Academic Studies Press

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Academic Studies Press
Academic Studies Press logo.png
FounderIgor Nemirovsky
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationBoston, Massachusetts
DistributionIngram Publisher Services (North America)
Eurospan (EMEA, Asia)
Publication typesBooks, academic journals
Nonfiction topicsJewish studies, Slavic studies, History, Religious studies, Russian studies
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Academic Studies Press (ASP) is an independent scholarly publisher of books and journals, based in Boston, Massachusetts.[1]

Founded in 2007, ASP emphasizes Jewish studies and Slavic studies, but also publishes titles in religious studies, comparative literature, and history more broadly. Authors include Jacob Neusner, Fania Oz-Salzberger, Ellendea Proffer Teasley, Maxim D. Shrayer, Mark Lipovetsky, David Berger, Menachem Kellner, Viktor Zhivov, Jerold Auerbach, and Geoffrey Alderman,[2][3][4][5] while works in translation include those of Maimonides, Ahad Ha'am, Mordecai Kaplan, Eliezer Schweid, and Yury Tynyanov.[6][7] Its titles have won awards from the Jewish Book Council,[8][9][10] the Modern Language Association,[11] AATSEEL,[12] and the Koffler Centre of the Arts,[13] and have also appeared on reading lists published by Mosaic[14] and The Washington Post.[15]

In 2017, ASP was the recipient of funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to aid in the "creation of freely accessible e-books for 42 seminal titles in Russian literary and cultural history."[16] In the same year, ASP collaborated jointly with the NEH and the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University to publish Words for War, an anthology of contemporary Ukrainian poetry, featuring poems and commentary from figures such as Serhiy Zhadan and Ilya Kaminsky.[17]

In 2018, ASP published the "first authorized English-language translation" of Akram Aylisli's controversial novella Stone Dreams.[18][19]

In addition to its books list, the press publishes three peer-reviewed academic journals, including Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture, edited by Joseph Carroll,[20] as well as the Journal of Contemporary Antisemitism,[21] edited since 2018 by Lesley Klaff. Citing her appointment as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Contemporary Antisemitism,[22] the Algemeiner Journal named Klaff among their list of the "top 100 people positively influencing Jewish life" in 2018.[23] In 2020, ASP will begin publication of a fourth peer-reviewed journal, Latin American Jewish Studies, on behalf of the Latin American Jewish Studies Association.[24]

Since 2012, ASP has also served as the distributor and printer for books published by Touro College Press.[25][26] In 2019, ASP entered into an e-book distribution partnership with the German academic publisher Walter de Gruyter.[27][28]


  1. ^ "Academic Studies Press". Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  2. ^ "Browse Catalog". Archived from the original on April 28, 2018. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  3. ^ "Detailed Record for Academic Studies Press". University of Pennsylvania Library. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  4. ^ "Joseph Brodsky, Russia and artists under oppression subject of two book events". The Plain Dealer. September 29, 2017. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  5. ^ "A son of refuseniks chronicles the slow dissolve of Russia's Jews". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. January 16, 2018. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  6. ^ "Yuri Tynianov's "Film – Word – Music"". Los Angeles Review of Books. August 11, 2018.
  7. ^ "Classics in Judaica". Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "2012 National Jewish Book Award Winners". Archived from the original on July 3, 2018. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  9. ^ "2014 National Jewish Book Award Winners". Archived from the original on March 16, 2018. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  10. ^ Cohen, Anne (January 14, 2015). "National Jewish Book Award Winners Are Here". The Forward. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  11. ^ "Fenia and Yaakov Leviant Memorial Prize in Yiddish Studies Winners". Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  12. ^ "Book Prize Winners for 2017". Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  13. ^ "2012 Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards". Archived from the original on April 28, 2018. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  14. ^ Kramer, Martin (December 19, 2019). "The Best Books of 2019, Chosen by Mosaic Authors (Part II)". Mosaic. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  15. ^ Dirda, Michael (May 15, 2018). "What to Read Next? A Summer Book List Like No Other". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  16. ^ "National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Announce Grants to Make Books Available to Public Audiences". National Endowment for the Humanities. April 5, 2017. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  17. ^ Kapitsa, Bohdana (February 26, 2018). "Anthology of contemporary Ukrainian poetry published in US". День (The Day). Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  18. ^ Kucera, Joshua (November 20, 2018). "With English translation, controversial Azerbaijani novel to reach global audience". eurasianet. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  19. ^ Amos, Howard (November 22, 2018). "Akram Aylisli: how one Azerbaijani writer dealt with a book burning campaign against him". The Calvert Journal.
  20. ^ Carroll, Joseph (2017). "Why We Need a Journal with the Title Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture". Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture. 1 (1): vii–xi. doi:10.26613/esic.1.1.1. JSTOR 10.26613/esic.1.1.1.
  21. ^ "Academic Studies Press Launches 'Journal of Contemporary Antisemitism' (JCA) Edited by Clemens Heni". Defending History. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  22. ^ "The Algemeiner Jewish 100: The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2018". Algemeiner Journal. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  23. ^ Algemeiner Staff (September 14, 2018). "Algemeiner Reveals 5th Annual 'J100' List at Star-Studded Gala Featuring Sharon Stone and Nir Barkat". Algemeiner Journal. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  24. ^ "Latin American Jewish Studies". Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  25. ^ "TC Press Information". Archived from the original on April 28, 2018. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  26. ^ "Touro College Press". Archived from the original on April 28, 2018. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  27. ^ "De Gruyter und Academic Studies Press kooperieren". Buch Markt. August 23, 2019. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  28. ^ "De Gruyter and Academic Studies Press enter partnership". August 23, 2019. Retrieved November 12, 2019.

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