Routledge Supports the Arts: Behind the Scenes Interview
Meet Routledge Books Editor: Isabella Vitti
Routledge is the world's leading academic publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences. We publish thousands of books and journals each year, serving scholars, instructors, and professional communities worldwide. In honor of Arts & Humanities Month, we wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the people who work behind the scenes in bringing this important research to the public.
Please meet: Isabella Vitti.
Introduce yourself: what is your role with Routledge, Taylor & Francis?
IV: My name is Isabella Vitti and I’m Routledge’s books editor for art history and visual studies research titles. I work on research monographs, Focus books (aka short form titles, between 25,000-50,000 words), and companions.
How did you get involved in working with the arts?
IV: I loved drawing, reading and writing as a kid. I studied art history in college and also took drawing and sculpture studio classes. I’ve done some graphic design here and there. My maternal grandparents were both amateur artists, and my mom always took us to museums when I was little. So I guess it’s kind of in my blood, and my brain really works in a visual way
Why is working in the arts important to you?
IV: Art is my passion so it is really fulfilling to be able to work with art historians and support their research. I’m also a life-long learner so every time I read a proposal, I’m learning something new and that’s really enjoyable for me.
How does your role directly correlate to having an impact within the arts?
IV: As an editor, most of my job entails meeting or communicating with art history professors/researchers and learning about their research and how it might become a book. So I’m shepherding new, innovative research on artists and works of art into the field so that folks can learn more about them!
How do you art?
IV: I actually just re-decorated my apartment so that was a great way to exercise the creative/visual part of my brain! I found a piece of textile/fiber art that I was going to buy to cover up my unsightly fuse box, and my friend who was helping me re-decorate said, “You don’t need to spend $50 on that, we can make it ourselves!” So I went to Michael’s and bought a dowel and a few colors of yarn and it came out really great!