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Bristol University Press and its imprint Policy Press are committed to publishing the highest-quality scholarship in the social sciences and aligned disciplines, aiming to make a positive contribution from the advancement of ideas through to practical implementation.

2021 marks 25 years since Policy Press was established and five years since the creation of Bristol University Press. Find out more here, including a timeline of the press history and download its specially commissioned anniversary brochure here.

Our social world is rapidly changing with the development of new technology, challenges to expertise and evidence-based knowledge, the effects of climate change, continued poverty and inequality, and now the need for COVID-19 recovery. The press publishes many materials on these global social challenges,  including the Global Social Challenges Journal—a new, interdisciplinary, nonprofit open-access journal. The press also works closely with organizations around the world to develop work makes an impact in the field and to ensure it reaches the people who can use it.

For more information, visit the press website and its blog, Transforming Society.


Questions curated and answered, fall 2021
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Established in 1944, the University of South Carolina Press is one of the oldest and most distinguished publishing houses in the South. With more than 1,300 books available in print and digital formats, and publishing approximately forty new books annually, the press serves the state and the University of South Carolina. Its publications educate, inform, entertain, and inspire while advancing knowledge.

University of South Carolina Press publishes a wide range of critically acclaimed works in the following subjects: Southern History, African American Studies, Civil Rights, and South Carolina history and culture. In addition, the press publishes scholarly works in Literary Studies and Rhetoric/Communication. Its mission is to serve teachers, learners, and readers in the state, the academy, and the broader society in North America and around the globe.

For more information, visit the press website:


Questions curated and answered, summer 2021

The Modern Language Association sustains a wide-ranging print and electronic publishing program that includes books, journals, the MLA Handbook, and MLA International Bibliography. Its peer-reviewed books and journals support teachers, students, and researchers in writing, research, language instruction, literary studies, and related fields at postsecondary and secondary institutions. Representing some of the finest pedagogical and research materials in the humanities and engaging diverse perspectives, MLA publications draw on the talents and experience of the MLA’s nearly 25,000 members across the globe to advance the MLA’s mission of promoting the humanities.

For more information, visit the publishing program’s website


Questions curated and answered, spring 2021

Fordham University Press publishes seventy books annually, primarily in the humanities and social sciences.

It has an outstanding reputation for producing award-winning studies in the fields of anthropology, American studies, classics, communications, cultural studies, gender studies, history, literary studies, philosophy, political theory, race and ethnicity, religion, sociology, theology, and urban studies with a particular emphasis on creatively interdisciplinary work. Each year it publishes two books of poetry through the Poets Out Loud Prize. Fordham Press also has a long history of publishing books focusing on the New York region, and in 2010 established Empire State Editions.

For more information, visit the press website and its blog


Questions curated and answered, winter 2020-2021

Michigan State University Press is the scholarly publishing arm of historic Michigan State University (1855), the nation’s pioneer land-grant university and the prototype for the institutions established under the Morrill Act of 1862. Although a formal press was not established at MSU until the mid-twentieth century, scholarly publishing was an important part of the institution’s mission from early on; significant and influential technical publications were regularly issued from the colleges as early as the mid-1870s.

Since its founding in 1947, the mission of the Michigan State University Press has been to be a catalyst for positive intellectual, social, and technological change through the publication of research and intellectual inquiry, making significant contributions to scholarship in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

Please check out its website at and podcast at


Questions curated and answered, fall 2020 

A publisher of original scholarship since its founding in 1916, New York University Press is a department of the New York University Division of Libraries. Working across the humanities and social sciences, NYU Press has award-winning lists in sociology, law, cultural and American studies, religion, American history, anthropology, politics, criminology, media and communication, literary studies, and disability studies. Several key themes or topics, especially race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, inequality and youth studies, unify its publishing disciplines.

Its key co-publishing programs include the American Literatures Initiative and the Early American Places series—university press publishing collaborations funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which supports the publication of first books by scholars. The Press also co-publishes the Clay Sanskrit Library, and, most recently, with the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute, the Library of Arabic Literature.

NYU Press has been a member of the Association of University Presses (AUPresses) since 1937. Its office is located one block south of Union Square in Manhattan. Please check out its website at and its blog, From the Square, at