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Press Staff

Dedra McDonald Birzer, Ph.D.
Press Director (Publisher and Editor-in-Chief)
Dedra.Birzer@state.sd.us │(605) 773-4371

Dedra McDonald Birzer joined the Press staff as director and editor-in-chief in late October 2020. As Press director she works with potential authors to shape their ideas into book proposals, reads submitted manuscripts, and leads a talented team that produces high quality books on the rich and varied history and culture of South Dakota and the Northern Great Plains.

Favorite Press Book: 
Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer's Life
By Pamela Smith Hill


Cody Ewert
Managing Editor 
Cody.Ewert@state.sd.us | (605) 773-2904

Ewert serves as the managing editor for South Dakota History and the SDHS Press. He acquires new titles, coordinates the peer review process, performs developmental editing and copyediting duties on manuscripts ahead of publication, and works closely with authors.

Favorite Press Book:
Equality at the Ballot Box: Votes for Women on the Northern Great Plains
Edited by Lori Ann Lahlum and Molly P. Rozum

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Abby Wright
Production Coordinator & Associate Editor
Abby.Wright@state.sd.us | (605) 773-8380

As production coordinator and associate editor, Wright collaborates with a team of designers, typesetters, indexers, illustrators, freelance writers, and Press editors to keep book and journal projects moving to and through the finish line. Wright also manages e-books and open-access projects, secures copyright permissions, assists with editing, and transmits final proofs to printers.

Favorite Press Book:
The South Dakota State Capitol: The First Century
by Marshall Damgaard


Slater Sabo

Associate Editor
Slater.Sabo@state.sd.us | (605) 773-6008

As Associate Editor for SDHS Press, Sabo oversees the Book Review Section of South Dakota History, assists with securing copyright permissions, and copyedits journal articles and book manuscripts prior to publication.

Favorite Press Book:
The Frontier Army: Episodes from Dakota and the West
Edited by R. Eli Paul


Sarah Dozier
Accounting Assistant and Order Fulfillment
Sarah.Dozier@state.sd.us│(605) 773-6009

In her job as accounting assistant, Dozier provides bookkeeping and accounting assistance for the State Historical Society's Research and Publishing Office. Sarah works with Press customers to fill orders and process returns. She also manages the on-site Press warehouse and inventory. Retailers and distributors, email orders@sdhspress.com to submit your purchase order.

Favorite Press Book:
Jumping-Off Place
By Marian Hurd McNeely
Afterword by Jean L. S. Patrick

Nancy Tystad Koupal
Pioneer Girl Project Director, Consultant


For marketing-related questions, please contact Dedra McDonald Birzer.