“I want to help further the intellectual conversation,” he says. “I’m excited to start working with authors and helping them through the process of publishing their work.”
Congdon is the new acquisition editor at the press, focusing on political science and law titles. He comes to Kansas after 5 years at InterVarsity Press.
“I’m excited to be here,” Congdon says. “I have a lot of respect for the work that the press has done and look forward to adding to the legacy while working to increase works by minorities and women.”
Joyce Harrison, UPK Editor-in-Chief, says Congdon stood out among candidates.
“David impressed the search committee with the level of his acquisitions experience, and with his energy and enthusiasm,” Harrison says. “It was clear to us that he was someone who would hit the ground running, and that’s what we needed. David has a passion for scholarly publishing, and he’s articulate, intelligent, and confident. Most of our authors and prospective authors in political science and law are academics, and we know that they’ll appreciate David’s appreciation for what they do. We were especially pleased with David’s eagerness to bring new ideas and voices to our publishing program.”
Congdon was raised in Portland, Oregon and earned his bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in Illinois. He jokes that his choice of college was a bit predetermined.
“I’m a 6th generation Wheaton alum,” he laughs. “My family traces back to the founding of the school.”
After Wheaton, Congdon earned his Masters and Ph. D from Princeton Theological Seminary before entering the publishing world.
In addition to being an experienced editor, Congdon is an accomplished author. He has published three books, co-edited another and has four works under contract.
David and his wife, Amy, have a son and daughter.