University of Massachusetts Press

University of Massachusetts Press The main offices of the Press are located on the campus of UMass Amherst. The Press also maintains an editorial office at UMass Boston.
Academic book publisher. Member of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP).
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Founded in 1963, the University of Massachusetts Press is the book-publishing arm of the University of Massachusetts. We think of book publishing as a collaborative venture—a partnership between author and Press staff— and we work hard to see that our authors are happy with every phase of the process. The Press imprint is overseen by a faculty committee, whose members represent a broad spectrum of University departments. New titles are approved by the committee after a rigorous process of peer review. The committee bases each of its decisions on the recommendations of the Press director and editors and on the written reports of at least two scholars in the field. Series editors also assist in this process. Since its inception, the Press has sold more than 2,000,000 volumes. Today it has over 950 titles in print. Eight employees, along with student assistants and outside sales representatives, produce and distribute approximately forty new titles annually.

Mission: To publish first-rate books, edit them carefully, design them well, and market them vigorously. In so doing, it supports and enhances the University's role as a major research institution.

You can register now for a virtual book discussion with Joseph Manca, author of "Shaker Vision: Seeing Beauty in Early A...
05/28/2020

You can register now for a virtual book discussion with Joseph Manca, author of "Shaker Vision: Seeing Beauty in Early America (2019)"! Hancock Shaker Village will host the Zoom event on Thursday, June 18 at 5:30 pm. Email [email protected] to reserve your spot!

More on "Shaker Vision" here: https://www.umass.edu/umpress/title/shaker-vision

Mike Brenes, author of the forthcoming book "For Might and Right," has an article on Trump’s suspension of funding to th...
05/07/2020
Trump, WHO, and Half a Century of Global Health Austerity

Mike Brenes, author of the forthcoming book "For Might and Right," has an article on Trump’s suspension of funding to the WHO in the Boston Review.

Any attempt to revive solidarity between rich and poor nations must begin by recapturing the commitment to social and economic rights on which the WHO was founded.

"Black Perspectives" reviewed Jared R. Hardesty’s "Black Lives, Native Worlds, White Worlds," writing that it is "as muc...
05/06/2020
Black Lives & Native Lands: Rewriting the History of New England – AAIHS

"Black Perspectives" reviewed Jared R. Hardesty’s "Black Lives, Native Worlds, White Worlds," writing that it is "as much a synthesis as it is a call for the correction of public memory, something future works would do well to heed."

Black Lives & Native Lands: Rewriting the History of New England By David Guzman May 5, 2020 0 The study of slavery in New England has experienced something of a revival in the last decade. Given that New England is often treated as a hub of liberty after the American Revolution, colonial America sc...

The New York Times discusses Thomas Grace and his UMass Press book “Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties” i...
05/05/2020
Opinion | Four Students Were Killed in Ohio. America Was Never the Same.

The New York Times discusses Thomas Grace and his UMass Press book “Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties” in their piece commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Kent State shootings.

The Kent State shootings marked the end of the 1960s, and the beginning of our era of political polarization.

Aimee Edmondson’s "In Sullivan’s Shadow: The Use and Abuse of Libel Law during the Long Civil Rights Struggle" was named...
04/29/2020
Frank Luther Mott – KTA Journalism & Mass Communication Research Award

Aimee Edmondson’s "In Sullivan’s Shadow: The Use and Abuse of Libel Law during the Long Civil Rights Struggle" was named a finalist for the Frank Luther Mott Award!

Named in honor of Frank Luther Mott, Pulitzer Prize winner, educator and long-time leader of Kappa Tau Alpha, the award is made for the best research-based book about journalism or mass communication published each year. Kappa Tau Alpha, the national college honor society founded in 1910 for scholar...

Christina Milletti’s "Choke Box" was named a finalist for the Big Other Book Award for Fiction!
04/28/2020
Announcing the Finalists for the 2019 Big Other Book Award for Fiction!

Christina Milletti’s "Choke Box" was named a finalist for the Big Other Book Award for Fiction!

  We are excited to announce the finalists for the 2019 Big Other Book Award for Fiction. Most of the books below are linked to their respective pages at Bookshop, the fledgling indie alternat…

The Washington Independent Review of Books reviewed Wayne Karlin’s “A Wolf By the Ears," writing that "Karlin’s greatest...
04/09/2020
A Wolf by the Ears: A Novel | Washington Independent Review of Books

The Washington Independent Review of Books reviewed Wayne Karlin’s “A Wolf By the Ears," writing that "Karlin’s greatest success is in … helping [readers] feel deeply the horrors of America’s original sin.” Read the full review here.

