The Department of English at Portland State University offers graduate work leading to a Master’s degree in Writing with a specialization in Book Publishing. The graduate program in Book Publishing is at the forefront of publishing education nationally. Students gain a comprehensive view of the industry through the program’s required foundational courses. They also have the opportunity to specialize in an area of the publishing process. Students develop their specialization by engaging in a variety of experiential learning opportunities, the most notable of which is Ooligan Press, a publishing house staffed by students in the graduate program in Book Publishing with guidance and supervision provided by expert faculty. Students in the program must complete a final research paper with a 10-page minimum. The topic of this research paper is determined by a research question generated by the student and approved by the student’s advisor. This collection includes those final research papers that have been reviewed and approved by the students' advisors.

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Submissions from 2017

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Print Books and E-Books: How Each Format Plays a Role in Reading Comprehension, Maeko Bradshaw

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BookTube and the Formation of the Young Adult Canon, Melina Hughes

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Trends in Marketing for Books on Animal Rights, Gloria H. Mulvihill

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How to Edit Controversial Texts, Nicholas M. Shea

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What Color Is the Threshold? An Exploration of the Materiality of Racial Descriptions in Marketing Paratext in Adult Fiction, Jordana Beh Wathey

Submissions from 2016

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Dismantling the Gate, Crossing the Threshold: The Promise of Producerly Paratexts in Building an Innovative, Responsive, and Representative Book Industry, Dory Athey

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Publishing Puzzles: Some Implications of Literary Diffculty for the Editor, Brendan Brown

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Elevating the Translator: Next Steps in Promoting International Literature, Olenka Burgess

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We Need Diverse Books and Independent Publishers: A Portland, Oregon, Perspective, Kellie Doherty

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This Is Your Brain on Editing: How Digital Tools Affect the Cognitive Processes Behind Copyediting, Megan Doyle

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525,600 Minutes: How Do You Measure Cultural Diversity in Oregon Trade Publishing?, Alyssa Gnall

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How to Be in Charge (and Make Authors Do What You Tell Them): An Examination of Editorial Authority in Letters Written by Trade Fiction and Nonfiction Editors, Emily Goldman

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We’ll Want It When We Say We Want It: How the Market Speaks to the Publishing Industry via Crowdfunding, and Why Publishers Should Listen, Alan Scott Holley

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Foreign Word Alert, Foreign Word Alert: Rethinking Editorial Approaches to the Italicization of Foreign Terms, Katey Trnka

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Building Brand and Community: Tracing the Impact of NonBook Literary Programming on Book Publishers' Economic and Cultural Capital, Hayley Wilson

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Anarchism in Book Publishing: An Exploration of Business and Ethics, Alexis M. Woodcock

Submissions from 2015

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The Migration of Bibliographic Methodology, Zachary Thomas Eggemeyer

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Blogs and Book Promotion: Measuring Success, Melanie Figueroa

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Critical Editions and the Promise of the Digital: The Development and Limitations of Markup, Alexandra Haehnert

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Social Media Blogs-to-Books: Changes in Content and the Editorial Process, Kyra Hearn

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E-Books and Author Payments: The Affect of Digital Publishing on Author Royalties, Missy Lacock

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Independent Publishers and Transition to Nonprofit: Distress Call or Mission-Based Evolution?, Meagan Lobnitz

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The Considerations of Editing Previously Published Works, Ariana Marquis

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I'm Not a Businessman; I'm a Business, Man: What are MFA Programs Doing to Better Prepare Their Students for the Realities of the Publishing Industry and Where is Their Room for Improvement?, Sabrina Parys

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Changing Publisher-Author Relationships in the Midst of Developing Crowd-Funded Publishing Platforms, Margaret Schimming

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Imagine That! Word Balloons in Children's Picture Books, Erika Schnatz

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A Publisher’s Look at eBooks and Their Affect on Young Readers, Caitlin Waite

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Not That Kind of Publisher: How NovelRank and BookScan Can Benefit Small Publishers' Marketing and Promotions, Geoff Wallace