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

On Pestilence

A Renaissance Treatise on Plague

Girolamo Mercuriale, Craig Martin

4 January 2022

Household Goods and Good Households in Late Medieval London

Consumption and Domesticity After the Plague

Katherine L. French

20 August 2021

Critical Disaster Studies

Jacob A.C. Remes, Andy Horowitz

20 August 2021

The Maternalists

Psychoanalysis, Motherhood, and the British Welfare State

Shaul Bar-Haim

6 August 2021

Jungle Passports

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

Malini Sur

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

An Illustrated Business History of the United States

Richard Vague

21 May 2021

After Nationalism

Being American in an Age of Division

Samuel Goldman

4 June 2021

Violence and Power in the Thought of Hannah Arendt

Caroline Ashcroft

7 May 2021

Resounding the Sublime

Music in English and German Literature and Aesthetic Theory, 1670-1850

Miranda Eva Stanyon

7 May 2021

Thou Art the Man

The Masculinity of David in the Christian and Jewish Middle Ages

Ruth Mazo Karras

30 April 2021

Legacies of Fukushima

3.11 in Context

Kyle Cleveland, Scott Gabriel Knowles, Ryuma Shineha

2 April 2021

The Jewish Body

A History

Robert Jutte, Elizabeth Bredeck

25 December 2020

The Corrupter of Boys

Sodomy, Scandal, and the Medieval Clergy

Dyan Elliott

27 November 2020

In Defense of Populism

Protest and American Democracy

Donald T. Critchlow

27 November 2020

A Medieval Life

Cecilia Penifader and the World of English Peasants Before the Plague

Judith M. Bennett

20 November 2020

Rabbi Leo Baeck

Living a Religious Imperative in Troubled Times

Michael A. Meyer

20 November 2020

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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