John Sherer was named the seventh director of the University of North Carolina Press in June of 2012. Prior to that, he was the publisher of Basic Books where he published numerous best-selling and award-winning authors including Douglas Hofstadter, Chris Hedges, Henry Louis Gates, Diane Ravitch, Eduardo Galeano, Thomas Sowell, Richard Florida, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Walter Mosley, Åsne Seierstad, and William F. Buckley. He had previously been the Marketing Director at Basic and has held marketing positions at Henry Holt, the Brookings Institution, and the University of North Carolina Press. John was a manager and buyer at Olsson’s Books and Records in Washington, DC for ten years. He has also held the positions of Publisher of Nation Books, member of the AAP Trade Executive Committee, member of the Advancement Council of the University of North Carolina Press, and adjunct professor at New York University’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.