Jill Petty has worked in publishing for fifteen years, and joined Beacon in June 2015. She served as an editor-publisher for South End Press—working with Noam Chomsky, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, bell hooks, INCITE: Women, Gender Non-Conforming, and Transpeople of Color, Arundhati Roy, and other authors—and as a researcher and editor for The Nation and Ms.
Before joining Beacon, Jill was a writer-editor for Equal Justice Initiative, the Alabama-based legal nonprofit led by Bryan Stevenson. She is currently a member of the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project teaching collective.
Jill lives in Chicago and acquires books in history (with a special interest in social movements and African American history); prisons/criminalization; health/social justice; and education. Her recent acquisitions include:
- You Can’t Fire the Bad Ones: And 20 Other Myths About Teachers and Teaching by Bill Ayers and Crystal Laura
- How Chicago Won Reparations by Alice Kim and Joey Mogul
- The Big Fix: Fighting Charter Schools and the Privatization of Education by Karen Lewis, Terrenda White, Raynard Sanders, and David Stovall
- Stolen Horizons: Mass Incarceration and the War on Neighborhoods by Ryan Lugalia-Hollon and Dan Cooper
- Invisible No More: Racial Profiling and Police Violence Against Women of Color by Andrea Ritchie