Though conferences have been cancelled for the foreseeable future, a lot of acquisitions editors are still keen to hear from academics with project ideas and book proposals. Many are always happy to receive emails and a lot are transitioning to phone or video call meetings, so there are still the opportunities to have some of the conversations you might have had in-person at a conference.
Here we’ve gathered together our presses, the key lists they acquire in and where to find their contact information, but don’t forget many editors are also on Twitter, where they give updates about what they’re interested in, how they are managing their schedules and if they’d be keen to hear from you. (In many cases, the answer is yes!)
Keep reading for a summary of each of our presses’ subject strengths and acquisitions, as well a links to relevant editorial contact information:
The University of British Columbia Press publishes across the social sciences and humanities in areas that include: Canadian studies, history, law, Indigenous studies, political science, environmental studies, sociology, gender studies, and Asian studies.
Cornell University Press publishes nonfiction, with particular strengths in anthropology, Asian studies, classics, geography, higher education, history (US, European, Asian, and military), literary and cultural studies, medieval studies, New York City and State, politics and international relations, Russian and Eurasian studies, sociology, and urban studies. Their ILR Press imprint publishes in labor relations, class & workplace issues and healthcare policy. The Northern Illinois UP imprint focuses on Russian and Eurasian studies and Asian studies.
Duke University Press has strong lists across the humanities and social sciences, including anthropology, history, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality studies, American studies, African and African American studies, Asian and Asian American studies, Latin American and Latinx studies, Native and indigenous studies, science and technology studies, cultural studies, media studies, art, music, social and political theory, and religion, among others. Our editors also have a particular interest in emerging scholarly conversations around subjects such as disability, affect, decoloniality, oceans, animals, and the Anthropocene.
Fordham University Press publishes scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences, as well as books of interest to the general public. Its list emphasizes American studies, anthropology, critical race theory, cultural studies, education, gender studies, history, literary studies, media and communications, Medieval studies, philosophy, political theory, religion, sociology, theology, and urban studies. The Press publishes work about New York City and the Hudson Valley under its Empire State Editions imprint.
The University of Illinois Press publishes in US Music, Classical & Popular Music, Dance, Sport, Film (inc. Contemporary Film Directors Series), Science Fiction, US Working Class History, African American Studies, Anthropology and Military History, among many more.
Indiana University Press publishes African Studies, Anthropology, Civil War, Film, Media, and Performance Studies, Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Gender and Sexuality, Global and International Studies, Holocaust Studies, Jewish Studies, Middle East Studies, Military History, Music, Irish Studies, Paleontology, Philanthropic and Nonprofit Studies, Philosophy, Railroads and Transportation, Refugee Studies, Religious Studies, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Spatial Humanities
The University of Minnesota Press has lists in Environmental Studies, Philosophy, Fiction, Literature, Media Studies & Digital Humanities, Performance Studies, Anthropology, Architecture, Social & Critical Theory. The Press’s books for general readers include nonfiction titles on politics, current events, music, art, architecture, race, sexuality, and history. The Forerunners: Ideas First Series are short books of thought-in-process scholarship, where intense analysis, questioning, and speculation take the lead.
The University of Nebraska Press publishes in American Studies, Anthropology, Creative Works, Early Modern Studies, Environmental Studies, Food and Wine, Geography, History, Literary Criticism, Media Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Nebraska, Spaceflight, Sports, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the American West, Bible and Jewish History, World and National Affairs, Politics, and U.S. & Military History.
New York University Press has strong lists in sociology, law, cultural and American studies, religion, American history, anthropology, politics, criminology, media and communication, literary studies, and psychology. Several key themes or topics, especially race, ethnicity, gender, and youth studies, unify all their publishing disciplines.
The University of Notre Dame Press primarily publishes in areas that align with the academic strengths of the University of Notre Dame, including religion, theology, history, philosophy, political science and theory, medieval studies, Irish studies, Latin American studies, and international relations.
Ohio University Press publishes primarily in African Studies, including its Short Histories of Africa and New African Histories Series, Indian Ocean Studies, Global Health, Victorian Studies.
The University of Pennsylvania Press publishes books in American history, in European history and cultural studies from late antiquity through the early modern period, in urban studies, and on international human rights issues. The Press has gained a leading position also in landscape architecture and garden history. By long tradition the Press has published with distinction works of contemporary ethnography, now focusing on ethnopolitical conflicts around the world. Current catalogues show more and more books in Jewish studies. Future lists will increasingly feature books on international relations and in economics and business.
Stanford University Press publishes Business and Economics, Philosophy, Middle East, Security Studies, Jewish Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Film & Media. The Stanford Briefs imprint presents an innovative collection of new books. Published across our various disciplines, these books address the essence of a topic. TheRedwood Press trade imprint publishes intellectually stimulating books written for a trade audience, spanning a variety of topics in an array of diverse voices and styles. Open to both academics as well as non-academic writers, this imprint is geared toward big ideas and broad audiences.
Temple University Press publishes books in urban studies, housing and labor studies, organizational reform, social service reform, public religion, health care, and cultural studies, women’s studies, ethnic studies—including Asian American and Latino studies, as well as African American Studies, disability studies, animal rights, criminology, gender and sexual identity, and sport and society.
The University of Texas Press major areas of scholarly concentration are American studies, anthropology, archaeology, architecture, art, classics, film and media studies, food studies and cookbooks, history, Jewish studies, Latin American and pre-Columbian studies, Latinx studies, Middle Eastern studies, music, nature and environment and photography.
The University of Washington Press publishes in American Studies, Anthropology, Art History / Visual Culture, Asian American Studies, Asian Studies, Critical Ethnic Studies, Environmental History, Native American & Indigenous Studies, US History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Be sure to check the Press’ instructions for book proposal submissions – the Presses will have different guidelines and processes and many outline their requirements and advice online.