About the Director

alison mudditt

Message from the Director

I have the privilege of leading an organization that not only publishes high caliber scholarship, but also has a public service mission of advancing knowledge for the benefit of society.

After more than 20 years in the industry, I remain passionate about nurturing the best work from the best scholars and disseminating their ideas for global impact. There are sadly fewer and fewer organizations left where these values have the opportunity to thrive in the way they do at UC Press.

Scholarly publishing faces an interesting and complex set of challenges. Many of these are driven by rapid, revolutionary changes in the ways in which information is disseminated and consumed. My long-term goal is to build on the current success of UC Press to create an organization that is growing, thriving, and dynamic with a continuing reputation for excellence in all that it publishes. To that, I'd like to add a reputation for innovation and excellence in new forms of publishing.

I hope you will enjoy browsing our array of exceptional publications. Please join me in taking pride in the accomplishments of our authors, the dedication of our staff, and the generosity of our friends.

alison mudditt


Alison Mudditt became Director of University of California Press in January 2011. Previously she was Executive Vice President at SAGE Publications, Inc., where she led the Higher Education Group's publishing programs. A key focus of her role was developing strategies to respond to the dynamic global shifts in scholarly publishing and education.

Alison has over twenty years experience in academic publishing which began at Blackwell in Oxford, UK. After three years in marketing, she moved into acquisitions and later became Publisher for the Humanities Division. In 1997, Alison moved to Taylor & Francis Inc in Philadelphia as Publishing Director of the Behavioral Sciences Division. She was responsible for the global growth and consolidation of this division, as well as the successful launch of Psychology Press in the USA. Alison joined SAGE in 2001 as Vice President and Editorial Director, and was appointed Executive Vice President in 2004.

Alison has served on the boards of Women in Publishing and the Society of Young Publishers and as a member of the Executive Council of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the American Association of Publishers.