Penn Press


The Penn Press is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1890 that publishes exemplary works that advance scholarly research and educational objectives. The company publishes over 100 books and journals each year, including the recently released book “Homeland Security: Assessing the First Five Years” by former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff,” and the journals Dissent, Hispanic Review and The Jewish Quarterly Review.

In this edition of By The Numbers, we page through Penn Press.


Number of professional and support staff at Penn Press.


Number of titles on Penn Press’ active backlist.


Number of pages in the book, “Electing the President, 2008: The Insiders’ View,” edited by Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. The paperback version is set to be released by Penn Press in November.


Year in which The Jewish Quarterly Review was established. It is the oldest English-language journal in the field of Jewish studies.


Number of years Penn Press has been podcasting. To listen to Penn Press podcasts, visit


Year in which the Dissent journal was founded. It was started by a group of independent-minded radicals to “dissent from the bleak atmosphere of conformism that pervades the political and intellectual life of the United States.”

$4 million

Annual revenues exceeded at Penn Press.



Year in which W.E.B. Du Bois’ “The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study” was published. It was one of Penn Press’ first book publications and remains on the Press’ list to this day.

Originally published on October 15, 2009