The Independent is an important voice in the community of readers and writers dedicated to book reviews and writing about the world of books.

We have announced the winners of the 2020 Juniper Literary Prizes! Congratulations to these diversely talented writers. ...
04/08/2020
Announcing the winners of the 2020 Juniper Literary Prizes | University of Massachusetts Press

We have announced the winners of the 2020 Juniper Literary Prizes! Congratulations to these diversely talented writers. Read more about them here!

UMass Press and the MFA for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are pleased to announce the 2020 winners of the Juniper Literary Prizes in Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction. All five works will be published in the spring of 2021. Juniper Prize for Creative Nonfiction

Read here about how two UMass Press authors, Katherine A. Foss and Charles Allan McCoy, will shed light on public health...
04/07/2020
UMass Press to Publish Two Books on the History of Pandemics

Read here about how two UMass Press authors, Katherine A. Foss and Charles Allan McCoy, will shed light on public health and the histories of pandemics in their forthcoming books.

Over the coming months, UMass Press will publish Katherine A. Foss’s “Constructing the Outbreak: Epidemics in Media and Collective Memory” and Charles Allan McCoy’s “Diseased States: Epidemic Control in Britain and the United States,” which shed light on the histories of pandemics.

A great piece on “How Epidemics Shaped Modern Life” from UMass Press author Katherine Foss, published by Zócalo Public S...
04/07/2020
How Epidemics Shaped Modern Life | Essay | Zócalo Public Square

A great piece on “How Epidemics Shaped Modern Life” from UMass Press author Katherine Foss, published by Zócalo Public Square. Foss’s book, “Constructing the Outbreak: Epidemics in Media and Collective Memory” will be available in September.

At the end of the 19th century, one in seven people around the world had died of the tuberculosis epidemic, and the disease ranked as the third leading

For those new to homeschooling, we have discounted the ebook for "Kids Have All the Write Stuff" by 40% at Amazon Kindle...
04/03/2020
Kids Have All the Write Stuff | University of Massachusetts Press

For those new to homeschooling, we have discounted the ebook for "Kids Have All the Write Stuff" by 40% at Amazon Kindle and AppleBooks. This essential book offers hundreds of creative and practical ideas for bringing writing into the lives of preschoolers and elementary school students. #homeschool2020
https://www.umass.edu/umpress/title/kids-have-all-write-stuff

You can open up a world of imagination and learning for children when you encourage the expression of ideas through writing. Kids Have All the Write Stuff: Revised and Updated for a Digital Age shows you how to support children’s development as confident writers and communicators, offering hundred...

An excellent read on the impact of panic-buying in the Washington Post from UMass Press author Thomas Bishop! Bishop’s b...
03/25/2020
Perspective | Panic-buyers, beware

An excellent read on the impact of panic-buying in the Washington Post from UMass Press author Thomas Bishop! Bishop’s book, “Every Home a Fortress: Cold War Fatherhood and the Family Fallout Shelter” will be available on May 29th, 2020.

Panic-buying gives us a sense of control, but it also lets the unscrupulous take advantage.

Thank you to the UMass Department of History and UMass Public History Program for ten years of collaboration and inspira...
02/26/2020
UMass Department of History

Thank you to the UMass Department of History and UMass Public History Program for ten years of collaboration and inspiration. Like Mary said - we are extremely proud!

What a milestone! The Public History in Historical Perspective Series -- edited by Dr. Marla Miller, and published by the University of Massachusetts Press -- is now in its 10th year!

“We are extremely proud to publish the series, Public History in Historical Perspective,” says Mary Dougherty, the director of University of Massachusetts Press. According to Dougherty, over 15,700 copies of series titles have been sold, including library copies available to borrow in electronic or paper formats. A number of the books in the series are routinely assigned in courses nationwide. And the press and the series are now poised to drive innovation in the realm of digital scholarship, an area of keen interest among public historians.

