Free Access to All UC Press Journals in April 2018

This year, we’ve been celebrating the quasquicentennial anniversary of University of California Press in 2018, marking 125 years of scholarly publishing since its founding in 1893. Throughout this time, UC Press has remained one of the most forward-thinking publishers in the world, collaborating with scholars, librarians, and authors, to publish high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship.

As part of our celebrations, we are pleased to offer free access to all UC Press journals during the month of April 2018.

Click here to browse journals of interest to you across the humanities and social sciences, and join us in celebrating 125 years of scholarly publishing! #UCP125

UC Press at 125 Years: This Is a Printing Office

Hanging in the UC Press offices in Oakland, CA is a broadside that was designed by Bay Area architect, designer, and artist Ernest Born and printed to celebrate the acquisition, renovation, and dedication of the headquarters building—then in Berkeley—for the Press in the year of our ninetieth anniversary (UC Press was located at 2120 Berkeley Way for 30 years). This is the first of five hundred signed and numbered letterpress copies, which include a transcription from Beatrice Warde and note from Albert Sperisen. Noted for a lifetime of service and work on behalf of typography, Warde is perhaps most remembered for the text of her inspired inscription below published in 1932.

The framed broadside hangs in the UC Press offices in Oakland, CA. Click to enlarge.

This is a printing office
Cross-roads of civilization
Refuge of all arts
Against the ravages of time
Armoury of fearless truth
Against whispering rumour
Incessant trumpet of trade
From this place words may fly abroad
Not to perish as waves of sound
But fixed in time
Not corrupted by the hurrying hand
But verified in proof
Friend, you stand on sacred ground
This is a printing office

UCP 1893

THIS inscription was written by Beatrice Warde. Born Beatrice Becker in New York City, 20 September 1900, she was the only child of two famous parents: May Lamberton Becker, for forty years a noted columnist of the New York Herald, and Gustav Becker, a gifted pianist, professional musician, and composer.

At Barnard College Beatrice developed the consuming interest in calligraphy and formation of the printed letter that shaped her life and career. Her search for advanced knowledge in these areas soon carried her to a promising source in a seemingly unlikely location: the American Type Founders Company in New Jersey.

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UC Press at 125 Years: Q&A with Executive Director Tim Sullivan

You have an extensive background in publishing and the industry, as an Editor, an Author, an Editorial Director, and now an Executive Director. What are you excited to bring to UC Press as you shepherd the organization through its next phase?

Job one is to fulfill the mission of the press, broadly conceived. Our formal mission is “To drive progressive change by seeking out and cultivating the brightest minds and giving them voice, reach, and impact,” but I prefer to think that our job is to make as big a progressive shaped dent in the world as we can given the tools at our disposal. Everything else flows from that – who we publish, what we publish, and how we publish. I think being “progressive” can encompass everything from the fact that we’re still actively publishing humanities monographs to our open access programs to the way our criminal justice and sociology programs are constructed. I’m tremendously excited to be a part of taking that vision forward.

Second is a focus on publishing fundamentals: the basic detail-oriented blocking and tackling that is necessary to get great ideas into the world, whatever form they take. UC Press has great fundamentals, but creating the space where we can take a breath and think and talk about our books more is part of my job.

Third is the chance to experiment. We’re clearly in a time of great changes in communication in general and scholarly communication in particular. We don’t know where it’s going to go, but we are charged with figuring out how to observe weak signals, test new models, and learn how to proceed through careful and rigorous experimentation. Exploring and developing new models – open access and others – must go hand in hand with the basics of great publishing.

At this point in time, what qualities do you see that differentiates UC Press from other university presses/publishers in general?

Well, we can go back to the mission. There are few scholarly publishers that embrace a mission like ours so explicitly – that’s important for its moral and ethical weight, I think, but for its strategic possibilities. Differentiation is the path to long-term success. Being best in class by doing the same thing as everyone else is tough to pull off; logically, it’s impossible for everyone to be best-in-class. But doing something that’s meaningfully different, that plays to our strengths, and respects our authors and readers – those seems necessary to me. As part of that differentiation I would include our location: within the largest public university system in the world, and in California. Those both set us apart from the rest of the field.

What do you see on the horizon for UC Press?

Great publishing in its many manifestations – at least as I’ve laid it out above.

What do you think UC Press will look like in 125 years from now?

I have no idea. I don’t think that University of California President Martin Kellogg, who endowed the press in 1893, could have imagined the changes that the publishing industry and the press have undergone in the last 125 years. I hope that he would be impressed by the quality of what we do and how we’ve responded to the changes we’ve witnessed and participated in. The press already looks radically different than it did 25 years ago.

