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Richard Judd author of Second Nature: An Environmental History of New England won the 2015 James P. Hanlan Book Award from the New England Historical Association. 

Second Nature is in the series Environmental History of the Northeast, edited by Anthony Penna of Northeastern University and... More


"History Is Bunk": Assembling the Past at Henry Ford's Greenfield Village, by Jessie Swigger, won the 2015 Henry Ford Heritage Association Book Award.

The newest in the series Public History in Historical Perspective, edited by UMass Amherst professor Marla Miller, "History Is Bunk"... More


Andrea Friedman's Citizenship in Cold War America: The National Security State and the Possibilities of Dissent continues to garner impressive reviews, with many reviewers commenting on her conclusion in which she draws attention to the similarities between Cold War America and post-9/11 security measures. 

"In a marvelous conclusion, Friedman shows how the national security... More


2014 Juniper Prize for Fiction winner Sean Bernard's Desert sonorous: Stories continues to earn praise:

"Bernard inhabits male and female characters with equal delicacy and sensitivity. . . . Bernard displays a sure hand at narrative and an impressive gift for portraying characters who seek to escape the confines of life as it's lived in this corner of American desert."--Foreword... More


Coeditor with Jeff Parker of the upcoming A Manner of Being: Writers on Their Mentors, Annie Liontas earns a wonderful review of her debut novel Let Me Explain You in the New York Times Book Review!  Molly Young writes: "The experience of 'Let Me Explain You' is less of... More


The provocation of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman demands that scholars, readers, and fans reconsider Atticus Finch.

Amherst College professor Austin Sarat, editor of Reimagining To Kill a Mockingbird: Family, Community, and the Possibility of Equal Justice under Law,... More


AMHERST, Mass. –  James Tate, Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and other major awards in literature, died July 8. He was 71.

Tate had taught at UMass Amherst since 1971 in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers. He was married to fellow poet and Professor of English Dara Wier.

Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy said, “UMass Amherst, and a worldwide community of poets and writers, mourn the loss of... More


​The recent controversy concerning Rachel Dolezal’s racial identity steered many readers to a 2008 UMass Press book by Baz Dreisinger, Near Black: White-to-Black Passing in American Culture, which explores cases in which legally white individuals are imagined, by themselves or by others, as passing for black.  

Many... More


Liz Covart of Ben Franklin's World asks Michelle Marchetti Coughlin about how the subject of her book--One Colonial Woman’s World: The Life and Writings of Mehetabel Chandler Coit--lived day to day... More


In July, MATT BECKER will join the University of Massachusetts Press as our new Executive Editor. Matt comes to us after serving as Senior Acquisitions Editor at the University of Nevada Press. At Nevada, Matt launched the series "Mining and Society" and "America’s National Parks." He also started a regional trade list, "Short Histories," accessible and synthetic histories of parks, cities, and regions including Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe. Prior to joining Nevada, Matt worked at both the... More