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About UC Press

University of California Press is one of the most forward-thinking scholarly publishers, committed to influencing public discourse and challenging the status quo. At a time of dramatic change for scholarship and publishing, we collaborate with faculty, librarians, authors, and students to stay ahead of today's knowledge demands and shape the future of publishing.

UC Press Mission


UC Press strives to drive progressive change by seeking out and cultivating the brightest minds and giving them voice, reach, and impact. We believe that scholarship is a powerful tool for fostering a deeper understanding of our world and changing how people think, plan, and govern. The work of addressing society’s core challenges—whether they be persistent inequality, a failing education system, or global climate change—can be accelerated when scholarship assumes its role as an agent of engagement and democracy.

UC Press Vision


In a rapidly changing world, we commit to the progressive mission and values of the University of California and to the publishing leadership expected of the world’s leading public research university.

Who We Are

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Established in 1893 as a modest publisher of monographs by University of California faculty, UC Press emerged as a world-class university press in the early 1950s. Today we are one of the six largest university publishers in the United States, and the only one associated with a public institution. As the nonprofit publishing arm of the University of California system, UC Press functions as a unit of the Office of the President and is not associated with any one campus. In disseminating scholarship of enduring value to diverse audiences, we support the UC mandates for research, teaching, and public service.

Book Publishing
UC Press publishes bold, forward-thinking titles in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, all of which undergo a vigorous peer review process.

Journal Publishing
With a global circulation, UC Press journals span the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, with key subject areas that include history, the environment, public health, literature & criticism, film & media, music, religion, and sociology.

UC Press Foundation
As a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the UC Press Foundation raises funds to support UC Press and its vital role as an independent, progressive publisher. Donations from individuals and institutions enable UC Press to publish nearly 200 new books and over four dozen multi-issue journals annually, maintain thousands of backlist titles in print, and offer the finest scholarship in digital formats.

Board of Directors

Michael Brown
  • Provost & Executive VP,
    Academic Affairs
  • University of California
    Office of the President
Susan Carlson
  • Vice Provost for
    Academic Personnel
  • University of California
    Office of the President
Patrick Anderson
  • Department of Communication
  • University of California
    San Diego
Ted Huang
  • Director of Financial Planning & Analysis
  • University of California
    Office of the President
Wayne Kennedy
  • Sr. Vice President Emeritus
  • University of California
Michael B. Morgan
  • Morgan and Claypool Publishers
Todd Presner
  • Department of Germanic Languages
  • University of California
    Los Angeles
Marjorie Randolph
  • UC Press Foundation
    Finances Committee Chair
MacKenzie Smith
  • Shields Library,
    University of California, Davis
Günter Waibel
  • California Digital Library,
    University of California