UMass Press Book Features

UMass Press Showcases Outstanding Humanities Research

In 2021, the Press added works to its acclaimed long-running series and prepared to launch new series in emerging fields.

For nearly 60 years, the University of Massachusetts Press has served faculty, students, and the general public alike by publishing written works that “reflect the quality and diversity of intellectual life on our campuses, in our region, and around the world,” according to its mission. In 2021, despite a universally challenging environment due to the ongoing pandemic, the Press continued to thrive.

This year, UMass Press added new works to its acclaimed Public History in Historical Perspective series, edited by Distinguished Professor of History Marla Miller. It also published a new title, “Still They Remember Me”: Penobscot Transformer Tales, Volume 1, in its long-running series, Native Americans of the Northeast. The book received attention in a range of prominent venues, including a profile of the author team in The New Yorker, and coverage in Publishers Weekly, The Portland Press Herald, and Bangor Daily News.

“UMass Press showcases the research strengths of the university and forges strong connections to a national and international community of scholars in the humanities,” said Mike Malone, vice chancellor for research and engagement. “We’re proud of the Press’s excellent reputation—particularly in public history, environmental history, and Native American studies—and the outstanding publicity and national awards it receives.”

FY21 Stats


New Titles Published


Print Books Sold


Increase in e-book sales over previous FY

Looking to the year ahead, the Press plans to launch several exciting new scholarly series, including Activist Studies of Science & Technology, edited by Professor of History Sigrid Schmalzer, and Journalism and Democracy, edited by Professor of Journalism Kathy Roberts Forde and Sid Beddingfield, associate professor at the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota.

In Memoriam

Jules Chametzky

On September 23, 2021, Jules Chametzky, professor emeritus and one of the founders of UMass Press, died at age 93. A scholar of American Jewish and ethnic literatures, Chametzky was the author of many books. His most recent title published with the Press, in 2013, was Out of Brownsville: Encounters with Nobel Laureates and Other Jewish Writers: A Cultural Memoir.

In addition to his involvement with UMass Press, Chametzky was founder and long-time editor of The Massachusetts Review, an independent literary quarterly located on the UMass Amherst campus that receives support from the university and the Five College Consortium. In 2010, The Massachusetts Review established the annual Jules Chametzky Translation Prize, awarded to a translation published in the magazine, to honor Chametzky’s work at the magazine and his contributions in advancing cross-cultural understanding.

Learn more about Chametzky’s life and work.


In 2021, UMass Press titles received several prestigious accolades, including:

Lexington Six Book

Josephine Donovan’s The Lexington Six: Lesbian and Gay Resistance in 1970s America was a finalist for the 2021 Lambda Literary Awards in the category of LGBTQ Nonfiction. The book was selected out of a pool of more than 1,000 submissions from over 300 publishers.

Four UMass Press books

CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles

Exporting Jim Crow: Blackface Minstrelsy in South Africa and Beyond

Chinua Thelwell’s Exporting Jim Crow: Blackface Minstrelsy in South Africa and Beyond was a finalist for the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) Outstanding First Book Prize.

This story was originally published in December 2021.