“With exciting manuscripts in various stages of completion, readers can look forward to a series of continued excellence,” says Edward Linenthal, a member of the series’s editorial advisory board. “Such case studies transport us into the intimate and at the same time very public ‘predicament of aftermath.’ More generally, they offer stark evidence that the past remains forever dynamic.”
For more on the series, click here: bit.ly/2VkqLnc

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Lilith Magazine published "You Are Your Name", a beautiful guest piece on names, identity, and personal mythology by Eli...
02/25/2020
You Are Your Name

Lilith Magazine published "You Are Your Name", a beautiful guest piece on names, identity, and personal mythology by Elizabeth Kadetsky. Read it here and get excited for her forthcoming book "The Memory Eaters."

https://www.lilith.org/blog/2020/02/you-are-your-name/

Your name is who you are and that no one else can have your name until you die--this precept seems profoundly linked to what it means to be Jewish.

Congratulations to UMass Press author Mike Conway on being awarded the Library of American Broadcasting's 2020 Broadcast...
02/20/2020

Congratulations to UMass Press author Mike Conway on being awarded the Library of American Broadcasting's 2020 Broadcasting Historian Award! He will receive the award and speak about "Contested Ground" at the Broadcast Education Association 2020 Convention in April.

The Library of American Broadcasting Foundation has awarded the 2020 Broadcast Historian Award to "Contested Ground: The Tunnel and the Struggle over Television News in Cold War America," by Mike Conway. https://www.beaweb.org/wp/?p=9240

Come celebrate Black History Month at the Boston Public Library! Tomorrow, February 5, at 6:00, UMass Press author Kathl...
02/04/2020
Maria Baldwin's Worlds: Black New England and the Fight for Racial Justice

Come celebrate Black History Month at the Boston Public Library! Tomorrow, February 5, at 6:00, UMass Press author Kathleen Weiler will give a book talk on Maria Baldwin, the first African American female principal in Massachusetts and the Northeast.

The first African-American female principal in Massachusetts and the Northeast.

Come hear author John R. Nelson speak about the history of birding in Massachusetts! Drawing from his humorous and well-...
01/28/2020

Come hear author John R. Nelson speak about the history of birding in Massachusetts! Drawing from his humorous and well-researched essays, he will explore conservation efforts and the future of birds in our state. Join us at the Sawyer Free Library on Saturday, February 8th at 2:00 PM!

Very nice interview with Beth Luey, author of "At Home: Historic Houses of Central and Western Massachusetts," and Kamee...
12/04/2019

Very nice interview with Beth Luey, author of "At Home: Historic Houses of Central and Western Massachusetts," and Kameel Nasr from the "New England Authors" show on all three of Luey's University of Massachusetts Press titles! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIR5seamzVc

Check out Sam Carter's great review of Tagus Press's (Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press - UMass Da...
12/04/2019

Check out Sam Carter's great review of Tagus Press's (Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press - UMass Dartmouth) timely new translation of Eden-Brazil over at Full Stop . . .

"In these new climate circumstances, old stories will not suffice when it comes to stirring us to action." Sam Carter on climate fiction, ecotourism and Moacyr Scliar's EDEN-BRAZIL (translated by Malcolm K. McNee; University of Massachusetts Press) http://www.full-stop.net/2019/12/04/reviews/sam-carter/eden-brazil-moacyr-scliar/

John L. Brooke, author of "There Is a North" (out now from University of Massachusetts Press) sits down with the New Boo...
12/03/2019

John L. Brooke, author of "There Is a North" (out now from University of Massachusetts Press) sits down with the New Books Network to discuss the new book and how popular culture motivated the North to stand against slavery.

How did popular entertainment help spur the American North to go to war against slavery?

Focusing on the interplay between culture and politics, "THERE IS A NORTH": Fugitive Slaves, Political Crisis, and Cultural Transformation in the Coming of the Civil War (University of Massachusetts Press) demonstrates how political change really happens. Author and Ohio State University history professor John L. Brooke joins Ryan Tripp ↙️

https://newbooksnetwork.com/john-l-brooke-there-is-a-north-fugitive-slaves-political-crisis-and-cultural-transformation-in-the-coming-of-the-civil-war-u-mass-press-2019/

Newburyport, Massachusetts, please mark your calendars for John R. Nelson's November 30 book signing and birding excursi...
11/22/2019
Newburyport Birders Guided Birding Tours | November 30 – John Nelson’s Book Reading & Waterfowl at Cherry Hill [Indian Hill] Reservoir

Newburyport, Massachusetts, please mark your calendars for John R. Nelson's November 30 book signing and birding excursion for "Flight Calls: Exploring Massachusetts through Birds" (new from University of Massachusetts Press).

