About Us

Our mission is guiding tenure-line faculty of Georgetown's main campus to scholarly book and article publication at first-tier university presses and major academic journals. Additionally, we work with authors with exceptional backgrounds from outside of Georgetown through paid professional literary advising.

The heart of Booklab is weekly book groups for faculty scholarly publishing. We also host workshops and seminars on academic and trade publishing. We invite you to explore our website and visit our office to discuss how we might work together to make your publishing efforts even more successful.

The History of Booklab

In late 2005, university presses were facing increased financial and technological challenges and scaling back acquisitions of scholarly monographs. With high stakes for faculty authors and, by connection, for the reputations of their departments and institutions, it only made sense to support faculty scholarly publishing through an initiative of the Office of the Provost. Carole Sargent, a faculty member from Georgetown's English Department, founded this office with the Provost's office team in January 2006 as a six-month experiment. Thanks to overwhelmingly positive support from faculty members on Georgetown's main campus, it became a permanent office the following July.

About the Director

Carole Sargent is a native of Washington, DC. After earning a doctorate in eighteenth-century English literary history at the University of Virginia, she was a visiting scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill and taught scholarly publishing workshops at Duke. She joined Georgetown's English Department in 1997; her research focuses on Restoration women who wrote about politics, war, and international affairs, and who affected national policy.

The author of two books with Farrar, Straus & Giroux (as Carole Fungaroli), she has been featured in The New York Times, Newsweek, Fortune, The Washington Post, Time, on CNN, "60 Minutes," NPR, and in other national media. A former regional radio host at WUNC, the southeastern bureau of National Public Radio, she later worked at classical station WGMS in Washington, DC. She now hosts the weekly radio program Georgetown University Forum available to NPR member stations and Armed Forces Radio. She has published research in Eighteenth-Century Studies and SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, and she is working on a book about a political satire, war, and foreign policy in 1709.