Founded in 1969, Temple University Press chose as its inspiration Russell Conwell’s vision of the university as a place of educational opportunity for the urban working class.
The Press is perhaps best known as a publisher of books in the social sciences and the humanities, as well as books about Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley region. Temple was an early publisher of books in urban studies, housing and labor studies, organizational reform, social service reform, public religion, health care, and cultural studies. It became one of the first university presses to publish in what later became the fields of women’s studies, ethnic studies—including Asian American and Latino studies, as well as African American Studies.
Today, it continues in those fields and in newer ones such as disability studies, animal rights, criminology, gender and sexual identity, and sport and society. Temple’s regional list encompasses scholarly books, coffee table books, and books about art, culture, birding, fishing, hiking, sports teams, and the urban and suburban environments.
Key subject areas
Film & Media
Animals & Society
African American Studies
Ethnic & Critical Race Theory
Work & Labour Studies
Temple Featured Titles
Richard III's Bodies from Medieval England to Modernity
Shakespeare and Disability History
2 October 2022
Beethoven in Beijing
Stories from the Philadelphia Orchestra's Historic Journey to China
29 April 2022
Who Really Makes Environmental Policy?
Creating and Implementing Environmental Rules and Regulations
24 September 2021
Temple Featured Series
Urban Life, Landscape, and Policy
Series editors: David Stradling, Larry Bennett & Davarian Baldwin
The Urban Life, Landscape, and Policy Series was founded by the late Zane L. Miller to publish books that examine past and contemporary cities. While preserving the series’ foundational focus on the policy, planning, and environmental issues so central to metropolitan life, we also join scholarly efforts to push the boundaries of urban studies. We are committed to publishing work at the shifting intersections of cultural production, community formation, and political economy that shape cities at all scales, from the neighborhood to the transnational.
From Improvement to City Planning
Spatial Management in Cincinnati from the Early Republic through the Civil War Decade
The Misunderstood History of Gentrification
People, Planning, Preservation, and Urban Renewal, 1915-2020
Democratizing Urban Development
Community Organizations for Housing across the United States and Brazil
Constructing the Patriarchal City
Gender and the Built Environments of London, Dublin, Toronto, and Chicago, 1870s into the 1940s
Religious Engagement in Democratic Politics
Series editor: Paul A. Djupe
The Religious Engagement in Democratic Politics series will collect work that explores in theoretically and empirically rigorous ways variations in and determinants of religious presence in the politics of democratic nations—from those with a long history of institutionalized democracy to those struggling to establish free, contested elections and systems of rights and liberties. Books in the series will demonstrate application of one or more of a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies to explore the robust and highly variable presence of religion in democracies.
One Faith, Two Authorities
Tension between Female Religious and Male Clergy in the American Catholic Church
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