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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

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

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. Located in a region with unrivalled digital expertise, we see tremendous opportunities to develop and market high-quality content using emerging technologies, not only democratizing access to content but also developing tools and products to help users make more efficient and effective use of our accumulating knowledge.

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.

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
Oren Gabriel
  • Chief of Staff to the CFO
  • University of California
    Office of the President
Wayne Kennedy
  • University of California,
    San Diego
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
Stephen Rhind-Tutt
  • Alexander Street Press
Andrew Scull
  • Department of Sociology,
    University of California,
    San Diego
MacKenzie Smith
  • Shields Library,
    University of California, Davis
Günter Waibel
  • California Digital Library,
    University of California