Hi. I’m Alexander J. Hancock, a book editor living and working in sunny Northern California. My primary passion is publishing, and I hope to use my abilities and my platform to lift the voices of new and diverse thinkers. Publishing, at its purest, contributes to our society’s overall knowledge base while challenging us to be better by examining new ways of thinking or elevating the voices of the historically-voiceless.
In my spare time, I like to write about complete nonsense, and sometimes I even like to make short films. This site is the space I maintain for these selfish pursuits, while also giving me the chance to experiment with my writing and my thinking.
Here is a photo of me looking like a prop-comic from the 1990s:
I relocated from Baltimore to New Orleans in my very early 20s, working a number of odd jobs before spending two years as the Programs Coordinator for the Institute for Quality and Equity in Education at Loyola University New Orleans. While there I handled communications for the research institute, launched its blog, and co-wrote or edited a number of white papers.
In 2011 my then-girlfriend (now-wife) and I launched an ambitious but short-lived food blog called Eat Together, which I maintained until joining the Eater blog network later that year. (Eat Together has since been hacked by Russian pornographers and I can’t quite figure out how to fix that.) I launched Eater NOLA as that site’s founding Editor before moving to New York to join Eater NY as Associate Editor. After moving to California, I joined a small scholarly publisher in a combined editorial and marketing role. I now work as a developmental editor for a massive textbook company, combining my experience as a digital editor and my interest in higher education.
At the top of this site you’ll notice a slogan: “I am your pamphleteer.” Nothing’s more annoying than when a slogan is in quotes unnecessarily. This, however, is indeed a quote. It comes from one of the best songs ever written: Pamphleteer by The Weakerthans. My first website was thepamphleteer.org, inspired by that song.