Founded in 1963, the University of Massachusetts Press is the book-publishing arm of the University of Massachusetts. Its mission is to publish first-rate books, edit them carefully, design them well, and market them vigorously. In so doing, it supports and enhances the University's role as a major research institution.
We think of book publishing as a collaborative venture—a partnership between author and Press staff—and we work hard to see that our authors are happy with every phase of the process.
The Press imprint is overseen by a faculty committee, whose members represent a broad spectrum of University departments. New titles are approved by the committee after a rigorous process of peer review. The committee bases each of its decisions on the recommendations of the Press director and editors and on the written reports of at least two scholars in the field. Series editors also assist in this process (for a list of series, click here).
In recent years, the Press has focused primarily on books in the field of American studies broadly defined—books that explore the history, politics, literature, culture, and environment of the United States—as well as works with a transnational perspective. In addition to publishing works of scholarship, the Press produces books of more general interest for a wider readership.
Since its inception, the Press has sold more than 2,000,000 volumes. Today it has over 1,000 titles in print. Eight employees, along with student assistants and outside sales representatives, produce and distribute approximately forty new titles annually. Many of these books are now available in e-book editions, which can be read on a variety of devices.
Sales representatives include the Columbia Consortium (for bookstores in the continental United States), Scholarly Book Services (Canada), the Eurospan Group (United Kingdom, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East), and East-West Export Books (Asia, the Pacific, and Hawaii). Warehousing and order fulfillment functions are handled by Hopkins Fulfillment Services. The Press is a full member of the Association of American University Presses.
The main offices of the Press are located on the campus of UMass Amherst in the historic East Experiment Station (1890) at 671 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01003 (click here for map). The Press also maintains an editorial office at UMass Boston.
The East Experiment Station
Built in 1890 to house the Department of Vegetable Pathology, the East Experiment Station was designed by architect Emory Ellsworth in the Richardson Romanesque style, with arched windows, brownstone lintels, sculpted downspouts, and rusticated stone and brick construction. Each office on the first floor has rectangular panels of stained glass above the windows. Although the ornate Victorian greenhouse is gone, the building was carefully refurbished in 2004 for use by the University of Massachusetts Press. It now contains offices for the editorial, design, production, marketing, and business staff.