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The University of Wisconsin Press is a not-for-profit publisher of 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 our founding in 1936 and the publication of our first book in 1937, the press has published and distributed more than 3,000 titles. We have nearly 1,500 titles currently in print, including books of general interest (biography, fiction, natural history, poetry, photography, fishing, food, travel, etc.), scholarly books (African studies, 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.

Our book series include the Wisconsin Poetry Series; Critical Human Rights; New Perspectives in Southeast Asian Studies; Wisconsin Studies in Classics; Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiography; Africa and the Diaspora: History, Politics, Culture; The George L. Mosse Series in Modern European Culture, Sexuality, and Ideas; Publications of the Wisconsin Center for Pushkin Studies; and Women in Africa and the Diaspora.

We publish twelve peer-reviewed academic journals in the humanities and social sciences, several of which have been with the press since the inception of the Journals Division in 1965. Our journals include: African Economic History, Arctic Anthropology, Contemporary Literature, Ecological Restoration, Ghana Studies, History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals,The Journal of Human Resources, Land Economics, Landscape Journal, Luso-Brazilian Review, Monatshefte, and Native Plants Journal.

Although we publish many books and journals by University of Wisconsin System faculty, we also publish works from scholars around the United States and the world. We have co-published English-language books with publishers in England, Ireland, Turkey, Italy, and Japan. UW Press books have been translated into dozens of foreign languages. We also distribute and/or publish books for other institutions.

Our mission embodies the Wisconsin Idea by publishing work of distinction that serves the people of Wisconsin and the world.