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date: 28 February 2021

(p. xxi) Preface

(p. xxi) Preface

This book started with a dinner reservation.

We had known each other for several years because we both completed our doctoral work in developmental psychology at UC Santa Cruz. We are also family, as Kate’s husband’s brother’s wife’s sister is Moin’s best friend. However, it was not until the 2008 Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial meeting that the seeds for this book were sowed. Moin helped organize a dinner for Santa Cruz students and alumni. Due to his “unusual name” Moin used his pseudonym “Ronald Johnson” for the reservation. When the other attendees discovered this, most were perplexed. Kate, however, immediately recognized the reference to Fast Times at Ridgemont High. That conversation opened the door for many more conversations that night and ever since. In addition to our intellectual exchanges, we discovered our mutual love for San Francisco Giants baseball—leading us to believe that we could trust each other on just about all judgments in life.

When Kate was approached by Oxford in the summer of 2011 to take on this project, she called Moin to discuss. Our discussion immediately turned to how we could do something different, something that would break from the traditional mold of the Handbook. We recount these discussions a bit in our opening chapter.

Once we had settled on a concept for the book, we had to develop a timeline and recruit authors. The timeline was the easy part: we just checked to see when the 2012 baseball season would be over and arranged to have first drafts due then (good thing, as the Giants went home champions that year).

Recruiting authors proved to be remarkably easy as well. We were struck by the enthusiasm with which potential authors responded, most of whom directly commented on the exciting and innovative style for the Handbook.

This enthusiasm was likely dampened quite a bit after submitting their first drafts, however, as the authors may not have been prepared for what was to come. We were definitely “hands on” editors. Nearly all chapters were sent out for peer review, and all chapters were read and commented on by both Kate and Moin. The requests for revisions were substantial for each and every chapter. We then both read the revised chapters, and, in almost every case, we requested additional substantial revisions. For some, this happened a third time. One contributor, who will remain nameless, said he groaned when he saw our email in his inbox. All of this is to say that we asked a great deal of our contributors, and they came through in a big way. We are so grateful for their dedication to this Handbook and to our vision. Obviously, this Handbook would not exist without them, and we felt it was necessary to make public just how much work went into the chapters. We also publicly acknowledge each other here, as this was a co-editorship in full, despite the need for an order of editors on the cover of this book.

We thank those we worked with at Oxford University Press: Sarah Harrington who initially approached us and encouraged our ideas, and the team who put the book together – Anne Dellinger, Jen Vafidis, Alixandra Gould, Andrea Zekus, and Kumudhavalli Narasimhan.

(p. xxii) We thank those individuals who provided insightful reviews of these chapters. They include most of the authors in the volume who reviewed other chapters, along with Rebecca Goodvin, Kelly Marin, Lisa Sontag, Natalie Sabik, Carla Rice, Jon Adler, Linda Juang, Andrea Greenhoot, Michael Chandler, Krista Aronson, Anthony Burrow, Fred Vondracek, Andrea Breen, Eva Telzer, and Koen Luyckx.

We hope you enjoy the book as much as we enjoyed making it happen.

– Kate C. McLean and Moin Syed