, gender, diasporas, borderlands studies, literature, and cold war in Asia. She welcomes interesting book proposals from all disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Dr. Matt Wilkinson Author of Borderland Anxieties
I worked closely with Loretta when writing my first book proposal for Amsterdam University Press. Loretta was approachable, organized, proactive and supportive throughout the entire process. Loretta gave frank and fearless advice on my proposal, and displayed an apt and ability in managing my needs as a stakeholder with the demands of the reviewers and the publisher. I can confidently and whole-heartedly recommend Loretta as an asset to any team or organisation in the future, and would be happy to be approached for further references and clarifications.
Anoma Phichai van der Veere, PhD Editor of Public Health in Asia during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Loretta is doing great work with AUP for getting more interesting books on the shelves within Asian Studies. I had the pleasure to work with her for our edited volume on COVID-19 policies throughout Asia. If you have a good idea, make sure to pitch her to her, and I am sure she will help you get it from idea to paper to book.
Dr. Lena Kaufmann Author of Rural-Urban Migration and Agro-Technological Change in Post-Reform China With her editorial experience and great commitment to AUP, Loretta has always been very supportive, even after the publication of my book. In addition, her academic expertise in both sociocultural anthropology and the study of Chinese and Asian societies makes collaborating with her an extremely enjoyable experience. I can only recommend working with her.
Professor Gil-Soo Han Author of Calculated Nationalism in Contemporary South Korea Dr Loretta Lou has been pivotal in recognising the value of my research and facilitating every step of publishing my work by Amsterdam University Press. I have much appreciated her balanced approach between the publisher and author, yet significantly acknowledging the author’s needs.