Yet the folio form of the book has survived for hundreds of years. Given the fact that it’s a great container for knowledge and argumentation  – I’m tempted to say a perfect one – I kind of think it will still be going strong. But given the changes that digital communication has wrought broadly on media business models and scholarly research, I’m sure we’ll have lots of new ways of connecting our authors with their readers. What those will look like, I’m not sure. It is incumbent on us to figure it out.

What I feel completely sure about is that the press will still be full of dedicated staff who want to make a difference in the world.

What are your favorite UC Press books?

That’s like asking me to choose among my children.

What would your dream job be if you didn’t work in publishing?

John Lane founded The Bodley Head, a UK publishing house, in the 1880s. (He was the uncle of Allen Lane, one of the founders of Penguin.) He named the firm after a bust of Sir Thomas Bodley, the founder of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, that appeared above the door to the shop. In the introduction to one of Bodley’s book that he was reprinting, he wrote, “I have always been in doubt whether the writing of a great book or the capacity to  appreciate it were the finest thing in the world; but I am convinced that next in importance after the writing and the appreciating is the publishing of it.” I second the notion, and I have no idea what would come in fourth.

University of California Press and Institute for Studies on Latin American Art to Partner on Latin American Art Book Series

University of California Press is pleased to announce a new book series, Studies on Latin American Art, developed though a major gift from the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA).

Through insightful texts and images, books in the series—the first of its kind to be published by an academic press—will explore the history, importance, and global and regional influence of Latin American art in the 20th and 21st centuries. International and cosmopolitan in scope, the series seeks to address the production, exhibition, and dissemination of art in and between countries and continents, present and analyze innovative research concerning intellectual content-making in Central and South America, and broaden the public for exciting new scholarship on the area. Titles in English, as well as translations of exceptional studies by Central and South American scholars, will be featured. Topics include art history, exhibition history, investigations of the relation between the art and social context of specific nations, comparative analyses of different cultural traditions and milieus, in-depth monographic examinations of important artists or artistic collectives, and interdisciplinary works that bridge the fields of art history, media studies, architecture, literature, film, anthropology, and cultural criticism.

“We are looking forward to continuing our longtime celebration of Latin American art in all its diversity and impact through this new book series,” says UC Press Executive Director Tim Sullivan. “We are particularly delighted to be joining forces with the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art, and are extremely grateful for its generous contribution that will help to make this major publishing initiative possible.”

ISLAA President and Founder Ariel Aisiks is similarly enthusiastic about the book series: “For many years, ISLAA has championed the investigation and promotion of cutting-edge scholarship on Latin American art. I am certain that this exciting partnership with UC Press will further ISLAA’s mission, and increase awareness and appreciation of groundbreaking Latin American art among readers far and wide.”

UC Press art history editor Nadine Little will lead the project and work closely with chief series editor Alexander Alberro, Virginia Bloedel Wright Professor of Art History and Department Chair at Barnard College and the author of numerous books including Abstraction in Reverse: The Reconfigured Spectator in Mid-Twentieth Century Latin American Art (University of Chicago Press). As Alberro states, “Thanks to the enlightened support of the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) and the initiative and foresight of the University of California Press, the new book series is positioned to make an enormous scholarly contribution to the study of Latin American art.”

The first title in the Studies on Latin American Art series is anticipated to publish in Spring 2019.

About the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art
The Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) is an initiative of the Geo Global Foundation devoted to the support of advanced research in the field of Latin American art studies. ISLAA plays an international role in fostering and promoting Latin American art research through distinguished grants, partnerships, and support of lectures, conferences, and publications. ISLAA is dedicated to advancing and nurturing Latin American art research and developing international networks for the exchange of ideas and resources. ISLAA concentrates on long-term capacity building strategies and programs that support future generations of scholars, art historians, and museum professionals.

Happy Quasquicentennial to Us!

February 16th, 2018 marks the quasquicentennial of University of California Press, celebrating 125 years of scholarly publishing since its founding on this day in 1893. Throughout this time, UC Press remained one of the most forward-thinking publishers in the world, collaborating with scholars, librarians, and authors, to publish high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship.

With $1000 appropriated by the University of California’s Board of Regents, UC Press was established “to publish papers prepared by members of the Faculty,” 25 years after University of California was founded in 1868. The first UC Press publication was Outlines of the Temporal and Modal Principles of Attic Prose, a pamphlet by Greek Isaac Flagg, which went on sale at the student store in Berkeley in 1893.

From its inception, UC Press disseminated scholarship that has undergone rigorous peer review, and championed work that influences public discourse and challenges the status quo in multiple fields of study. Today, UC Press continues to serve as the nonprofit publisher of the University of California system, publishing 200 books and 30 multi-issue journals each year, and maintaining 4,000 book titles in print. Its mission to drive progressive change by seeking out and cultivating the brightest minds and giving them voice, reach, and impact is evident by its award-winning editorial program. A selection of awards UC Press titles has received in recent years includes: American Book Award, CHOICE Award, Municipal Art Society of New York Brendan Gill Prize, American Musicological Society Award, Daedelus Foundation Award, Smithsonian Eldredge Prize, National Jewish Book Award, ASCAP Foundation Virgil Thompson Award, and PROSE Award.

