About Penn Press

The University of Pennsylvania Press exists to publish meritorious works that advance scholarly research and educational objectives. The Press was originally incorporated with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on 26 March 1890, and the imprint of the University of Pennsylvania Press first appeared on publications in the closing decade of the nineteenth century—among the earliest such imprints in America. Today the Press has an active backlist of roughly 1500 titles and an annual output of upwards of 120 new books and journal issues in a focused editorial program across the humanities and social sciences. Read more . . .

Operations of the Press are distributed among four departments:

Works with the elevated intellectual and literary qualities prized most by the Press may reward and enlighten the reader, yet they seldom enrich their publisher. Since often the best, most important, and most enduring scholarly works never sell in numbers sufficient to recover the costs of publication, university presses rely on philanthropic gifts and endowment funding to maintain their operations. The University of Pennsylvania needs your help in meeting the continuing challenge of fulfilling its mission to advance knowledge. Gifts in all amounts are welcome, and all qualify as gifts to the University of Pennsylvania. Follow this link to a list of recent benefactors. Click here to make an online contribution.