Penn State University Press

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Penn State University Press
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationUniversity Park, Pennsylvania
DistributionSelf-distributed (US and most of world)
University of Toronto Press (Canada)
NBN International (Europe)
MHM (Japan)
Footprint Books (Australia)[1]
Publication typesBooks, Academic journals
ImprintsEisenbrauns, Graphic Mundi

The Penn State University Press, also known as The Pennsylvania State University Press, is a non-profit publisher of scholarly books and journals. Established in 1956, it is the independent publishing branch of the Pennsylvania State University and is a division of the Penn State University Library system.

Penn State University Press publishes books and journals of interest to scholars and general audiences. As a part of a land-grant university with a mandate to serve the citizens of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it also specializes in works about Penn State University, Pennsylvania, and the mid-Atlantic region. The areas of scholarship the Press is best known for are art history, medieval studies, Latin American studies, rhetoric and communication, religious studies, and graphic medicine.[2][3]

The press produces about 80 books a year and over 60 journals. The Press employs 25 to 30 people, and has several internship programs for Penn State students interested in a publishing career.


The first book published by Penn State University Press was Penn State Yankee: The Autobiography of Fred Lewis Pattee, the autobiography of a noted Penn State faculty member who was the first professor of American literature in the United States.[4]

In 2016 the Press launched PSU Press Unlocked, an open-access platform featuring over 70 books and journals. The Press acquired academic publisher Eisenbrauns, which specializes in ancient Near East and biblical studies, in November 2017.[5] Eisenbrauns continues to publish as an imprint of the Press. In 2021, the Press launched the Graphic Mundi graphic novel imprint.[6]

Notable titles[edit]

  • The Hidden Life of Life: A Walk through the Reaches of Time by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
  • The Noisy Renaissance: Sound, Architecture, and Florentine Urban Life by Niall Atkinson
  • Graphic Medicine Manifesto by MK Czerwiec, Ian Williams, Susan Merrill Squier, Michael J. Green, Kimberly R. Myers, and Scott T. Smith
  • Henry James and American Painting by Colm Tóibín, Marc Simpson and Declan Kiely
  • Medieval Studies and the Ghost Stories of M. R. James by Patrick Murphy
  • Field Guide to Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic by Bill Russell
  • Ernest Hemingway: A New Life by James M. Hutchisson
  • The English translation of The Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti by Robert Thurman
  • The Novels of the Harlem Renaissance:Twelve Black Writers,1923-1933 by Amritjit Singh


  • ab-Original: Journal of Indigenous Studies and First Nations and First Peoples' Cultures
  • AMP: American Music Perspectives
  • The Arthur Miller Journal
  • Bishop–Lowell Studies
  • Bulletin for Biblical Research
  • Bustan: The Middle East Book Review
  • Calíope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry
  • The Chaucer Review: A Journal of Medieval Studies and Literary Criticism
  • Comedia Performance: Journal of the Association for Hispanic Classical Theater
  • Comparative Literature Studies
  • The Cormac McCarthy Journal
  • Critical Philosophy of Race
  • Dickens Studies Annual: Essays on Victorian Fiction
  • Ecumenica: Performance and Religion
  • The Edgar Allan Poe Review
  • Edith Wharton Review
  • The Eugene O'Neill Review
  • The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review
  • George Eliot–George Henry Lewes Studies
  • Gestalt Review
  • The Good Society: A Journal of Civic Studies
  • The Harold Pinter Review: Essays on Contemporary Drama
  • Hiperboreea
  • Hungarian Studies Review
  • Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory
  • International Journal of Persian Literature
  • Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters
  • Journal of African Development
  • Journal of Africana Religions
  • Journal of Asia-Pacific Pop Culture
  • The Journal of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness
  • Journal of Austrian-American History
  • The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies
  • Journal of Comparative Philology
  • Journal of Development Perspectives
  • Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies
  • Journal of General Education: A Curricular Commons of the Humanities and Sciences
  • Journal of Information Policy
  • The Journal of Jewish Ethics
  • Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures
  • Journal of Minority Achievement, Creativity, and Leadership
  • Journal of Modern Periodical Studies
  • Journal of Moravian History
  • Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research
  • The Journal of Nietzsche Studies
  • Journal of Posthuman Studies: Philosophy, Technology, Media
  • Journal of Speculative Philosophy
  • Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science
  • Journal of Theological Interpretation
  • The Journal of World Christianity
  • The Korean Language in America
  • The Langston Hughes Review
  • Libraries: Culture, History, and Society
  • The Mark Twain Annual
  • Mediterranean Studies
  • Milton Studies
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne Review
  • Nineteenth Century Studies
  • Pacific Coast Philology
  • Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies
  • Philosophia Africana: Analysis of Philosophy and Issues in Africa and the Black Diaspora
  • Philosophy & Rhetoric
  • Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural
  • Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History
  • Resources for American Literary Study
  • SHAW: The Journal of Bernard Shaw Studies
  • Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal
  • Steinbeck Review
  • Studies in American Humor
  • Studies in American Jewish Literature
  • Studies in the American Short Story
  • Style
  • Theatre and Performance Notes and Counternotes
  • Thornton Wilder Journal
  • Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy
  • Transportation Journal
  • Utopian Studies
  • Victorians Institute Journal
  • Wesley and Methodist Studies
  • William Carlos Williams Review

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ordering from PSU Press". Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  2. ^ Eckstein, Joe (Mar 22, 2021). "How Penn State University Press tackled the coronavirus pandemic through comics". Daily Collegian.
  3. ^ Alverson, Brigid (Oct 7, 2020). "PSU Press Launches Graphic Mundi Imprint". Publishers Weekly. The new imprint will build on the press's Graphic Medicine series...
  4. ^ "Pattee, Fred Lewis". Penn State Libraries. Pennsylvania State University. Archived from the original on 26 July 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  5. ^ Jaschik, Scott (October 17, 2017). "Penn State Press Acquires Eisenbrauns". Inside Higher Ed.
  6. ^ "Penn State University Press announces Graphic Mundi imprint | Penn State University".

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