University Press of Kansas

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University Press of Kansas
Parent companyKansas Board of Regents
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationLawrence, Kansas
Distributionself-distributed (United States)
Eurospan Group (EMEA)
East-West Export Books (Asia, the Pacific)
Scholarly Book Services (Canada)[1]
Publication typesBooks

The University Press of Kansas is a publisher located in Lawrence, Kansas. Operated by the University of Kansas, it represents the six state universities in the US state of Kansas: Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University (K-State), Pittsburg State University, the University of Kansas (KU), and Wichita State University.[a]


The press was established in 1946,[3] with major reorganizations in 1967 and 1976. Today, it operates as a consortium with representation from each of the participating universities. The press, which is currently located on the west portion of the KU campus,[4] publishes work on American politics (including the presidency, American political thought, and public policy), military history, American history (especially political, cultural, intellectual, and western), environmental policy, American studies, film studies, law and legal history, Indigenous studies, and books about Kansas and the Midwest.[5]

In 2021, leadership of the press was incorporated into the responsibilities of the dean of the University of Kansas Libraries, a position then held by Kevin Smith.[6][7] In 2022, Mike Haddock, the associate dean for research, education and engagement at K-State Libraries, was appointed interim director of the press following Smith's departure from KU Libraries.[8]

Kansas Open Books initiative[edit]

The University Press of Kansas's "Kansas Open Books" initiative is project aimed at scanning out-of-print UPK books and offer them for free download. The project is funded by the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.[9]


  1. ^ Washburn University, a public university located in Topeka, is funded by county sales tax and has its own board of regents.[2] It is thus not counted among the state universities.


  1. ^ "International Sales Reps". University Press of Kansas. University of Kansas. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  2. ^ "The History of Washburn University". Washburn University. Archived from the original on March 29, 2009.
  3. ^ American Historical Association (February 17, 2021). "AHA Expresses Alarm at University Press of Kansas Financial Cuts". States News Service. Retrieved February 6, 2023 – via Gale Academic OneFile.
  4. ^ "About". University Press of Kansas. University of Kansas. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  5. ^ "Subjects". University Press of Kansas. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  6. ^ "Kevin Smith, Dean, KU Libraries, to Direct University Press of Kansas". National Information Standards Organization. March 2021. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  7. ^ Day, David (July 19, 2022). "KU announces interim leadership and upcoming search for dean of KU Libraries". University of Kansas. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  8. ^ "K-State library leader to serve as interim faculty director of University Press of Kansas". Lawrence Journal-World. July 29, 2022. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  9. ^ "Kansas Open Books Initiative". University Press of Kansas. Retrieved February 6, 2023.

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