University of Pennsylvania Press

The University of Pennsylvania 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. One of the Press’s first book publications, in 1899, was a landmark: The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study, by renowned black reformer, scholar, and social critic W.E.B. Du Bois, a book that remains on the Press’s lists to this day. From the turn of the century to the late 1950s, the Press published across the disciplinary spectrum. In the mid-1960s the Press began to focus its editorial program on Amerian and European historical and cultural studies, the social sciences, and, selectively, the professions.

Key subject areas

Medieval Studies


Human Rights

Religious Studies

American Studies

Literature & Cultural Studies

Business & Economics

European & World History

Pennsylvania Catalogues

Pennsylvania Featured Titles

Fictions of Consent

Slavery, Servitude, and Free Service in Early Modern England

Urvashi Chakravarty

22 March 2022

Sonic Bodies

Text, Music, and Silence in Late Medieval England

Tekla Bude

22 March 2022

For the Love of Humanity

The World Tribunal on Iraq

Ayça Çubukçu

15 February 2022

Intimate Bonds

Family and Slavery in the French Atlantic

Jennifer L. Palmer

15 February 2022

From Europe's East to the Middle East

Israel's Russian and Polish Lineages

Kenneth Moss, Benjamin Nathans, Taro Tsurumi

4 January 2022

On Pestilence

A Renaissance Treatise on Plague

Girolamo Mercuriale, Craig Martin

4 January 2022


Violence Across Time and Space

Yael Navaro, Zerrin Özlem Biner, Alice von Bieberstein, Seda Altuğ

21 December 2021

Fighting Machines

Autonomous Weapons and Human Dignity

Dan Saxon

3 December 2021

A Right to Lie?

Presidents, Other Liars, and the First Amendment

Catherine J. Ross

30 November 2021


The Future of Digital Literary Heritage

Matthew G. Kirschenbaum

23 November 2021

The Future of Risk Management

Howard Kunreuther, Robert J. Meyer, Erwann O. Michel-Kerjan

2 November 2021

Household Goods and Good Households in Late Medieval London

Consumption and Domesticity After the Plague

Katherine L. French

19 October 2021

Medieval Badges

Their Wearers and Their Worlds

Ann Marie Rasmussen

10 September 2021

Jungle Passports

Fences, Mobility, and Citizenship at the Northeast India-Bangladesh Border

Malini Sur

6 August 2021

The Maternalists

Psychoanalysis, Motherhood, and the British Welfare State

Shaul Bar-Haim

6 August 2021

The Color of Equality

Race and Common Humanity in Enlightenment Thought

Devin J. Vartija

6 August 2021

The Material Fall of Roman Britain, 300-525 CE

Robin Fleming

11 June 2021

After Nationalism

Being American in an Age of Division

Samuel Goldman

4 June 2021

Pennsylvania Featured Series

The Middle Ages Series

Series editor: Ruth Mazo Karras

Books in the series examine the cultures of the European Middle Ages from their centers to their margins, and from the broadest possible range of disciplinary and methodological perspectives.

The Ethnography of Political Violence

Series editors: Daniel J. Hoffman, Tobias Kelly & Sharika Thiranagama

Volumes in this series provide ethnographic examinations of the causes, consequences, and experiences of political violence. In doing so they seek to broaden our understandings of both politics and violence.

Pennsylvania Journals

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