We couldn’t wait to join in the fun for University Press Week so we scoured every shelf in our Oxford and New York offices to bring you the above shelfies. We may be breaking the rules a bit - we found it impossible to limit ourselves to just one picture - but we hope you can forgive us!

Have you taken any #UPshelfies you’d like to share with us?

Photos by Jack Campbell-Smith and Sara Levine for Oxford University Press.

Watch Spy Shows with Georgetown University Press

Our current TV show landscape in the United States is a lot like Georgetown University Press’s recent catalogs—it’s full of espionage. By picking up a book or two from GUP, viewers at home can better understand (and perhaps correct) their favorite shows.

Don’t believe that the Jennings, secretly two Soviet intelligence agents, could possibly pose as a married couple in an effort to spy on the US government in The Americans? Read about how it’s all been done before (and how the spies were eventually found out) in American Spies: Espionage against the United States from the Cold War to the Present and (even earlier in American history) in Spying in America: Espionage from the Revolutionary War to the Dawn of the Cold War.


Want to emulate Sydney from Alias? Why not start with the classic Thwarting Enemies at Home and Abroad: How to Be a Counterintelligence Officer? Then go pick out a nice hot pink wig.


Ichabod Crane of Sleepy Hollow certainly believes General Washington to have been a master intelligencer, but do you agree? Read up on Kenneth Daigler’s take on our founding fathers of espionage in Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War.


Annie on Covert Affairs always seems to be making friends (or enemies) in other intelligence services. When making new friends, it’s always good to have a little background. To learn more about the espionage activities by other governments, grab a copy of Intelligence Elsewhere: Spies and Espionage Outside the Anglosphere.


While catching up on Homeland, do you wonder how information is analyzed and then given to people like Carrie Mathison? Check out Analyzing Intelligence to better understand the state of the profession of intelligence analysis from the practitioner’s point of view.


Think you can do better than Jack Bauer? To live up to the standards of 24, you should start with Intelligence and Surprise Attack: Failure and Success from Pearl Harbor to 9/11 and Beyond (and then get some tactical training as well).


When marathoning Chuck, have you gotten confused as to the differences between Casey being from the NSA or Sarah working for the CIA or how that all differs from the FBI? The National Security Enterprise: Navigating the Labyrinth is what you need! It offers a broad overview and analysis of the many government agencies involved in national security issues, the interagency process, congressional checks and balances, and the influence of private sector organizations.


Now, with all this newfound knowledge, enjoy your TV watching!

This post is part of University Press Week's Blog Tour. For more examples of university presses in pop culture, take a look at today’s other posts in the tour:

University of Pennsylvania Press

Princeton University Press

University Press of Kentucky

University Press of Mississippi

University of Wisconsin Press


It’s University Press Week—a perfect opportunity for us to spotlight a few of the incredible folks behind NYU Press!

Meet the newest members of our community with this round-up of Q&As (clockwise from top):

Gemma Juan-Simó, Editorial Assistant
Tom Sullivan, Marketing Assistant
Clara Platter, Editor in History and Law
Caelyn Cobb, Assistant Editor
Alicia Nadkarni, Assistant Editor

Stay tuned to our blog for more Q&As with folks from across departments—coming soon!

Found via Dan Cohen’s Twitter feed.  I like the idea.

Forerunners will publish timely, innovative works of between 15,000 and 25,000 words, written for a broader audience of serious readers. These could be original writing or adapted from more ephemeral conversations already happening. We’re leveraging agile publishing tools and ebook technology to make works available quickly and widely at an affordable price. This means ebooks available from all the major retailers, like Amazon, as well as print-on-demand editions for those who still prefer a more tactile reading experience. And, I’m talking a few months from submission to publication—not a few years, which would be the typical timeline for a scholarly monograph. You submit your work in January; we have it out in April.

We’ll still be doing a formal peer review, you’ll still be working with an acquisitions editor to develop the work, and the works will still receive professional copyediting and proofreading.

Like Cohen, I’m excited about the implications, and a bit surprised by the fast pace.  

