About Penn Press

The University of Pennsylvania Press disseminates knowledge and advances intellectual inquiry. We collaborate with scholarly communities, foster creative ideas, and give voice to thinkers of diverse backgrounds. As one of the oldest scholarly presses in North America, we publish thought-provoking work to gain a better understanding of our shared past and inform a more just and equitable future.

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History of the Press

The University of Pennsylvania Press was originally incorporated with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on March 26, 1890—among the earliest such imprints in America. One of the Press’s first books, published in 1899, was a landmark, as well as an example of the Press’s close ties to its home city: The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study by renowned reformer, scholar, and social critic W.E.B. DuBois, a book that remains on the Press’s list to this day. Beginning in the mid-1960s, Penn Press began to focus its editorial program on American and European historical and cultural studies and the social sciences, and resources for practitioners in healthcare, human rights, and public policy.

Penn Press Today

A member of the Association of University Presses, the Press today publishes more than 100 new books a year and 22 journals, as well as maintaining an active backlist of more than 3,000 titles.

True to its Philadelphia roots, Penn Press is well-known for its distinguished list of publications in American history and culture, including innovative work on the transnational currents that surrounded and shaped the republic from the colonial period through the present, as well as  prize-winning publications in urban studies. The Press is equally renowned for its publications in European history, literature, and culture from late antiquity through the early modern period. Penn Press’s social science publications tackle contemporary political issues of concern to a broad readership of citizens and scholars, notably including a long-standing commitment to publishing path-breaking work in international human rights. Penn Press also publishes outstanding works in archaeology, economic history, business,  and Jewish Studies in partnership with local institutions. You can learn more about our recent publications by browsing via the menus above, using our search feature, or viewing our seasonal catalogs.

Campus Partnerships

The Press partners with many of the University of Pennsylvania’s faculty members, academic departments, research centers, and institutes on campus to publish books and journals and to share in the university’s tradition of translating knowledge into social-minded action. These partners include:

Penn Press News & Events

For the latest Penn Press news, as well as guest posts from our authors and other exciting content, please visit our blog, the Penn Press Log.

To see the latest events related to our books, journals, and authors, please visit our events page.

Penn Press also shares recent news in our internal monthly PDF newsletter, which is distributed to its staff, faculty editorial board, board of trustees, and select University of Pennsylvania administrators and partners. View the latest issues of the newsletter below:

Annual Report

Penn Press’s recent annual reports are available below:

Support Penn Press

Donations from individuals and institutions—our valued readers and collaborators—are vital to Penn Press’s mission to sustain independently vetted, prize-winning content. For information about how you can support Penn Press, click here.


Operations of the Press are distributed among the three departments of the Books Division, the Journals Division, and Business & Administration staff:


Penn Press External Advisory Board

Brendan Cahill
VP Corporate Projects
Random House

Daniel Gordon
Owner and Manager
Fulwider Corporation

Todor Grigorov
Former CFO
Public Library of Science (PLOS)

Kate Lee
Expert in Residence at First Round Capital

Franklyn L. Rodgers, chair emeritus
Former Chairman
Warner Publisher Services, Inc.

Heidi Howard Tandy
Partner, Berger Singerman

Stuart Teacher
Co-Founder and former Publisher
Running Press Book Publishers

Eve M. Troutt-Powell, ex officio
Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of History
Department of History
University of Pennsylvania

Richard W. Vague, chair
Managing Director
Gabriel Investments

Beth Winkelstein, ex officio
Acting Provost
University of Pennsylvania

Faculty Editorial Board

Shira Brisman
Assistant Professor in Early Modern Art
Department of History of Art
University of Pennsylvania

Kathleen M. Brown
David Boies Professor of History
Department of History
University of Pennsylvania

Eva Del Soldato
Associate Professor of Romance Languages
Department of Italian Studies
University of Pennsylvania

Sonja Dümpelmann
Professor of Landscape Architecture
Weitzman School of Design
University of Pennsylvania

Nancy Hirschmann
Stanley I. Sheerr Term Professor in the Social Sciences
Department of Political Science
University of Pennsylvania

Zita Cristina Nunes
Associate Professor of English
Department of English
University of Pennsylvania

Sarah Paoletti
Practice Professor of Law
Director, Transnational Legal Clinic
The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

Deborah Thomas
R. Jean Brownlee Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Experimental Ethnography
Department of Anthropology
University of Pennsylvania

Eve M. Troutt-Powell, chair
Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of History
Department of History
University of Pennsylvania