More details: https://newburyportbirders.com/november-30-flight-calls-exploring-massachusetts-through-birds-john-nelsons-book-reading-waterfowl-at-cherry-hill-indian-hill-reservoir/

30 Nov November 30 – John Nelson’s Book Reading & Waterfowl at Cherry Hill [Indian Hill] Reservoir Posted at 01:57h in Upcoming Programs by JamesWaldron Share Date: Saturday, November 30 Time: 9:00 am – 11:30 am Meeting Location: First parking area you encounter on Moulton Street in West Newbu...

Jared Ross Hardesty's new book, "Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds" is in good company in The Journal of Blacks in...
09/25/2019
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

Jared Ross Hardesty's new book, "Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds" is in good company in The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education's roundup.

New publications from Palgrave Macmillan, University Press of Mississippi, University of Massachusetts Press, Duke University Press, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Routledge, Rowman & Littlefield, and The New Press.

University of Massachusetts Press's new book, "Guns in Law," from Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas, and Martha Merril Umph...
08/15/2019

University of Massachusetts Press's new book, "Guns in Law," from Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas, and Martha Merril Umphrey is part of this exciting and much needed (FREE) collection from Project MUSE. You'll also find fantastic books from a slew of other university presses that offer direction on how gun violence can best be addressed. Read and be informed!

Project MUSE announces the launch of “MUSE in Focus: Addressing Gun Violence,” a curated collection of books and articles focused on understanding and preventing gun violence. This high-quality content usually requires a subscription. You can access it now for FREE thanks to the generosity of our publishing partners. bit.ly/MUSEinFocus-Gun-ViolenceFB

Larry Finison sits down with WGBH's "Under the Radar" to discuss his new book, "Boston's Twentieth-Century Bicycling Ren...
07/30/2019
Boston’s Twentieth-Century Bicycling Renaissance

Larry Finison sits down with WGBH's "Under the Radar" to discuss his new book, "Boston's Twentieth-Century Bicycling Renaissance: Cultural Change on Two Wheels," and the city's current turn back to cycling. https://www.wgbh.org/news/news/2019/07/26/bostons-twentieth-century-bicycling-renaissance

Biking is increasingly popular now in greater Boston - an historic comeback after a 70 year period when the sport virtually disappeared from the city.

An excellent and timely interview with University of Massachusetts Press author Clare Daniel over on the New Books Netwo...
06/13/2019

An excellent and timely interview with University of Massachusetts Press author Clare Daniel over on the New Books Network. Tune in!

🎙️Clare Daniel joins Lee M Pierce to discuss, MEDIATING MORALITY: The Politics of Teen Pregnancy in the Post-Welfare Era (University of Massachusetts Press), which explores the construction of teen pregnancy in law, activism, TV, film, and other domains of of popular-political culture since the dismantling of the welfare state. 👂👇

https://newbooksnetwork.com/clare-daniel-mediating-morality-the-politics-of-teen-pregnancy-in-the-post-welfare-era-u-massachusetts-press-2017/

Check out this great interview with University of Massachusetts Press author Donna Harrington-Lueker on the origins of s...
06/11/2019
The Public's Radio 89.3FM

Check out this great interview with University of Massachusetts Press author Donna Harrington-Lueker on the origins of summer reading and the page turners she encountered while researching "Books for Idle Hours."

The idea of the "summer read" - a type of book just for reading while on vacation - has been around since before the civil war. But there was a major shift in the 1870s as publishers began to focus on women as an audience for their books. We talked with Donna Harrington-Lueker, a professor at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island about her new book, "Books for Idle Hours, Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the Rise of Summer Reading." Plus: lots of whale content for this weekend's community calendar. https://thepublicsradio.org/episode/artscape-the-origins-of-the-summer-beach-read

06/11/2019
Strange Attractors

Strange Attractors are taking on both coasts this Thursday, 6/13! Hope you can join contributors in Brooklyn at Community Bookstore or in Berkeley at Pegasus Books Downtown . . .

Join us June 13th!

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2019 Juniper Literary Prizes for Poetry, Fiction, and (FOR THE FIRST TIME...
04/02/2019
Announcing the 2019 Juniper Literary Prize Winners | University of Massachusetts Press

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2019 Juniper Literary Prizes for Poetry, Fiction, and (FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER) Creative Nonfiction!!

Learn more about our crop of winning books here: https://www.umass.edu/umpress/news/announcing-2019-juniper-literary-prize-winners

UMass Press and the MFA for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are excited to announce the 2019 winners of the Juniper Literary Prizes in Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction. This year, we have the distinct pleasure of announcing the winner of the inaugural Juniper Pri...

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