But I love the idea of a publishing mechanism that is not only able to respond to conversations currently happening in a field, but can offer input on those conversations to a “broader audience.”  I’m hopeful as to what their output and model will mean for independent scholars.

University Press Blog Tour: Day 1

Get ready for an onslaught of great content, book lovers, because today is the first day of the University Press Week Blog Tour. This tour will highlight the value of university presses and the contributions they make to scholarship and our society. Individual presses will blog on a different theme each day from November 11-15, with a stop at the University of Texas Press blog on Tuesday, November 12th. See a complete University Press Week blog tour schedule here: http://bit.ly/HjQX7n

For more information, visit universitypressweek.org.

Today’s blog tour stops:



It’s University Press Week! So why not check out some of the great university presses on Tumblr? 

  1. Baylor University Press
  2. Cambridge [University Press] Exhibitions 
  3. Duke University Press 
  4. Georgetown University Press 
  5. McGill-Queen’s University Press 
  6. MIT Press 
  7. Northwestern University Press 
  8. NYU Press 
  9. Oxford Academic (Oxford University Press) [That’s us!]
  10. University of Chicago Press
  11. University of Texas Press 
  12. University Press of Kentucky eBook Exchange 
  13. Yale University Press

Did we miss anyone? Let us know and we’ll add to the list.

Happy following!

Happy University Press Week!


This week, Georgetown University Press along with more than 25 university presses is participating in a blog tour in celebration of University Press Week, presented by the Association of American University Presses (AAUP).  

Today, a number of presses shared pictures that highlight their university press. This included a flashback to 1950 when Indiana University Press was founded, a look at Stanford University Press' printing facilities from the ’50s and ’60s, a collage featuring Fordham University Press' most memorable moments, a Q&A with John Hopkins University Press' art director, and “pictures through the years,” which includes adorable pictures of puppies, from the University Press of Florida

These images were a great way to reflect on the history of university presses, which makes us all the more excited to see what else our fellow presses will share this week! 

Join in on the excitement — You can follow the fun this week on Twitter with hashtag #UPWeek and #UPShelfie. You can also check out the schedule for university press blog posts that we’re sure will knock your socks off!

Here’s our favorite #UPShelfie so far!


Source: Greg Britton (Twitter @gmbritton)

I think university presses have always played a key role in shaping the public discussion of academic research and our greatest challenge is to continue to find ways to make ideas, and the books which contain them, visible and appreciated as a value for society.

Jonathan Crago, Editor in Chief at McGill-Queen’s University Press

Read the full Q&A here

Happy University Press Week 2013!

University Press Blog Tour features "Throwback Thursday"

This week, Georgetown University Press along with more than 25 university presses is participating in a blog tour in celebration of University Press Week, presented by the Association of American University Presses (AAUP).  


With continued excitement surrounding this week’s university press blog tour, we’re going back in time with today’s “Throwback Thursday” theme. 

University Press’ (UP) have such a rich history and it’s nice to see just how far we’ve come. Head on over to our fellow UPs to learn about Temple University Press' Asian History and Culture series, Wesleyan University Press' long-celebrated #TBT Poetry series, Harvard University Press' “ridiculous” list of book titles that go all the way back to the 1800s, and University of Washington Press' then-and-now Asian American classic book series, with special attention to cover design. You can also check out University of Toronto Press' look back at publications by The Champlain Society, and MIT Press' remembrance of their former designer who designed their iconic colophon in 1964.

Also, in celebration of this grand week, the University of Virginia Press will be giving away copies of “The Founders on the Founders” to a select number of entrants who tweet about a university press book that changed their life. Entrants must use hashtag #upweek or #book for a chance to win! You can also enter to win by subscribing to the University Press Week Round-Up.

AAUP has collected wonderful testimonials from scholars, public figures, essayists, and university administrators on the value of university presses—from a US Senator to the provosts of Georgetown and Fordham Universities to independent booksellers, their words reinforce the message of University Press Week and celebrate the day-to-day work of AAUP members. See more here!

