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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.

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Pennsylvania Featured Titles

Atmospheric Violence

Disaster and Repair in Kashmir

Omer Aijazi

4 June 2024

The Maternalists

Psychoanalysis, Motherhood, and the British Welfare State

Shaul Bar-Haim

28 May 2024


Dreams and Degradations in Bucharest

Bruce O'Neill

14 May 2024

Ghosts, Holes, Rips and Scrapes

Shakespeare in 1619, Bibliography in the Longue Durée

Zachary Lesser

7 May 2024

The Driver’s Story

Labor and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery

Randy M. Browne

7 May 2024

Equality and the City

Urban Innovations for All Citizens

Enrique Penalosa Londono

16 April 2024

The First Last Man

Mary Shelley and the Postapocalyptic Imagination

Eileen M. Hunt

16 April 2024

The End of Peacekeeping

Gender, Race, and the Martial Politics of Intervention

Marsha Henry

12 March 2024

Fictions of Consent

Slavery, Servitude, and Free Service in Early Modern England

Urvashi Chakravarty

27 February 2024

Scripts of Blackness

Early Modern Performance Culture and the Making of Race

Noémie Ndiaye, Geraldine Heng, Ayanna Thompson

27 February 2024

Shakespearean Intersections

Language, Contexts, Critical Keywords

Patricia Parker

8 December 2023

Between Christian and Jew

Conversion and Inquisition in the Crown of Aragon, 1250-1391

Paola Tartakoff

8 December 2023

Becoming Foucault

The Poitiers Years

Michael C. Behrent

4 December 2023

Precarious Lives

Waiting and Hope in Iran

Shahram Khosravi

24 November 2023

Anna Zieglerin and the Lion's Blood

Alchemy and End Times in Reformation Germany

Tara Nummedal

7 November 2023

Why People Smoke

An Innovative Approach to Treating Tobacco Dependence

Frank T. Leone, Sarah Evers-Casey

7 November 2023


God and the Origin of the World

Christoph Schulte, Corey Twitchell

12 September 2023

Sex Lives

Intimate Infrastructures in Early Modernity

Joseph Gamble

22 August 2023

Out of Sight

An Art Collector, a Discovery, and Andy Warhol

David McKnight

15 August 2023

On the Doorstep of Europe

Asylum and Citizenship in Greece

Heath Cabot

8 August 2023

Constructing Gardens, Cultivating the City

Paris’s New Parks, 1977-1995

Amanda Shoaf Vincent

3 July 2023

Of Light and Struggle

Social Justice, Human Rights, and Accountability in Uruguay

Debbie Sharnak

20 June 2023

Frontiers of Gender Equality

Transnational Legal Perspectives

Rebecca J. Cook

30 May 2023

Reversing the Rivers

A Memoir of History, Hope, and Human Rights

William F. Schulz

16 May 2023


Michael Jackson

16 May 2023

Bad Blood

Staging Race Between Early Modern England and Spain

Emily Weissbourd

18 April 2023

England's Jews

Finance, Violence, and the Crown in the Thirteenth Century

John Tolan

7 March 2023

Let the Wind Speak

Mary de Rachewiltz and Ezra Pound

Carol Shloss

21 February 2023

Unfinished Christians

Ritual Objects and Silent Subjects in Late Antiquity

Georgia Frank

21 February 2023

Jewish Blues

A History of a Color in Judaism

Gadi Sagiv

14 February 2023

Undoing Slavery

Bodies, Race, and Rights in the Age of Abolition

Kathleen M. Brown

1 February 2023

The Silver Women

How Black Women’s Labor Made the Panama Canal

Joan Flores-Villalobos

31 January 2023

Living with the Law

Gender and Community Among the Jews of Medieval Egypt

Oded Zinger

17 January 2023

Death and the Body in the Eighteenth-Century Novel

Jolene Zigarovich

10 January 2023

Medieval English Manuscripts and Literary Forms

Jessica Brantley

13 December 2022

Cosmos, Liturgy, and the Arts in the Twelfth Century

Hildegard's Illuminated "Scivias"

Margot E. Fassler

6 December 2022

Photography and Jewish History

Five Twentieth-Century Cases

Amos Morris-Reich

15 November 2022

Wicked Flesh

Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World

Jessica Marie Johnson

8 November 2022

John James Audubon

The Nature of the American Woodsman

Gregory Nobles

18 October 2022

Counseling Women

Kinship Against Violence in India

Julia Kowalski

11 October 2022

Science as a Cultural Human Right

Helle Porsdam

27 September 2022

Scripts of Blackness

Early Modern Performance Culture and the Making of Race

Noémie Ndiaye, Geraldine Heng, Ayanna Thompson

20 September 2022

Her Neighbor's Wife

A History of Lesbian Desire Within Marriage

Lauren Jae Gutterman

20 September 2022

University City

History, Race, and Community in the Era of the Innovation District

Laura Wolf-Powers

20 September 2022

China Urbanizing

Impacts and Transitions

Weiping Wu, Qin Gao

20 September 2022

Refugee Cities

How Afghans Changed Urban Pakistan

Sanaa Alimia

13 September 2022

Shakespearean Issues

Agency, Skepticism, and Other Puzzles

Richard Strier

6 September 2022

Urban Planning in a World of Informal Politics

Chandan Deuskar

30 August 2022

The Virginia Venture

American Colonization and English Society, 1580-1660

Misha Ewen

16 August 2022

Women at the Wheel

A Century of Buying, Driving, and Fixing Cars

Katherine J. Parkin

19 July 2022

Making Meaningful Lives

Tales from an Aging Japan

Iza Kavedžija

19 July 2022

That Most Precious Merchandise

The Mediterranean Trade in Black Sea Slaves, 1260-1500

Hannah Barker

12 July 2022


A Political Philosophical History

Zachary R. Goldsmith

12 July 2022

City of Dispossessions

Indigenous Peoples, African Americans, and the Creation of Modern Detroit

Kyle T Mays

24 May 2022

Cultures of Witnessing

Law and the York Plays

Emma Lipton

10 May 2022

Inventing William of Norwich

Thomas of Monmouth, Antisemitism, and Literary Culture, 1150–1200

Heather Blurton

6 May 2022

Bad Humor

Race and Religious Essentialism in Early Modern England

Kimberly Anne Coles

19 April 2022

The Difference Is Spreading

Fifty Contemporary Poets on Fifty Poems

Al Filreis, Anna Strong Safford

29 March 2022

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

On Pestilence

A Renaissance Treatise on Plague

Girolamo Mercuriale, Craig Martin

4 January 2022

From Europe's East to the Middle East

Israel's Russian and Polish Lineages

Kenneth Moss, Benjamin Nathans, Taro Tsurumi

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

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

After Nationalism

Being American in an Age of Division

Samuel Goldman

4 June 2021

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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.

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