Temple University Press

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

Urban Studies

Animals & Society

African American Studies

Ethnic & Critical Race Theory

Work & Labour Studies

Temple Catalogues

Temple Featured Titles

The Evolution of a Cricket Fan

My Shapeshifting Journey

Samir Chopra

21 June 2021

Political Mourning

Identity and Responsibility in the Wake of Tragedy

Heather Pool

28 May 2021

Upsetting Food

Three Eras of Food Protests in the United States

Jeffrey Haydu

28 May 2021

Are We the 99%?

The Occupy Movement, Feminism, and Intersectionality

Heather McKee Hurwitz

4 December 2020

Undermining Intersectionality

The Perils of Powerblind Feminism

Barbara Tomlinson

17 August 2020

Under the Knife

Cosmetic Surgery, Boundary Work, and the Pursuit of the Natural Fake

Samantha Kwan, Jennifer Graves

26 June 2020

Allies and Obstacles

Disability Activism and Parents of Children with Disabilities

Allison C. Carey, Pamela Block, Richard Scotch

26 June 2020


Subcultural Survival

Kimberly Kattari

24 June 2020

The Age of Experiences

Harnessing Happiness to Build a New Economy

Benjamin Hunnicutt, B. Joseph Pine II

21 February 2020


A History of AIDS Activism and Gay Politics in France

Christophe Broqua, David M. Halperin

4 February 2020

Feminist Post-Liberalism

Judith A. Baer

24 January 2020


How States Push Mothers Out of Employment

Leah Ruppanner

4 September 2020

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.

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.

U.S. & Canada orders

If you are ordering from the U.S. or Canada, please visit http://tupress.temple.edu