UC Press has also been recognized as an innovative, global leader in digital publishing, critical to its goal of making its content widely accessible. Its Open Access products, which include Collabra: Psychology, Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, and Luminos, benefit from the same high standards for selection, peer review, and production as its traditional publishing programs.

Editorial Director Kim Robinson states, “Books make a difference, and I’m enormously proud to be associated with the long publishing history of University of California Press and its progressive publishing mission. Our authors consistently provide vital context and background to the most pressing issues facing us today, and we strive every day to ensure that their critical voices are heard.”

UC Press currently publishes in American studies, anthropology, ancient world/classical studies, art history, Asian studies, California and the West, communications, criminology, economics, environmental studies, film & media studies, food, geography, history, Latin American studies, Middle Eastern studies, music, psychology, public health, religion, and sociology.

Notable UC Press publications from decades past include:

To celebrate this milestone, UC Press will launch Voices Revived, a new cross-disciplinary series that brings field-defining, out-of-print books back into print.

#UCP125 Staff Party

Tomorrow marks the 125th anniversary of UC Press. Last week staff celebrated our quasquicentennial (say that three times fast for a real tongue twister!) with food and drink, and song and verse. Scroll on for a sampling of the festivities.

EDP (Editing, Design & Production) showing their style
The Acquisitions Team in the House
Clearly they should have won the “Separated at Birth” prize…
Take our word on it, I.T. is fun
Editorial Assistants Unite!
Interdepartmental collaboration
Fun and games means prizes…including theme-appropriate miniature piñatas
That’s us, smart & sassy

Our Mad Libs-esque fill-in-the-blank game brought good laughs both during and after the party…

We leave you with an original UC Press composition, ‘Seasons of Books’. Go ahead, feel free to join in.


On the occasion of our 125th anniversary, we reflect not only on the Press’s milestones and illustrious publishing history but also look ahead to see the work to be done, true to our mission. Throughout the year, join us in celebrating this landmark occasion—one that bolsters our commitment to driving progressive change by seeking out and cultivating the brightest minds. Follow along on social media: #UCP125

On the Occasion of Our Quasquicentennial — #UCP125

February 16th will mark the quasquicentennial of University of California Press, celebrating 125 years of scholarly publishing since our founding in 1893.

From the start, UC Press has disseminated scholarship which has undergone a rigorous vetting process by committee, championing work that influences public discourse and challenges the status quo in multiple fields of study. Today, we publish approximately 200 books and 30 multi-issue journals each year that address society’s core challenges.

The following is a letter from J. Harmon Bonté, secretary of the Board of Regents, to Martin Kellogg, president of the University of California from 1890 to 1893, establishing the publishing program with a modest annual budget of $1000.

The framed letter hangs in the UC Press offices in Oakland, CA. Click to enlarge.

University of California,
Alameda County,

Berkeley, Feb. 16,1893

President Martin Kellogg,

Dear Sir:

The following is a copy from the report of the Committee on Internal Administration submitted at the meeting of the Board of Regents held the 14th instant:

Your Committee, believing that it is often desirable to publish papers prepared by members of the Faculty, begs leave to submit the following recommendations:

The sum of $1000 shall be appropriated in the annual Budget for the printing of monographs, etc. prepared by members of the Faculty of the University.

There shall be a Committee of five members of the Faculty to be appointed by the President who shall himself be a member and ex-officio chairman of such committee, whose duty it shall be to pass upon all papers submitted for publication, and to determine all questions arising with reference to the same.

“As the money provided in the foregoing plan will not be available until after July 1, 1893, any member of the Faculty having, in the meantime, a paper which he thinks worth of immediate publication may submit it to the Committee which shall be appointed at once, and the Committee shall make such recommendation to the Board to meet the expense of publication as it may deem proper.



J. Harmon Bonté

On the occasion of our 125th anniversary, we reflect not only on the Press’s milestones and illustrious publishing history but also look ahead to see the work to be done, true to our mission. Throughout the year, join us in celebrating this landmark occasion—one that bolsters our commitment to driving progressive change by seeking out and cultivating the brightest minds. Follow along on social media: #UCP125

Tim Sullivan appointed Executive Director of UC Press

University of California’s Office of the President is excited to announce that Mr. Tim Sullivan will serve as the next Executive Director of the University of California Press. Sullivan was selected through an international search and an interview process that included senior UC Press employees, the UC Press Board of Directors, the Academic Senate UC Editorial Committee, and the Trustees of the UC Press Foundation.

