University of Cincinnati Press Staff


Elizabeth Scarpelli
University Press & Publishing Services Director
(513) 556-1494

Elizabeth Scarpelli is the founding director of the University of Cincinnati Press. Her career spans 35 years in academic and textbook publishing.  In addition to her role as director, she acquires book in social justice across all disciplines, higher education studies, equity and inclusion, and regional studies as well. In addition to publishing scholarly and regional books, Scarpelli is passionate about using open access and open educational resources to enhance the author and reader experience and work toward textbook affordability. She is a board member of Library Publisher Coalition and Midwest Independent Publishers Association and a recipient of the UC Staff Excellence Award.

Daniel Mattox
Assistant Editor for Special Projects

Daniel is going into his fifth year as a philosophy PhD student where he does research at the intersection of life, mind, and value. He has a background in community service and non-profit work and is an AmeriCorps Alumni. Daniel is going into his fifth year with the press and his fourth year as an Assistant Editor. He holds a BA in philosophy and MA in interdisciplinary social science from Morehead State University and an MA in philosophy from San Francisco State University.

Sophie Ballah
Editorial Assistant


Sophie Ballah is a Master of Public Administration student and works with UC Press as a Graduate Assistant. A recent graduate of UC, she holds a BA in political science and has studied French, Spanish, and economics at the university. Her work at the press allows her to connect with scholars at the forefront of their fields and expand her knowledge of how the publishing sector plays a role in advancing social justice.


Pamela Wissman

Editorial, Design, and Production Manager


Pam is the Editorial, Design, and Production Manager for the UC Press. She’s worked in the nonfiction book-publishing world, wearing many hats as an editor and in other roles for many years on hundreds of projects, primarily art-instruction titles for F+W Media and SOHO Publishing, before returning to the University of Cincinnati in 2022. She holds a Master of Arts Administration from UC’s College-Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the UC DAAP School of Art.

Haley Zaker
Books Editorial and Production Coordinator

Haley Zaker is a Creative Writing major also acquiring certificates in Copyediting & Publishing and Screenwriting. She works at UC Press as the Books Editorial and Production Coordinator. Working at the press provides her with valuable field experience and the chance for real-world application of what she has learned in her classes. She intends on pursuing higher education post-grad and/or working in publishing, knowing that any job that allows her to be in the proximity of books is one that would make her feel fulfilled. In her spare time, Haley enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons, reading books, and singing in UC Choruses’ treble choir.

Digital Publishing and Journals

Sean Crowe
Digital Analyst and Developer Librarian


Sean Crowe is the Lead Developer for the University of Cincinnati Press. Working through partnership between the University of Cincinnati Libraries and The University of Cincinnati Press, Sean Crowe serves as Developer Lead for the University of Cincinnati Press. His title is Digital Analyst and Developer Librarian and he focuses on application development for digital repositories, digital humanities projects, and publishing applications.

Mark Minelli

Journals and Digital Projects Manager


(513) 556-6276

Mark Minelli is the Journals and Digital Projects Manager for the UC Press. He is responsible for coordinating the production, publication, and distribution of the press’s catalog of acclaimed academic journals. Additionally, Mark employs a variety of the press’s digital platforms to develop diverse resources tailored to the needs of a modern academic environment. He holds a BS from Northern Kentucky University in Library Informatics and a Master of Library and Information Science from Kent State. Both personally and professionally, Mark is passionate about the pursuit of social equity through systemic change. When not at the press, he can be found playing Legos with his kids and drinking too much coffee.

Madison Crock

Journals and Digital Projects Assistant

Madison Crock is earning her BA as a Creative and Professional Writing & Rhetoric major with certificates in Copyediting & Publishing, and Deaf Studies. Working at UC Press will allow her a deeper understanding of publishing and allows her to connect with professionals in the field. She plans to work in publishing following graduation so that she can bring stories to people everywhere. 


Alex Tide
Marketing Assistant


Alex Tide is a Master of Marketing student. He works with the UC Press as a Marketing Assistant. He holds an undergraduate degree in Business IT and Russian-English Interpreting. He specializes in Post-Launch Marketing campaigns, Event Planning, and Social Media campaigns. His work in the press allows him to learn more about how publishers can reach their target audience, promote their products, increase sales, and advance social justice. In his spare time, Alex enjoys birdwatching, writing and recording his music.


Dorcas Gichuru
Staff Accountant

(513) 556-1463

Dorcas Gichuru holds a degree from UC College of Business in Business Administration – Accounting and has been an accountant at University of Cincinnati for the last 7 years. She is an accountant at UC Libraries and UC Press. She manages the operational, budgeting, sales financials and analysis aspects for UC Press.