University Press Week blog tour roundup: Collaboration

University Press of Colorado expands upon its collaboration with the Veterinary Information Network on a recent textbook, Basic Veterinary Immunology. 

University of Georgia Press discusses the New Georgia Encyclopedia (NGE) partnership, which includes the Georgia Humanities Council, UGA libraries, GALILEO, and the Press. 

Duke University Press features author Eben Kirksey writing on collaboration at the intersection of anthropology and biology, including his own recent collection, The Multispecies Salon.

University of California Press highlights authors Dr. Paul Farmer and Dr. Jim Yong Kim and the collaborative work they are doing to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

University of Virginia Press blogs about the collaboration between the Press and the Presidential Recordings Project at the Miller Center to create Chasing Shadows, a book on the origins of Watergate, with a special ebook and website allowing readers to listen to the actual Oval Office conversations.

McGill-Queen’s University Press discusses Landscape Architecture in Canada—a major national project with support from scholars across the country and published simulatenously in French and English by two university presses. The publication was followed by a cross-Canada book tour,”CONVERSATIONS,” in partnership with the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects.

Texas A&M University Press focuses on a new consumer advocacy series it launched this year with the Texas A&M School of Public Health. “Prepare to Defend Yourself: How to Navigate the Healthcare System and Escape with Your Life” falls in line with the School of Public Health’s mission, as well as with its involvement in the Texas A&M One Health Initiative, a collaborative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain sustainable optimal health for the ecosystem.

Project MUSE/JHUP examines collaboration in the university press world in general, drawing on specific instances of collaboration among university presses from MUSE’s history. 

Yale University Press will feature a guest post from Mark Polizzotti, director of the publications program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, on its “Museum Quality Books” series. The series consists of guest posts from the knowledgeable, erudite, witty, insightful, and althogether delightful directors of publishing at the museums and galleries with whom Yale collaborates on books. 

University of Chicago Press blogs on the first year of the Turabian Teacher Collaborative, featuring a guest post from one of the University of Iowa professors helming the endeavor.

UPWeek Blog Tour Thursday Roundup

Today’s theme is the importance of regional publishing. Read more about how the following presses support their home ground:

Fredric Nachbaur, director of Fordham University Press, writes about establishing the Empires State Editions imprint to better brand and market the regional books, reflect the mission of the university, and co-publish books with local institutions.

Erin Rolfs, marketing manager at Louisiana State University Press, discusses the challenge of capturing an authentic representation of Louisiana’s culture, especially when it is an outstider looking in, as many authors (scholars or not) are.

Acquisitions editor Mary Braun gives an overview of regional publishing with specifics from the Oregon State University Press list.

Regional author Chuck D’Imperio discusses the roots of regional writing in many of the “classics” on the Syracuse University Press blog. From oral testimonies to local guidebooks, these stories contribute to the culture and history of the region.

University of Alabama Press gives an overview of the economic niche regional university presses occupy between mass market trade publishing and non-scholarly regional and local publishing.

University of Nebraska Press editor-in-chief Derek Krissoff defines the meaning of place in university press publishing.

University of North Carolina Press editorial director Mark Simpson-Vos highlights the special value of regional university press publishing at a time when the scale for so much of what we do emphasizes the global.

University Press of Kentucky regional editor Ashley Runyon writes on her unique editorial perspective as a born-and-bred Kentuckian as well as preserving Kentucky’s cultural heritage. UPK will also feature some of the fun things that make Kentucky (and Kentucky books) unique.

Steve Yates, marketing manager at University Press of Mississippi and author of two books, gives his thoughts on the scale of regional publishing and shares the sage advice of businessmen.

Today marks the end of #UPWeek

Today concludes the University Press Blog Tour, presented by the Association of American University Presses (AAUP). This blog tour has celebrated the blogging culture of university presses (UP) and has included so many memorable stories. 

Although this is the last day of the tour, we invite you to learn about our press and other AAUP member presses. We can be found all over the globe! 