UC Press plays a major role in the University of California’s preeminence as a public research university across its ten campuses, known nationally and internationally for progressive, groundbreaking publications. Tim Sullivan brings to UC Press extensive knowledge in and experience with publishing in general, and university press publishing in particular. His leadership and editorial experience will be important to a Press respected for its 125-year history of top-line, prize-winning publishing and innovative publishing platforms.

Susan Carlson, UCOP Vice Provost for Academic Personal and Programs states: “Tim’s ability to work with current and prospective authors to advance the global recognition of their works is especially anticipated and welcomed.”

Tim Sullivan has been the Editorial Director of Harvard Business Review (HBR) Press since October 2011, after having served as Executive Editor for the press from September 2010 to October 2011. He also served as a senior editor for HBR magazine and as a member of the senior management team for the HBR Group. Over the last six years he has worked with his team to transform the Press, re-focusing its publishing program, expanding the reach of its authors’ ideas, and improving its financial results.

Sullivan said, “I couldn’t be more excited to help lead as singular a publisher as the University of California Press. I deeply respect its history and mission, and look forward to creating its future with its exceptional staff.”

His career has woven through university press publishing (Princeton), trade (Penguin and Basic Books), and professional/educational (HBR), with increasing editorial and management responsibility in each role. Additionally, Sullivan has co-authored two widely and positively reviewed books, The Org: Understanding the Underlying Logic of Your Office (Twelve, 2013; paperback, Princeton University Press, 2015), and The Inner Lives of Markets: How People Shape Them – and How They Shape Us (Public Affairs, 2016).

Sullivan graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in History with music minor, followed by an MA in History. He completed graduate coursework towards a PhD in World History from the University of Hawaii.

Sullivan will join the UC Press offices in Oakland, CA in February 2018.

Coming in 2019: Journal of Medieval Worlds

University of California Press is pleased to introduce Journal of Medieval Worlds (JMW), a new quarterly online journal launching in 2019. 

Edited by Edward D. English, University of California, Santa Barbara, Journal of Medieval Worlds will serve as a forum for multidisciplinary scholarship on the world, focusing primarily on 750-1600. The journal’s purpose is to foster innovative research and approaches to pedagogy by publishing peer-reviewed research articles of broad interest that explore interconnections across regions or build meaningful comparisons across cultures.

In an effort to meet the needs of and address the challenges of teaching world history, the journal will also regularly publish reviews of books, textbooks, and relevant exhibitions, as well as essays and features on pedagogy.

Regions addressed in the journal include Japan, China, Central Asia, South Asia, East and West Africa, North Africa, Oceans and Seas, the Americas, Middle East and Levant, and Europe, including Northern and Eastern Europe.

Fields and topics addressed in the journal include, but are not limited to comparative medievalisms, ecology, environment, food and agriculture, the politics of gender, sexuality, health, migration and travel, architecture and urban design, music , and performance, comparative literature, politics, religion, science and technology, and stateless societies.

As the central issues in medieval world history are often best addressed by scholarship that draws on methods and evidence from both the sciences and humanities, multidisciplinary focus is essential to the journal.

Visit the journal at for up-to-date information leading up to the launch.

Editorial Team
Edward D. English, University of California, Santa Barbara

Associate Editors
Sally McKee, University of California, Davis
Carol Lansing, University of California, Santa Barbara
Philip Soergel, University of Maryland

The Editorial Board of the journal can be accessed here.

Information for Authors

Journal of Medieval Worlds is accepting submissions for its inaugural volume. Please review the journal’s Author Guidelines before submitting. Submissions and editorial inquiries should be directed to the Editor, Edward English at


Anthropology News from UC Press

Kate Marshall, our new Anthropology editor!

For more than 50 years, UC Press has been one of the leading publishers in the field of anthropology. We are delighted to share the news that our longtime colleague Kate Marshall is assuming leadership of the program. Kate is preceded by Reed Malcolm, who will now manage our open access initiative Luminos.

Reed Malcolm joined UC Press in 1995 and served as executive editor for anthropology and Asian studies for nearly a decade. While Reed made a significant mark on the anthropology program, he is passionate about open access and eager to expand Luminos, a program created to enhance the global distribution of specialized scholarship by making it freely available to all. Reed will continue to acquire books in Asian studies.

Kate Marshall joined UC Press in 2008 and soon took on our interdisciplinary programs in food studies and Latin American studies. Publishing books by anthropologists has always been a significant part of Kate’s work and she’s excited to devote more attention to the field. Some of her noted publications in anthropology include Jason De León’s The Land of Open GravesHeather Paxson’s The Life of CheeseArlene Dávila’s El Malland Sarah Besky’s The Darjeeling Distinction. Kate will continue to acquire on food and Latin America across disciplines.

Kate or Reed may be contacted through our website. Kate and our marketing colleagues look forward to seeing you at the American Anthropological Association meetings in Washington, DC in a few weeks!