Stanford University Press

Stanford University Press is committed to the dissemination of new knowledge that will benefit, challenge and illuminate our society. The Press publishes around 130 books per year in the Humanities and Social Sciences, with a strong concentration in History, Literature, Philosophy, and Asian Studies, and growing lists in Politics, Sociology, Anthropology, and Religion.

Key subject areas

Business & Economics

Middle East Studies



Security Studies

Asian Studies

Jewish Studies

Film & Media

Stanford Catalogues

Stanford Featured Titles

Digital Relationships

Network Agency Theory and Big Tech

Jason Davis

14 February 2023


Encountering Humanity's Dark Side

Antonius C.G.M. Robben, Alexander Laban Hinton

17 January 2023

Unruly Speech

Displacement and the Politics of Transgression

Saskia Witteborn

17 January 2023

Practicing Sectarianism

Archival and Ethnographic Interventions on Lebanon

Lara Deeb, Tsolin Nalbantian, Nadya Sbaiti

22 November 2022

Data Cartels

The Companies That Control and Monopolize Our Information

Sarah Lamdan

8 November 2022

Moral Economies of Money

Politics and the Monetary Constitution of Society

Jakob Feinig

4 October 2022

Reader's Block

A History of Reading Differences

Matthew Rubery

4 October 2022

Controlling Immigration

A Comparative Perspective, Fourth Edition

James F. Hollifield, Philip L. Martin, Pia M. Orrenius, François Héran

27 September 2022

Unholy Catholic Ireland

Religious Hypocrisy, Secular Morality, and Irish Irreligion

Hugh Turpin

13 September 2022

Criticism and Politics

A Polemical Introduction

Bruce Robbins

13 September 2022

Unleash Your Complexity Genius

Growing Your Inner Capacity to Lead

Jennifer Garvey Berger, Carolyn Coughlin

9 August 2022

The Souls of White Jokes

How Racist Humor Fuels White Supremacy

Raúl Pérez

26 July 2022

Administering Affect

Pop-Culture Japan and the Politics of Anxiety

Daniel White

19 July 2022


China and the Making of the Modern World

Ali Humayun Akhtar

12 July 2022

Interconnected Worlds

Global Electronics and Production Networks in East Asia

Henry Wai-chung Yeung

28 June 2022


Distinction and Participation in Post-Hierarchy South Korea

Michael Prentice

14 June 2022


Sovereignty, Secularism, and the State in Lebanon

Maya Mikdashi

7 June 2022


Crime, Punishment, and Pleasure on Reality Television

Daniel LaChance, Paul Kaplan

31 May 2022

Badiou by Badiou

Alain Badiou, Bruno Bosteels

31 May 2022

My Life as an Artificial Creative Intelligence

A Speculative Fiction

Mark Amerika

10 May 2022

How to Live at the End of the World

Theory, Art, and Politics for the Anthropocene

Travis Holloway

3 May 2022

Love against Substitution

Seventeenth-Century English Literature and the Meaning of Marriage

Eric B. Song

26 April 2022

Media of the Masses

Cassette Culture in Modern Egypt

Andrew Simon

19 April 2022

Translating Food Sovereignty

Cultivating Justice in an Age of Transnational Governance

Matthew C. Canfield

19 April 2022

Automation Is a Myth

Luke Munn

5 April 2022

Understanding Global Migration

James F. Hollifield, Neil Foley

1 March 2022

Can We Unlearn Racism?

What South Africa Teaches Us About Whiteness

Jacob R. Boersema

1 March 2022

The Border Within

Vietnamese Migrants Transforming Ethnic Nationalism in Berlin

Phi Hong Su

15 February 2022

Design Leadership Ignited

Elevating Design at Scale

Eric Quint, Gerda Gemser, Giulia Calabretta

8 February 2022

Dream Super-Express

A Cultural History of the World's First Bullet Train

Jessamyn Abel

11 January 2022

Stanford Featured Series

Stanford Studies in Middle Eastern and Islamic Societies and Cultures

Series editors: Joel Beinin & Laleh Khalili

This series explores the social and political conditions that enable various forms of cultural expression in the Middle East—whether Islamic, nationalist, or secular—and the ways in which these forms legitimate regimes and operate as social movements. Books in this series are particularly concerned with the relationships between the new international economy, local states, national and sub-national communities, and local, regional, and transnational forms of culture. With a chronological focus from World War II to the present, this series produces books of cutting-edge scholarship and broad appeal that address the region spanning from Morocco to Pakistan—the zone that constitutes the historic core of the Muslim-majority world.

Stanford Briefs

The Stanford Briefs imprint presents an innovative collection of new books. Published across our various disciplines, these books address the essence of a topic. Briefs are essay-length works freed from the technical requirements of the scholarly journal article and the elaborate documentation of the full-length research monograph. All Briefs are peer-reviewed, and the criteria we use to select and approve each manuscript match the rigor and high standards of our traditional monographs. Without sacrificing the quality of carefully edited and produced content, these books are published on faster schedules to allow for time-sensitive dialogue. Short and incisive, Stanford Briefs promote intelligent debate, bringing novel perspectives to a wide range of readers.

South Asia in Motion

Series editor: Thomas Blom Hansen

South Asia is on the move. People, goods, ideas, aesthetic forms, institutional designs, and political dynamics originating in South Asia have been increasingly important across the globe throughout the 20th century. Today, seismic social, economic, and cultural shifts across the region undermine old certainties, unsettle long established social hierarchies and patterns of life, transforming the lives of hundreds of millions of people. This series foregrounds scholarly work that critically and imaginatively explores these vast and deep transformations and the complex historical conditions that made them possible. The series is focused on contemporary issues and distinctly modern and colonial investigations grounded in strong empirical, ethnographic, and archival work.

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