If you’re looking for good reads, you’re sure to find them at a university press near you! To assist you in your soon-to-come reading extravaganza, here’s a list of the AAUP members. Find something you like? Let us know! Because … there’s nothing like reading a book from a university press.

Follow Friday: University Press Blog Tour continues

This week, Georgetown University Press along with more than 25 university presses is participating in a blog tour in celebration of University Press Week, presented by the Association of American University Presses (AAUP).  


Source: “We Love Blog” by Taro Yamamoto via Flickr 

If you’ve been following our blog this week, you’ve probably realized that our University Press Week blog tour is under way. We’ve followed our fellow university presses (UPs) blog about collaborative efforts on Monday, share press pictures on Tuesday, discuss popular culture on Wednesday, and revisit the past with Throwback Thursday on yesterday. Today, we’re nearing the close of the blog tour with our “Follow Friday” theme.

Here’s what you’ll see from our fellow UPs: 

  • University of Illinois Press: A discussion about emerging topics and authors in their Geopolitics of Information series.
  •  University of Minnesota PressWays to use social media to enhance scholarly connections and have conversations.
  • University of Nebraska PressA conversation on how marketing should look at the potential of social media for scholarly publishing. 
  • NYU PressA look at an upcoming website for their book entitled “Keywords for American Culture Studies” (Second Edition). 
  • Island PressA look at what their editors are paying attention to and why those scholars/fields are important.
  • Columbia University Press: A discussion on how university press blogs generate publicity for individual titles, but also should provide a much-needed environment for general reading.

And last, but not least, we encourage you to enter for a chance to win today’s free book giveaway. Learn which book you’ll be entered to win and subscribe to the University Press Week Round-Up!

It’s been real! #UPWeek

University Press Week Blog Tour Roundup: Popular Culture
  • Georgetown University Press (that’s us!) want you to better understand those spy thrillers occupying your DVR (Sleepy Hollow, Homeland, Covert Affairs, The Americans, etc).
  • Princeton University Press on their book Alan Turing: The Enigma and the new, highly-acclaimed movie tie-in starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
  • University Press of Kentucky let’s us in on the secret of how communists brought us the “Cran-stache.”
  • University Press of Mississippi highlights their book, Walt Before Mickey. Now a major motion picture opening Thanksgiving weekend.
  • University Press of Wisconsin‘s blog is Ripped from the Headlines! Featuring timely, newsbreaking titles.
  • University of Pennsylvania Press features some of their books that appeal to a general audience. But they’re also trying to find ways to speed up the publishing process and release books that address topical issues as they are happening. University Presses aren’t simply places where dry tomes on minutiae get into print; they are places where all the world’s knowledge finds a voice.

Ideas Unbound: Projects that exemplify innovation in scholarly publishing. For University Press Week, the AAUP put together submissions from member presses of one title from their press that they believed showed scholarly innovation. This beautiful gallery is very impressive, and we recommend that you check it out! (You’ll spot our entry: The Georgetown Dictionary of Iraqi Arabic).

UPWeek Blog Tour Monday Roundup

Check out today’s stops on the University Press Week Blog Tour! Today’s theme is “Meet the Press” and features blogs by the following presses:

McGill-Queen’s University Press profiles Jonathan Crago and Kyla Madden, key members of the editorial department, who discuss their experiences in scholarly publishing and their vision for MQUP.

Penn State University Press features a Q&A with its manuscript editor John Morris.

University of Illinois Press editor-in-chief Laurie Matheson talks about her journey through the field and the changes that she has seen during her career, including shifts in the library market.

University of Hawai‘i Press features the peripatetic academic publishing career of its soon-to-retire journals manager Joel Bradshaw.

University of Missouri Press spotlights its new director David Rosenbaum, who discusses his plans for the UMP’s future and his transition back to a university press.

University Press of Colorado profiles its managing editor Laura Furney, who has been at the press for 20 years and is playing an integral role in two recent developments at UPC.

University Press of Florida features its acquisitions editor Sian Hunter, who is working to develop and grow innovative new subject areas.