Amy Brand, Victoria Hindley, Nick Lindsay, moderated by Chelsea Spencer

Amy Brand, Victoria Hindley, Nick Lindsay, moderated by Chelsea Spencer

Amy Brand was named Director of the MIT Press in July 2015. Previously, she served as VP Academic and Research Relations and VP North America at Digital Science. From 2008 to 2013, Brand worked at Harvard University, first as Program Manager of the Office for Scholarly Communication and then as Assistant Provost for Faculty Appointments and Information. Before moving to Harvard, she held long-term positions as an Executive Editor at the MIT Press and as Director of Business and Product Development at CrossRef. Brand serves on the DuraSpace Board of Directors, the Board on Research Data and Information of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, and, was a founding member of the ORCID Board, and regularly advises on key community initiatives in digital scholarship. She holds a B.A. in linguistics from Barnard College and a PhD in cognitive science from MIT. 

Victoria Hindley joined the MIT Press in 2016 after working in publishing and the arts for two decades in both the USA and Europe. She acquires books on contemporary art, architecture, design, and cultural studies. Interested as much in transformative scholarship as in the ways that art, architecture, and culture impact our daily lives, she looks for work that is rigorous but accessible, nuanced, and visually compelling. She is particularly interested in discourses that examine the vital shifts in global art and architecture; 20th and 21st century visual culture; and the dynamic practices that unite the arts and sciences. 

Nick Lindsay is the Director of Journals and Open Access for MIT Press. He oversees the strategic and day-to-day operations of a group that produces over 30 journals across the arts, humanities and STM fields. He is also responsible for the strategic development of the Press’ burgeoning open access book and journal programs. 

Chelsea Spencer is a first-year PhD student in history, theory, and criticism of architecture. Her work examines the material and conceptual effects of time on built artifacts and their relationship to architectural discourse. Chelsea received a BA in art and architectural history from Emory University and an MDes in History and Philosophy of Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she cofounded the biweekly student publication Open Letters. Before beginning her studies at MIT, she was the managing editor of Log magazine and a manuscript editor for the Writing Architecture series, a project of the Anyone Corporation published by MIT Press.