Located in Madison, Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin Press was founded in 1936. The Press publishes books and journals. We select the books using a careful process of review by Press staff, outside experts, and a board of University of Wisconsin faculty. Each of our journal issues also undergoes a rigorous peer-review process. (We are not a printing firm; we do not do work for hire.)
Since its first book appeared in 1937, the Press has published and distributed more than 3000 titles. We have more than 1400 titles currently in print, including books of general interest (biography, fiction, natural history, poetry, photography, fishing, food, travel, etc.), scholarly books (American studies, anthropology, art, classics, environmental studies, ethnic studies, film, gay & lesbian studies, history, Jewish studies, literary criticism, Slavic studies, etc.), and regional books about Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest. We publish and distribute new books each year in these fields.
Among our book series are the Brittingham Prize in Poetry, the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography, Wisconsin Studies in Classics, Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiography, Studies in Dance History; George L. Mosse Series in Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History; The History of American Thought and Culture; and Publications of the Wisconsin Center for Pushkin Studies. Click here for a more complete list of series.
Just a third of the membership of the Association of American University Presses publish academic journals, and we’re proud to say that this is yet another way in which Wisconsin contributes to the timely dissemination of scholarship—our most basic mission. The Press publishes 11 peer-reviewed academic journals in the humanities, social sciences, and medicine, several of which have been with the Press since the inception of the Journals Division in 1965. Today our journals appear not only as printed words on the page, but online, with selected special journal issues available as ebooks. We publish: American Orthoptic Journal, Arctic Anthropology, Contemporary Literature, Ecological Restoration, The Journal of Human Resources, Land Economics, Landscape Journal, Luso-Brazilian Review,Monatshefte, Native Plants Journal, and SubStance. Click here to visit the UW Press Journals homepage.
The Press is part of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education within the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Although we publish many books and journals produced by faculty from the University of Wisconsin campuses, we also publish books and journals from scholars around the United States and the world. We have authors residing in many different countries, from Australia to Zimbabwe. The Press is one of more than 120 member presses in the Association of American University Presses. We have co-published English-language books with publishers in England, Ireland, Turkey, Italy, and Japan. University of Wisconsin Press books have been translated into dozens of foreign languages.
We also distribute and/or publish books for other institutions.